Hot chocolate season is officially here, and whether you prefer regular old hot cocoa or prefer something a little more festive, we’re sharing our ultimate healthy chocolate recipe that you’ll want to sip on all winter long.
This hot chocolate is refined sugar-free and contains hidden superfoods, making it something you can enjoy without the guilt.
We’re also sharing some holiday-inspired ingredients you can add if you’re feeling like jazzing things up.
First, We’re Dishing on The Hidden Superfood Ingredients
Besides the fact that this decadent drink is a much healthier alternative to traditional hot chocolate, it also contains some superfood spices, making it even healthier.
Here’s a bit more about the ingredients that give this healthy hot chocolate an added boost.
Unsweetened Cacao Powder
One of the biggest things that sets this healthy hot chocolate apart from the store-bought packets is that we use the real deal — real cacao powder, which is key because all the nutritional goodness comes from the real thing.
And some research has shown that cocoa may come with some heart and brain-supporting properties, thanks to its rich flavanol content.
Turmeric is one of the most buzzed-about superfood spices thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, but turmeric does oh so much more!
Some research has also shown that turmeric may even be beneficial for helping us manage exercise-related muscle soreness (heck, yes!)
All these benefits give us yet another good reason to go ahead and sprinkle some of this golden goodness into this healthy hot chocolate.
Ghee is what gives this healthy hot chocolate an added boost of creaminess, and it’s actually a super healthy addition too. It’s rich in nutrients, including vitamins A, E, and K, and fatty acids.
Side note — if you want this to be completely dairy-free, you can swap out the ghee and use coconut oil instead.
The Ultimate Healthy Hot Chocolate (With Superfoods)
- 1 cup unsweetened oat or almond milk
- ½ cup full-fat unsweetened coconut milk (canned)
- 1.5 tbsp raw, unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tsp ghee (or coconut oil for a dairy-free option)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Top with coconut whipped cream and an extra sprinkle of ground cinnamon and turmeric
Add all the ingredients minus the whipped cream to a stockpot over low/medium heat and whisk well, heating until warm.
Pour into two mugs and top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and turmeric.
Use These Ingredients To Make A Festive Holiday Season Drink
Want to take a holiday spin on this recipe? Here are two yummy festive add-ins.
For a Thanksgiving, Fall-Inspired Healthy Hot Chocolate — Add a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.
To Make A Festive Peppermint Holiday Season Hot Chocolate — Swap out the turmeric and cinnamon and add ¼ tsp pure peppermint extract.
Healthy Hot Chocolate Just Got Seriously Delicious
Need another reason to make this healthy hot chocolate? Here’s just one more — it only takes five minutes to make. So, next time you’re in the mood for a warming and comforting beverage or are craving that sugary hot chocolate, try making this instead!
Trust us — you’ll be ready to ditch the store-bought options and wonder how you’ve gone so long without this real-deal hot chocolate!