Six Guilt-Free Hot Chocolates

Last week, we had record-low temperatures and a ton of snow. After an afternoon of playing in the snow, my kids came in, dropped their wet snow gear by the door and declared they’d like some hot chocolate. I love hot chocolate. I wanted to indulge with them but the idea of having creamy, sugary hot chocolate on a random afternoon filled me with guilt. Trying to be optimistic, I set out to find a hot chocolate I could have anytime without feeling guilty. Mission accomplished! Since then, I’ve come up with several variations to fit any mood or occasion.

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Basic, guilt-free hot chocolate:

  • Heat 1 C unsweetened almond milk in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes
  • Whisk in 1T unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 packs (about 1/2 t) stevia. If you really don’t like stevia, you could add about 1t honey or maple syrup instead. The stevia makes it more guilt-free and gives me the kick of sweet I need.

Almond Hot chocolate

  • 1 recipe Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate
  • Stir in 1/8 t almond extract

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • 1 recipe Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate
  • Stir in 1/4 t peppermint extract or 1 drop pure peppermint oil

Coconut Hot Chocolate

  • Make 1 recipe Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate, but use coconut milk instead of almond milk

Mexican Hot Chocolate

  • 1 recipe Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate
  • Whisk in 1/4 t cinnamon and 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Orange Hot Chocolate

  • 1 recipe Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate
  • Stir in 1/4 t orange extract

Using almond milk keeps the sugars low, but makes the hot chocolate extremely creamy. If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, add less cocoa. If you like your chocolate super dark, consider adding more cocoa. This hot chocolate has been a big part of my life this cold season (which only started two weeks ago???) and will likely last through March.

 

One Response to “Six Guilt-Free Hot Chocolates”

  1. Julia
    November 27, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Wonderful post! Love the list! What restaurant have you had the best hot chocolate? Remember to add it to your Besty List! http://www.thebesty.com/thepinkapron