Apparently our local weather missed the memo that it is almost spring because we are sporting a foot of snow and subzero temperatures right now. I’ve been subsisting on turmeric tea and bundling up with homemade heat packs to stay warm. When my children asked for hot chocolate the other day after coming in from many hours of igloo building and playing in the snow, I was happy to oblige.
Healthy Hot Chocolate
This healthy homemade hot chocolate combines natural ingredients like cocoa powder, turmeric, gelatin, coconut oil or butter, and optional raw honey or maple syrup and cinnamon.
I whipped this up in the blender in under two minutes and it was easy to make by the glass or as a blender full. The recipe lists ingredients per cup, but you can easily double, triple, or multiply the recipe as needed to make more than one serving.
I’ve also listed options for substitutions to make this completely dairy free or include dairy and to make it coconut free if desired.
TIP: I don’t recommend making this at night as the chocolate may keep kids (and adults) awake!
This can be easily customized to your preferences and I’d love to hear your variations in the comments. Some of my favorites are to add a dash of cayenne for a spicy version or a few frozen raspberries for a berry variation. This Hazelnut Hot Chocolate is also a family favorite.
Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 8 ounces of hot water or coconut milk
- 2 TBSP cocoa powder
- 1 TBSP gelatin powder
- 1 TBSP butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp maca powder optional
- ½ tsp ground turmeric optional
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon optional
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey optional OR stevia drops to taste (I like this one)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract optional
- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend to combine.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
What is your favorite warm drink on snowy days?