Hot Chocolate After the Gym?

First, please allow me to address the obvious. Yes, despite my love affair with yin yoga, and quiet peaceful yoga studios, I also enjoy going to my local gym and lifting weights.

Having a husband who is a personal trainer doesn't hurt. Years ago he encouraged me to balance my yin practice with weight training, and my body has never felt so balanced.

So now onto the hot chocolate.

You may know from the consistent analogies I share in class between that vague concept of "desire" in spiritual traditions and my very real desire for pastries... that I have a thing for sweets. I could eat cupcakes and donuts and canollis every day. 

I don't, though, because I usually feel like crap if I do.

But THIS! THIS hot chocolate, especially when it's cold outside, is absolutely amazing.

Thanks to the incredible genius of Emily von Euw, author of Rawsome Vegan Baking, I found a way to enjoy hot chocolate without dairy or refined sugar, and I can tell you (from someone who grew up on swiss miss, then frequented the Ritz Cartlon cafe on Broad Street in Philadelphia solely for the purpose of enjoying their decadent cream-based hot chocolate), that this vegan recipe stands up to the best of them.

Give it a try, and please tell me what you think. It's not just for vegans or dairy-free mavens. It's for anyone who loves deliciousness.

1 cup organic unsweetened plain soy milk (I like Westsoy brand)
1 TBSP raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder if you're in a bind;)
1 TBSP unrefined coconut oil
1 TBSP maple syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
a small pinch of cayenne powder (optional)


Heat the soy milk (or any other non-dairy milk) in a small pot on the stove. While it's warming, mix the cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a small bowl until you've formed a mostly smooth paste.

Once your chocolate mixture is thoroughly mixed, add it to the warm milk and stir until smooth and even.

A handheld milk frother makes it super frothy and even creamier.  I like the "aero-latte" and you can usually find it for around $20.

Stir in the vanilla extract and cayenne at the very end.