Storing Raw Milk / Frozen Hot Chocolate
I’ve been going back and forth will raw milk co-ops since Annabelle turned 1. We’ve finally joined one with a membership that delivers every other week so for the last 2 months or so we’ve been getting a gallon of raw milk every other week. I love that we have it, except I don’t really drink milk except in my morning cup of coffee or if I need if for cooking or for baking one of Annabelle’s snacks and Annabelle refuses to drink anything but water out of a cup. I’m hopeful that sooner rather than later she will take a sip and love it, until then I’ll keep trying.
We get our milk on a Wednesday and by the next Friday I’m not really loving the taste anymore and there’s always some left. I hate throwing raw milk out. It’s too expensive and too nutritionally rich to toss. So I’ve started freezing it to toss into smoothies. And then I blended it with raw cacao, honey and coconut oil in a failed attempt to bribe Annabelle with chocolate milk and I created something awesome. My version of the frozen hot chocolate. Just blend your left over milk with cocoa powder, raw honey and coconut oil (the coconut oil addition was purely for the health benefits, you can skip it if you’re not a coconut fan). There’s no exact science to this, you can add as much or as little as you like. You can even add a banana to make it creamier. Then freeze it in an ice cube tray. Once they’re frozen toss the cubes into a Ziploc bag and store it in the freezer.
Now that they’re frozen you can add them to your chocolate smoothie or you can make a frozen hot chocolate drink. Toss a handful of cubes into a high powered blender with just enough liquid to get it to blend. You can use whatever milk you have on hand, almond, coconut, cow etc. All you need is a little. And if you really need chocolate throw a few chocolate chips on top. I made it for Annabelle. Because she LOVES chocolate. She refused to try it, so I had to drink it instead. And it was delicious! It’s not smooth and creamy like a milk shake but reminds me of the consistency of the oh so famous frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 in NYC. And I’m guessing it’s just a little bit healthier than their version.
Next time I’ll try mixing the milk with strawberries.