In a small pot, add the dry ingredients (cocoa powder, corn starch, and sweetener) and mix well.
Once these are mixed well, slowly add the water to the mixture a bit at a time and keep on mixing; by the end of this, you should have a very liquid mixture with no knots at all.
Start warming up this mixture on a low heat and as soon as it starts warming up, keep on mixing and add the almond milk.
Mix well through and keep on mixing – it is very important, as you don’t want the starch and cocoa to thicken at the bottom of the pan as they set.
As soon as it starts thickening lightly, add the Amaretto and mix well.
Continue mixing until you reach the desired consistency, then pour in two mugs and serve!
Just a few notes for this very easy, yet tasty, drink.
When purchasing the cocoa powder, check that it is certified vegan; although this is a vegan ingredient, many factories may be worried about cross-contamination. This is mainly because they may prepare chocolate bars in the same facilities or pre-mixed hot chocolate sachets. If you are not using amaretto, then feel free to use another milk, not necessarily almond. Amaretto has an almond flavor, therefore I find it to be very complementary in this drink and would not personally use other highly flavored milk, but something less strong may still be suitable, like oat milk. Other liquors are excellent in hot chocolate (visit Italy – you’d be surprised at how many!). Vanilla flavored Vodka (or not) taste great, as well as rum!
Exchange the amaretto for Malibu’ and use coconut milk instead of almond… and there you have it! Coconut Hot Chocolate! When purchasing your amaretto, although most brands are vegan, double-check for peace of mind! The thickness of the hot chocolate can be controlled; if this way it gets too thick for your taste, then add less corn starch or don’t use it at all and go more traditional. The important part, in any case, is to keep on stirring the drink as it warms up also if you do not put any starch in your recipe – the cocoa powder would eventually sit at the bottom of the pan and you don’t want that! Sweetener wise, just like for the starch, adjust as per taste! I drink coffee without sugar, but I love my cocoa quite sweet… you’re in the driver seat here!