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Enlightened Hot Chocolate

Enlightened Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups nonfat milk, divided 
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons sugar 
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ounces  good-quality bittersweet chocolate (60‑70% cacao), chopped
1/2 cup  fat-free half-and-half, steaming hot

Directions

Sprinkle cornstarch over 1/2 cup of the nonfat milk in a small bowl and whisk to dissolve. Whisk in cocoa and sugar until smooth.

In a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over low heat, bring the remaining 2 1/2 cups nonfat milk and the vanilla bean just to a simmer. Remove the bean, scrape the vanilla seeds into the milk, and discard the bean. Gradually whisk the cocoa mixture into the milk.

Cook, whisking often, until the mixture comes to a full boil, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and, if using vanilla extract, stir it in now.

Add chopped chocolate and hot half‑and‑half; mix until smooth. Strain through a wire sieve into four mugs and serve at once. (If not using immediately, cover surface with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming.)

Cook’s Note: Any kind of flavor (preferably sugar-free) can be added. Try raspberry, cinnamon, or holiday ginger-spice. Or, substitute milk or white chocolate for the bittersweet chocolate.

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Servings

5 MINUTES

Prep Time

12 MINUTES

Cook Time


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 230
Fat 7 g
Sat Fat 4 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 140 mg
Carbohydrate 34 g
Fiber 1 g
Protein 9 g
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