On a chilly winter day, there’s nothing like a cup of healthy guilt-free hot chocolate to warm you up. The chilly day treat may appear to be an indulgence, but it actually offers a slew of health advantages.
1. Milk of your choice
If you want to make your healthy guilt-free hot chocolate vegan, low calorie, and dairy-free, use almond milk. The richer the hot chocolate, the richer the milk.
2. Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
The flavour of chocolate doesn’t get much more intense than in this pantry item. You may also use cacao to produce healthy guilt-free hot chocolate, but adjust the sweetness to suit. Cacao has been shown to be somewhat bitterer.
Replace the maple syrup with your preferred sugar-free substitute. It’s nearly impossible to taste this combination as you go since it’s fool-proof.
4. Authentic Vanilla Extract
This is a great technique to enhance the flavour of chocolate and make this healthy hot chocolate taste richer than it is.
5. Kosher salt
It may sound strange, but it is really required. Even in desserts, salt brings out other tastes without making them salty.
6. Chopped Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
There are many healthy guilt-free hot chocolate recipes online that leave them out to save calories, but we like healthy hot chocolate with chocolate melted in. It helps it taste more authentic and less depressing. You may always try the healthy guilt-free hot chocolate without it first to see whether you like it, and then add the melted chocolate if you don’t.
- Warm the almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it is warm but not boiling. Cook for 5 minutes. Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl (1-2 minutes).
- Cook for another 1-2 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a touch of cinnamon on top, if desired.
It’s delicious on its own, but to make it even more special, top it with a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream! Homemade coconut whipped cream is dairy-free/vegan and extremely simple to prepare.
You may modify this recipe based on what you have on hand and which components make your body feel the best. For a healthy guilt-free hot chocolate, we typically use unsweetened almond milk, but we also like to experiment with oat milk or coconut milk.
The quantities of the components can be changed to suit the desired flavour (except for a pinch of salt).