I love chocolate syrup. It’s smooth, it’s sweet, and it’s oh-so-tasty. But commercial chocolate syrups typically aren’t very good for you. They’re packed full of preservatives, weird ingredients, and the dreaded GMO-infected corn syrup. Which is why it’s so amazing that chocolate syrup–or cocoa syrup as I like to call it–is so easy to make yourself!
This smooth, chocolately liquid gold is not only easy to make, but it also consists of ingredients that are common in most home kitchens (especially real food ones)! One of the key ingredients is maple syrup. To make this healthful, be sure to purchase REAL maple syrup (you should be able to tell by reading the ingredients label, plus it should say what grade it is such as A or B).
Please also keep in mind that just because maple syrup is a natural sweetener does not mean that you can have as much of it as you want. Maple syrup does still affect blood sugar levels, so keep that in mind and don’t over-indulge.
Now, on to the uber easy recipe! Enjoy!
- 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 c. maple syrup
- 1/4 to 1/2 c. cold water
- 1/4 tsp. Real Salt
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a small saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, maple syrup, water, and salt. Heat, whisking just about constantly, over medium heat until everything's thoroughly mixed together.
Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla.
Serve hot over ice cream or allow to cool to mix in chocolate milk. Or do with it whatever you would with chocolate syrup!