You don’t have to stick to the old folklore of mixing hot water, milk and cocoa powder. Get creative with these healthy cocoa options.
CBD-Infused Lavender Hot Chocolate
- One cup of hemp, unsweetened plant-based milk
- Culinary lavender – One tablespoon
- Cocoa powder – Two tablespoons
- Maple syrup – Two tablespoons
- Vanilla extract – One teaspoon
- Neutral-flavored CBD oil – One dropper-full (Be sure to check out this great overview about CBDistillery and why their oil makes a perfect choice for this recipe).
Mix all ingredients in a medium pot and heat on low temperature while whisking until you create a frothy drink. Serve the beverage while hot.
Using Maple syrup is one of the healthiest ways to avoid refined sugar. The syrup adds not only a punch of deliciousness but also the maple taste that brings to the fore a unique flavor to your cup of cocoa.
Traditional Hot Chocolate with Vanilla
- 1 cup milk (or nut milk)
- 1-3 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate cut into small pieces
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split
- This recipe yields one cup of cocoa.
Start by heating the milk to scalding in a medium sized saucepan. Add vanilla and let the mixture steam for about 10 minutes. Strain and place the milk in the pan for it to reheat. Whisk in the cocoa until the beverage is melted and frothy. Serve while hot.
This recipe will yield you not only a tasty cup of cocoa but also a better cup that is free of chemicals such as the one made from a crummy instant mix.
Dried Plum Cocoa
- One pinch of salt
- 1 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
- Three medium plums
- Two tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Just put all the ingredients in the blender and puree to create a smooth mix. Heat the resultant beverage gently on a stove. Serve while hot.
This recipe gives you a cup of thick and velvety beverage that almost resembles a cup of drinking chocolate. Besides, instead of empty calories from sugar, the method ensures that you get a healthy dose of fiber, minerals, and antioxidants as well as vitamins. While this recipe gives you one cup of cocoa, you may adjust the ingredients accordingly.
Coconut Hot Cocoa
- Three tablespoons canned coconut milk
- One tablespoon cacao powder
- 3/4 cup water
- Three soft pitted Medjool dates
- Dash of cinnamon
Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree to generate a silky smooth blend. Heat the beverage on the stove. Enjoy while hot.
This recipe is dairy-free, does not contain sugar and is free of nuts as well. The hot coconut cocoa could be the closest you can get to cocoa nirvana making it one of the healthiest cocoa options. Again, the recipe yields one cup, but the ingredients can be adjusted to be in line with the number of people you want to serve.
Mexican Hot Cocoa
- 1 cup soy milk (or regular milk)
- One tablespoon Sucanat (see note)
- Two tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- One pinch of salt
- One pinch of cinnamon
- One pinch of cayenne
Mix all the ingredients in a medium pot and use low heat to warm. Keep whisking until the mixture is frothy and hot. Serve while hot.
If you want to savor hot cocoa the Mayan way, this is the recipe to sample. When mixed properly, this recipe will give you a cup of cocoa that retains heat and flavors for long. It is also one of the tastiest healthy cocoa options to try.