Feel Good Hot Chocolate
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Insanely rich, delicious, refined-sugar-free vegan hot chocolate infused with real cocoa butter, cacao powder, and maca powder for serious feel-good vibes. Just 7 ingredients required!
Recipe type: Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 2
  • 3 Tbsp (40 g) chopped (food-grade) cocoa butter*
  • 1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cacao (or cocoa) powder, sifted
  • optional: 1 Tbsp (6 g) carob powder, sifted (adds richer chocolate flavor)
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) canned light or homemade coconut milk, divided (or sub other milk // sub full-fat coconut milk will yield for creamier hot cocoa)
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maca powder (adds honeycomb flavor, promotes hormone balance + energy)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup (or sub stevia or coconut sugar, or blend the mixture with dates then strain)
FOR SERVING optional
  1. Add 1 inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place a glass or ceramic bowl on top that rests inside the saucepan but doesn’t touch the water, and add cocoa butter, sifted cacao powder, sifted carob powder (optional), and 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk. Whisk occasionally to melt until well combined.
  2. Carefully remove bowl from heat with a towel, and discard any remaining water in the saucepan.
  3. Transfer melted chocolate mixture to the saucepan, add cinnamon, maca powder, sea salt, maple syrup, and remaining 2 cups (480 ml) coconut milk, and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until just beginning to bubble.
  4. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, cinnamon for warmth/spice, maca for caramel flavor, or cacao powder (sifted) for more intense chocolate flavor. Additional cocoa butter will add more creaminess.
  5. Serve between two mugs and enjoy as is or top with coconut whipped cream and chocolate or cacao powder.
  6. Best when fresh, though hot chocolate keeps covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.
*In place of cocoa butter you could also sub naturally-sweetened vegan dark chocolate, such as Eating Evolved brand. Just scale back on sweetener elsewhere in the recipe to compensate. I used cocoa butter to keep this recipe naturally sweetened.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings without optional ingredients or toppings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 315 Fat: 26.1 g Saturated fat: 15.9 g Carbohydrates: 26.1 g Sugar: 15.1 g Sodium: 150 mg Fiber: 4.1 g Protein: 2.9 g
Recipe by Minimalist Baker at https://minimalistbaker.com/feel-good-hot-chocolate/