We have been craving a good cup of hot chocolate all winter long and while the packaged powder sounds convenient and delicious it is also loaded with unnecessary sugars. So, we set out on a mission for a hot chocolate recipe that was Rooted approved. This recipe can be used with milk or be dairy free and is sweetened with natures sugar – pure maple syrup. So, let’s get the whipped cream and cinnamon sticks handy because we are cooking up a steaming cup of hot chocolate. The perfect end cap to a sleigh riding adventure.
Here’s what you’ll need for this healthy hot chocolate & where to source:
Milk: We recommend whole milk for that thick, creamy taste. If you prefer a dairy free option, coconut milk & almond milk offers the best combination.
Unsweetened cocoa powder: a high-quality cocoa powder is essential. We recommend making a trip to Calico Bean for their dark cocoa powder, we tested a few brands and this was our favorite.
Pure maple syrup: Lucky for us, maple syrup can easily be locally sourced. Make a trip to the farmers market, or browse your grocery stores selection for locally harvested maple syrup.
Vanilla extract: A splash of pure vanilla offers that extra boost of flavor!
3 cups milk OR 2 cups unsweetened almond milk & 1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (we sourced from Calico Bean Market)
2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (we sourced from McGreal Family Farms)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt (if desired)
- Add all ingredients to a small pot and place over low to medium heat. Use a whisk to stir vigorously, ensuring there are no lumps. Do not bring the mixture to a boil as the milk can burn quickly. Simply keep on the stove and stir often until steaming hot
- Once hot chocolate is the desired temperature, remove from heat and pour into your favorite mug. Top with a homemade whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon or some shavings of dark chocolate!