12 Best delicious and healthy Hot Chocolate Recipes

So let’s be honest here, how many of you have a guilty pleasure of sipping on a hot cup of chocolate every second day? Well, most of us do love chocolate, don’t we? It is a pleasure food, that can get literally anyone out of a bad mood even!

But did you know that hot chocolate too comes in variations? Yes, there are so many different flavors you can incorporate in your cup of hot chocolate and in this article we’ll let you in on 10 of the best hot chocolate recipes for you to try out.

Double hot chocolate

12 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes

1. Double hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp choco chips
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sweetener to taste

Method:

Into a hot cup of milk, add in the cacao powder and choco chips and give it a mix. Once the choco chips have melted, add in a pinch of salt and some sweetener to taste. Stir and consume hot.

2. Coconut hot chocolate – treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate with a coconutty flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp cup chocolate chopped
  • Sweetener – coconut sugar
  • A pinch of salt

Method: Into a saucepan add coconut milk, add in the cacao powder, chocolate, and a pinch of salt, and give it a mix. Whisk until the chocolate has melted, do not let it boil. Turn off the flame and add in some sweetener to taste. Stir and consume hot.

3. Cinnamon hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetener to taste – homemade date syrup

Method:

Into a hot cup of coconut milk, add in the cacao powder and a pinch of cinnamon powder and give it a mix. Then add in the vanilla extract and some sweetener to taste. Stir and consume hot.

Mexican hot chocolate

4. Mexican hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate ( lightly chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Pinch of salt

Method: In a saucepan, add milk, sweetener, and chocolate, and bring to a simmer. Lightly whisk until the chocolate has completely melted. Add in cinnamon, salt and whisk until combined. Serve with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

5. Nutella hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp cacao powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Nutella

Method: Into a hot cup of milk, add in the cacao powder and Nutella and give it a mix and consume hot. Note: No sweetener is required as the Nutella is already sweet.

6. Peanut butter hot chocolate – The best way to make your hot chocolate healthier is to add peanut butter to it.

Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups milk 
  • 6 tbsp  bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter – homemade peanut butter
  • 2  tbsp date syrup
  • 1  tsp  pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8  tsp  sea salt (optional)

Method: Pour milk, chocolate and peanut butter into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add vanilla, date syrup and salt (if desired) and whisk until completely combined and warm.  Cover and remove from heat and let cacao sit (covered) for 2-3 minutes before serving if you would like a very thick hot cocoa, or serve immediately.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate

7. Pumpkin spice hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice – recipe here
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetener to taste

Method: Into a hot cup of milk, add in the cacao powder and pumpkin pie spice powder and give it a mix. Then add in the vanilla extract and some sweetener to taste. Stir and consume hot.

8. Vanilla hot chocolate – A simple hot chocolate with a splash of this vanilla extract.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk (whole milk, 2% milk, full-fat coconut milk, almond milk, etc).
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Whipped cream or marshmallows ( optional)

Method: Add milk into a cup and warm it up in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, add the cacao powder and give it a mix. Then add in the vanilla extract and some sweetener to taste. Stir and consume hot.

9. Berry hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp berry jam

Method: Into a hot cup of milk, add in the cacao powder and give it a mix. Then add in the berry syrup and some sweetener to taste. Give it a stir and consume it hot.

Berry syrup suggestions: Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, cranberry

10. Espresso hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate ( lightly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup espresso
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Pinch of salt

Method:

In a saucepan, add milk, sweetener, and semi-sweet chocolate, and bring to a simmer. Lightly whisk until the chocolate has completely melted. Add coffee, and whisk until combined.

coffee hot chocolate

11. coffee hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • ½ tsp instant coffee powder
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Pinch of salt

Method: Into a hot cup of milk, add in the cacao powder and instant coffee powder and give it a mix. Then add in some sweetener to taste. Stir and consume hot.

12. Orange hot chocolate

Ingredients:

1 cup of milk
1 tbsp cacao powder
½ tsp orange zest
(Or orange peel powder)
Sweetener to taste

Method: Into a hot cup of milk, add in the cacao powder and some sweetener to taste and give it a mix. Then add in the orange zest or orange peel powder (if you want the flavor enhanced), with some sweetener to taste. Stir and consume hot.

Tips – Store leftovers in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store leftovers in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.