My boys love that I celebrate National food holidays in a “healthified” way and tomorrow is National Hot Chocolate Day! If you want to celebrate with us, you must try this recipe for the BEST Hot Chocolate!
Have you ever made hot chocolate and the cocoa powder clumps up and floats at the top? Not in this recipe!
When I make my hot chocolate, I make a paste with the unsweetened cocoa powder and high quality butter!
I like to use a quality unsweetened cocoa powder that is a full fat cocoa powder verses most cocoa powders that are reduced fat and not as rich and flavorful.
Same with butter, I love Kerrygold because it has a higher fat content than most.
If you want to make this the BEST hot chocolate, I highly suggest using browned butter which creates a caramel-like flavor that is rich and nutty! I brown a whole stick of butter and have extras in the fridge to add to fish, shrimp or steak! But if you don’t want to brown the butter, you still will have a delicious hit chocolate!
To brown butter, check out this video:
One of my recipe testers called this hot cocoa “Heaven in a Cup!”
The BEST Hot Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened full-fat cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons browned butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)
- 2 tablespoons Swerve confectioners (or equivalent natural sweetener)
- ⅛ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- Few drops [b]chocolate stevia[/b] (or English Toffee stevia)
- Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or heavy cream or full fat coconut milk if you are feeling decadent!)
- OPTIONAL GARNISH: Whipped cream (or my coconut cream for dairy free) sweetened with a few drops monk fruit extract
- Place the cocoa powder, butter, natural sweeteners, cinnamon and salt into a small pot. Heat over low heat and stir well to make a paste .
- Slowly whisk in unsweetened almond milk. Heat over medium heat just until heated through. Do not boil. Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with whipped cream if desired.
127 calories, 13g fat, 1g protein, 1g carbs, 1g fiber