This healthy hot chocolate is another fun, helpful, shortcut recipe that I created for Growing Naturals. As a holiday special, they are offering Go Dairy Free viewers a 40% discount on their Dairy-Free Rice Milk Powder, now through December 4th – yes today is the LAST DAY!!! Use the following coupon code when adding the product to your cart: DAIRYFREE40.
The cold weather and snow has finally set in here, and we’re celebrating by guzzling gallons of nourishing, hot beverages! Though I tend to be cold, and love, love, love hot, dry weather, there is something special about snuggling up with a warm drink when it’s cold outside. This ritual keeps me sane and happy as our temperatures suddenly drop from 70ºF to 35ºF – we never really get fall here, just a quick leaf falling and a speedy transition from shorts to fleece-lined pants.
Lately, in case you can’t tell, chocolate has been my addiction. And in my pursuit of the perfect delivery mode, I’ve been testing out this healthy hot chocolate recipe (oh yes, many tests!).
What makes this healthy hot chocolate so wonderful? Well aside from being super-simple and quick, I use a vegan, top allergen-free rice milk powder that rivals dairy milk in nutrients, but is sweeter and more delicious. That said, it’s also very low sugar, so I’m able to customize a healthy hot chocolate with just a few grams of sugars, no dairy, no soy, and no gluten! The touch of coconut cream gives it that luxurious touch, and a hint of healthy fat to help in nutrient absorption, so I don’t recommend omitting it.
Special Diet Notes: Healthy Hot Chocolate
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.
- ¼ cup chocolate dairy-free rice milk powder (for the perfect sweetness and milkiness, I actually like to use 2 tablespoons Growing Naturals Smooth Original Rice Drink Powder and 2 tablespoons Velvety Chocolate Rice Drink Powder)
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut cream*
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or sweetener to taste (optional)
- 1 cup hot water
- Place the rice milk powder(s), cocoa, coconut cream, and maple syrup in a mug.
- Pour in the hot water, and stir until all ingredients are dissolved.
- Optional: Serve topped with marshmallows (we used vegan Dandies!), coconut whip, or try one of my variations below.
Peppermint Healthy Hot Chocolate Variation: Add 3 to 4 drops of peppermint extract to your beverage. Peppermint can be very intense, so add just a drop at a time and taste-test along the way. Around the holidays, you can alternately use a candy cane for a stir stick to add some sweet peppermint flavor.
Coconut Cream Note: If you don't have coconut cream handy, let a can of full-fat coconut milk settle (chill in the refrigerator if needed to help it set up) and skim the thick coconut cream from it to use in this recipe. Alternately, you can simply use canned coconut milk (light or original).