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Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

10 minutes

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate

This is our adaptation of traditional Oaxacan hot chocolate, which uses freshly roasted cacao beans to provide chocolate flavor and finely ground nuts rather than dairy to add richness. Since cacao beans are hard to find in the U.S., we opted for unsweetened chocolate; like cacao, it has no added sugar or milk solids, so its flavor is pure and potent. Even average supermarket brands yielded excellent results. A small amount of almond butter was an easy way to give the drink a rich creaminess. Contrary to popular belief, traditional Oaxacan hot chocolate is not flavored with chilies, but we did like the gentle tingling heat of a dash of chipotle chili powder; add up to ¼ teaspoon, or leave it out, if you prefer. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat gently in a saucepan over medium-low just until steaming.

4

cups

Tip

Don't use boiling water to soften the chocolate in the blender, as it will cause pressure to build in the jar when the blender is turned on; the water needs to be only about 100°F. (However, boiling water stirred in at the end ensures that the drink is hot for serving.) Don't use raw almond butter. The toasty flavor of almond butter made with roasted nuts is key to a rich, full-flavored drink.

10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4

    ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 2

    cups hot (about 100°F) water, plus 1 cup boiling water

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