Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Minty Hot Cocoa with ........Spinach!!

A recently tried a new cocoa recipe from chef Missy AKA The Sneaky Chef. Since I am preparing to host a cooking school series through my churches Outreach Ministry, I decided to start experimenting with some new stuff. 

I liked this recipe, nobody in my family to even guess that I had added spinach! I did make some changes to the order of ingredients, I will make the notes as we go.

First: mix up the "green juice" This consists of 3 cups raw baby spinach leaves and 1 cup of water.

*you need to make sure that you use the baby spinach, when the leaves are still young they have not developed the spinach flavor, therefore you can add this juice to your cocoa without leaving a trace of flavor.

The Sneaky Chef recipe calls to add the peppermint and vanilla extracts to the cooking cocoa mixture..I decided to add them to the green juice:

Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp peppermint extract. (for some adult drinks you could substitue the peppermint extract for some creme de menthe or peppermint schnapps)

Puree it in your trusty food processor or blender.

Measure out 1/2 cup to use now and 1/2 cup to use next time,
I love these plastic jars from Bell. You can find them with the canning supplies.

Now its time to make the cocoa. I am going to share the Sneaky Chef recipe for the cocoa, I did not really prefer it since I like my cocoa to be very rich and chocolatey, My family prefered the cocoa mixes that we have versus this recipe, or try making the cocoa as it is on the cocoa box.

Combine 2 cups of milk, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 cup green juice in a saucepan. Slowly heat on medium heat. 

Anytime you are heating milk product, you should do so over medium heat, stirring often. If the milk scalds, it won't be any good.  Use a wisk and move across the bottom of the pot, you don't want any of the milk to burn along the bottom of the pot. Not only does it make the drink taste different, but it is tough to wash burnt milk off the bottom of a pot.

Don't bring the cocoa to a boil, just well heated. Pour the cocoa into your favorite mugs and top with whip cream.

Enjoy! My kids drank it up like it was their normal cocoa with a little minty extra.  The second jar of green juice I saved has been added to their nightly cocoa mix. When my son asked me what that green stuff was, I told him that it was the mint flavoring..which is why I had added the mint and vanilla extracts to the green juice. They never think twice about it!

Try it out and tell me how it goes!

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