How to Make Incredibly Healthy Hot Chocolate...With Spices! (A Keto Version Included)
I LOVE chocolate....especially dark chocolate. And I love hot chocolate on a cold winter day, too. With Fall looming on the horizon, I can just hardly wait to start enjoying my hot cocoa drinks! For a long time, I stopped drinking my beloved hot cocoa because it's so full of sugar, and the kinds in the grocery stores are full of chemicals and garbage--toxins. So what's a girl to do about that hot chocolate craving? Make it yourself!
I am not much one for lots of sugar. But I have been craving chocolate like crazy! So I came across a recipe for how to make a hot chocolate mix and just changed it up somewhat....well, quite a bit, actually, to create a more healthy version!
My version of hot chocolate mix combines Ginger, Cinnamon, Cayenne, and Nutmeg along with Dutch-processed cocoa. The herbs have healing qualities, help with circulation, and more, while the 100% cocoa is full of healthy anti-oxidants!
Although I did have to use some sugar, this hot chocolate mix contains far less than the typical version and recipes I've seen. And it's still delicious!
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How to Make Homemade Spiced Hot Chocolate
Remember, if you struggle with guilt over having tasty things, you won't have to do that with this delicious and healthy recipe for herbal hot chocolate!
Ingredients for Spiced Hot Chocolate Mix
*** 2 cups Organic Sugar (I think you could actually get away with 1 1/2 cups--at least I can)
*** 2 cups Dutch processed Cocoa (I used Rodelle---it's the best I've tasted, and it only contains cocoa) IMPORTANT NOTE: Carol, one of our awesome community of readers, left a GREAT comment about the difference between Dutch processed cocoa and its less processed cousin. Please check out her comment, and like I'm going to do...do some research on this! I think we'd all love to hear some additional thoughts!
*** 1/2 tablespoon Sea Salt
*** 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
*** 1 teaspoon Cayenne (you can use less if you don't like hot spices)
*** 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Ginger powder
The above ingredients are for the mix. You'll also need milk or a good milk substitute like unsweetened almond milk (my favorite).
NOTE: The above links are to Amazon. But mostly I buy all my medicinal and culinary herbs in bulk from Starwest Botanicals. You can get great prices on fresh and organic quality herbs there!
Directions to Create Your Herbal Hot Chocolate Mix
Mix everything all up together. I found I had to mix for awhile and use a large spoon to be sure all the sugar was mixed in really well. I didn't want huge clumps of any ingredient to ruin a good cup of cocoa!
Store your mix in an airtight container, like a Mason jar. You can even put this mix into smaller 8 ounce jelly jars for wonderful thoughtful gifts!
To Make a Cup of Spiced Hot Chocolate:
NOTE: Another wonderful reader asked the question, how much mix to milk? Yikes! So, I'm adding better directions! Thank you, readers, for commenting! Love you!
For one 8 ounce cup of milk, use 2 tablespoons of the cocoa mix---give or take to taste.
If you have a microwave oven, you could use one to heat the milk, if you like. Then add the cocoa and stir well.
However, I do not have a microwave oven, so what I did was pour my milk into a small sauce pan and heat gently until just barely starting to simmer. You don't want to burn it---so don't get it into a full boil. I added the cocoa directly to the sauce pan and stirred while the almond milk was heating.
Pour into a cup and enjoy!
You can add whipped cream if you like, too, for extra deliciousness!
Final Thoughts on Spiced Hot Chocolate
It felt SO wonderful to enjoy hot chocolate again, only in a much healthier way! You can easily adjust this recipe to fit your own needs and the needs of your family too! I think next time I make it, I'll decrease the sugar by half and add honey if I need it to the final cup. That will lessen the sugar even more. Win!
NOTE: Since I created this hot cocoa blend last year, I have edged into a more keto lifestyle, which is very low carb. If you want to adjust this even further so it is even more low carb than it is now, just add Monk Fruit or Erythritol in place of the sugar. Bye-Bye, carbs! :-)
Do you make your own hot chocolate? What are your favorite flavors? Leave a comment because I love your ideas!
Hugs, Health, & Self-Reliance,
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