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Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe – Best Recipe You Can Try Out!

Who doesn’t love a full cup of delicious hot chocolate? Just the thought of it might be making you crave it. What if you can ...

by Kate Johnson

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Who doesn’t love a full cup of delicious hot chocolate? Just the thought of it might be making you crave it. What if you can add chocolate as a part of a healthy diet when prepared with appropriate ingredients? Hot chocolate is one of the easiest desserts that you can prepare at your home where you get to customize your unique flavor.

This article will provide you with the best hot chocolate recipe that you can try which is both delectable and healthy.

What You Might Need For Hot Chocolate?

The ingredients you need to make this delicacy might just as well be lying around your kitchen right now. If not, go run to the nearest grocery store and grab everything you need right away.

Hot Chocolate Ingredients

🔶 Choosing Right Milk

When it comes to choosing milk, it can be any kind of your choice. If you would like a low-calorie dairy-free option, it is better to go for unsweetened almond milk. Light coconut milk is considered to be an incredible choice as it can make your drink ultra-creamy and add a slight sweetness.

🔶 Cocoa For The Win

Here comes the star of the show, unsweetened cocoa powder. You can use cocoa powder or cacao powder just try to make sure they are of high quality. Try using the best flavor of cocoa powders from the available options as it makes all the difference.

🔶 Vanilla Extracts

A pinch of vanilla extract can make a huge difference in any recipe that you try especially when it comes to hot chocolate, vanilla extracts can be a real game changer. Try it for yourself and see how it makes the chocolate protein hot chocolate richer in taste.

🔶 Maple Syrup

If you wish to add the right amount of sweetness to the recipe, you can go pick up maple syrup without second thoughts as not only is it a natural sweetener but also does not try to suppress the taste of the chocolate. Try starting with a small amount and gradually increasing it until you get the desired sweetness.

You can include other ingredients as well such as a pinch of salt and chocolate chips for the perfect taste. 

How To Make Hot Chocolate?

The primary step is to boil the milk thoroughly on medium to low heat. Then you can add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt while whisking the recipe thoroughly. You have to make sure to continuously whisk to avoid any lumps that could form from cocoa powder.  You can add the vanilla extracts and chocolate chips if you prefer.

You have to boil the mixture until the chocolate is melted completely and do not let it boil as almond milk when boiled changes its flavor. You may now add more chocolate if you want or any topping that you would prefer, be it whipped cream or cinnamon.

Other Recipes You Can Try

🔶 Hot Chocolate With Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is the classic hot chocolate topping that you can use. Not only does it provide an added flavor but using whipped coconut cream is considered to be a vegan option that you could try.

🔶 Vegan Hot Chocolate 

You can prepare vegan hot chocolate by using any dairy-free milk such as almond milk.

🔶 Mexican Hot Chocolate

For preparing Mexican hot chocolate, you will have to heat the milk over medium heat until it begins to simmer. You can then add the chocolate that you are using and if you want to use spices such as cinnamon, you can add cinnamon sticks to the hot milk. You will have to whisk continuously until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and clear.

🔶 Irish Hot Chocolate

Heat the milk over medium heat until tiny bubbles appear, let it sit for some time, and add chocolate and Irish cream liqueur. You can serve them with whipped cream and chocolate chips.

🔶 Coconut Oil Hot Chocolate

Coconut oil hot chocolate is prepared by combining milk, coconut oil, cocoa powder, or chocolate.  You will have to heat them over medium heat with continuous whisking. You can add the sweetener as you wish and remove it from the heat. You can serve them hot or cold as you prefer.

Conclusion

Hot chocolate can not only be considered a delicious dessert that can fulfill your cravings but also a nutritious dessert that you can enjoy guilt-free when prepared using the appropriate ingredients.

To make the hot chocolate healthier, you can go for unsweetened cocoa powder instead of the traditional one, you can also try using plant-based milk instead of the full-fat milk that you usually use.

If you want to add sugar, try replacing it with natural sweeteners such as maple syrup. To sum up, Hot chocolate can be considered perfect for health-conscious individuals who don’t want to compromise on eating delicacies.

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