(Family Features) - Nothing says comfort on a chilly day like a steaming mug of hot cocoa. For many of us, hot chocolate means a cup of hot water with a powdered packet of mix stirred in. But, in reality, making authentic hot chocolate doesn't require a big investment of time or effort-and its taste far exceeds that of the powdered variety.
The hot chocolate recipe featured here incorporates the goodness of organic soymilk and silken tofu, which ups the health ante on this traditional cold-weather favorite. And, best of all, this healthful, yet decadent-tasting, treat comes together in just about 10 minutes. Simply simmer together soymilk and spices, let the mixture sit for 5 minutes for the flavors to infuse, and then strain and garnish with fresh whipped tofu cream, a drizzle of honey and a cinnamon stick.
"Spiced hot chocolate provides a sensuous experience. It is a warming drink, due to cardamom, an aromatic spice from the ginger family," says Chef Jim Coleman, host of PBS-TV's "Healthy Flavors" cooking show, and a fan of using soy products in his kitchen. "Both chocolate soymilk and silken tofu are tremendously versatile ingredients for cooks who like to prepare delicious, heart-healthy dishes."
Soy products--such as the Vitasoy Chocolate Soymilk and Nasoya Silken Tofu used in the spiced hot chocolate recipe--provide stellar results in dishes ranging from drinks to dips to entrees. Not only do they make great substitutes for dairy products, but they also provide a host of other benefits.
- High in calcium
- Low in saturated fat
- Dairy- and lactose-free
- Cholesterol- and preservative-free
- USDA Certified Organic
- Excellent sources of high-quality protein, essential fatty acids and dietary fiber
For more quick and easy recipe ideas, visit www.vitasoy-usa.com.