Perhaps you had a rough day at work.
Perhaps you squabbled with your significant other, or with your sister.
Perhaps you witnessed a customer raising their voice in frustration at a nervous-looking salesgirl who has probably faced more than her fair share of aggressive Christmas shoppers already this season.
Perhaps you’ve been battling a host of unwanted thoughts this week.
Perhaps you wish you felt more confident about your end-of-year exams.
Perhaps you dropped an open jar of sugar on the kitchen tiles, and had to clean the sticky mess whilst keeping your dog from hyperactively licking the crystals at the same time.
Perhaps when you woke up this morning, you maybe just a little bit only slightly a tad mostly because no one was watching wanted to cry for a minute or two or four.
Perhaps you wish people would be a little kinder to each other.
Perhaps you’re really trying at something and you’re scared you’ll fail but you keep going anyway, even though it’s uncomfortable.
Perhaps someone you care about is unwell, and you can’t cure it.
Perhaps the world simply seems a bit dreary today, and you want something comforting and nourishing, yet also exciting and exotic, to curl your hands around as you tuck your feet beneath you on the couch.
Perhaps all you need is a mugful of vegan Hot Lavender Cocoa (or carob).
Vegan Hot Lavender Cocoa (or Carob)
- 1 tb cocoa or carob powder (I love carob best)
- 1/4 tsp dried culinary lavender
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional; I add this when using plain almond milk)
- sweetener, to taste (I use maple syrup or vanilla stevia, and need far less when making hot carob as opposed to hot cocoa, due to the inherent sweetness of carob.)
- In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients together until the cocoa or carob powder has dissolved.
- Keep whisking over medium heat until the milk is starting to simmer gently. (Alternatively, whisk ingredients together in a small microwave-safe jug and microwave on medium-high for 1.5 – 2 minutes, until heated.)
- If desired, strain out the lavender (I never bother), then pour into a mug and sip, slowly. Perhaps.