‘Here we’ve only got one rule:
Never, ever let it cool!
Keep it cookin’ in the pot,
You’ve got hot chocolate!’ -The Polar Express
There are few things more comforting than cradling a warm mug between your hands on a chilly day. I enjoy watching as the curling steam rises from the surface, breathing in the mouthwatering scent of the delightful treat within.
Everyone in our family enjoys a wide range of warm drinks. We aren’t much for coffee but each of us delights in hot tea of all varieties. Our two oldest boys have both been drinking warm fruit/herbal teas and sleepy time teas since they were two. They are particularly fond of including stevia, honey, and lemon in their tea. And of course we all enjoy that perennial favorite hot chocolate!
We are admittedly drinking a lot of hot chocolate around here this winter! It seems almost every afternoon someone pipes up ‘How about some hot chocolate?’
I don’t mind serving traditional hot chocolate on special occasions around the holidays but for everyday drinking, I prefer not to indulge in high sugar drinks. With a family history of diabetes and other health issues aside, we’ve found we all feel much better when not regularly consuming food and drinks high in sugar.
So after experimenting a bit, I finally came up with a healthier hot chocolate that we’ve all been enjoying. We don’t have it everyday but usually 2 or sometimes 3-lol, times a week, I’ll get out our little pot and whip up a batch. I serve it in our tiny monogrammed mugs, so cute, as well- so it’s not too much!
This hot chocolate is vegan, it tastes amazing, and it’s thicker than traditional hot chocolate, which I appreciate. It reminds me of the thicker Mexican style hot chocolate I’ve tasted in the past. Speaking of which, Mexican style hot chocolate often includes spices and I plan to try a spicy version of this recipe next. I’ll probably start with cinnamon and get more adventurous from there! Maybe some nutmeg…
Give this recipe a try if you are looking for a fun, healthy treat that’s lower in sugar!
– 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or other milk alternative) *I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it’s what we have on hand but I prefer plain unsweetened almond milk.
-1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
-1 oz. vegan dark chocolate, chopped (at least 72% cocoa) *I prefer 88% dark chocolate.
-1 1/2 tbsp whole food liquid sweetener such as pure maple syrup, honey, or as we used raw coconut nectar
-5-10 drops liquid stevia or to taste
-Warm almond milk over medium-low heat until just simmering.
-Add chopped dark chocolate, stirring continuously until melted.
-Add cocoa powder and stevia, whisking until dissolved.
-Remove from heat.
-Immediately but slowly drizzle in the raw coconut nectar, stir.
-Allow to cool slightly.
-Then, pour into your favorite mugs to serve and ENJOY!
What are your favorite family friendly holiday drinks? Have you tried making a healthier version? If you have a favorite that you’d like to see a healthy version of let me know!
Thanks for reading! And lots of love!