Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate - The Low Fat Version



Valentine's Day cannot be complete for me without something either Chocolate or Red. But I have been trying to eat healthy and I know that I am so addicted to this baby that I would be making it more than once - So Thank God for the low fat version!! Well nothing beats the normal version which is an epitome of decadence but honestly I'd rather compromise on that rather than go on the guilt trip every other day. So here it goes:


Red Velvet Hot Chocolate - The Low Fat Version
recipe from here. Very loosely adapted!
Makes 2 medium sized servings or 1 extra large serving.

Ingredients:

1 cup Whole Milk
2 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Sugar (or as per your preference)
2 tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips (you can use normal chocolate too)
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
2 drops Vanilla Essence/1 drop Vanilla Extract
A drop of Red Food Coloring.


Toppings:

I went sans toppings, but I'd suggest Marshmallows for the Low Fat Version. The original recipe has a mouth watering recipe for Cream Cheese Whipped Cream which you should totally check out if you're not counting calories!
Update : In the pic above, I did add Whipped Cream on top! - 8 January 2012.


Method:

Heat everything except the Red color in a pan. Stir constantly and ensure that the chocolate is melted. What I did half way through the heating was actually blended the mixture for a few seconds and it really made up for the Velvet texture part of it. Pour it back into the pan and continue heating, add the Red Color and stir well. Top it with your favorite toppings and serve hot! Wasn't that super easy?! You don't even have to worry about the extra calories. Rich in anti-oxidants due to the Dark Chocolate and the Cocoa, if this does not taste like Red Velvet Valentine spirit, I don't know what will! Serve Hot. Or room temperature. Or cold. It tastes great all the way! Belated Happy Valentine's Day to everyone :)



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