Sip & Serve: Our No. 1 Hot Cocoa Recipes

Hot chocolate on a table surrounded by sugar and pine

The holidays are here! And that usually means it's prime time to cozy up to a toasty mug of hot cocoa. If any old packet isn't doing the trick, we've got three fast and easy Instagram-worthy recipes (and tips) that anyone will love—dairy lovers and non-dairy lovers alike! Just picture a smooth, not-too-sweet, satisfyingly delicious mug of pure homemade bliss. Ready. Set. Stir!

5-Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa

4 easy steps to hot cocoa perfection

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dairy-free semisweet chocolate (chips or bar, chopped)
  • Sweetener of choice (suggestion: 1 tablespoon raw sugar or 1/2 packet powdered stevia)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add almond milk to a large mug and microwave for 1 minute, or heat in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once the milk is warm, add cocoa powder, chocolate and sweetener and whisk to combine.
  3. Put back in the microwave or continue cooking on stovetop until completely combined and has reached your preferred temperature.
  4. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.

Source: The Minimalist Baker


Matcha White Hot Cocoa

Everyone will be green with envy

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup white chocolate wafers
  • 2 scoops of Panatea matcha or 1 packet of Panatea's new instant matcha
  • 8 to 10 ounces almond milk or milk of your choice
  • Whipped cream and/or shredded coconut (for toppings)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt white chocolate wafers in a double boiler over the stove and pour almond milk on top.
  2. Whisk mixture together until chocolate melts completely in almond milk.
  3. Add matcha and continue gently heating the mixture in double boiler. (Be sure to add matcha after you melt white chocolate and milk mixture so you don't overheat and burn matcha.)
  4. Top with whipped cream and shredded coconut flakes.

Source: Fitness Magazine


Simple Hot Cocoa For One

But, you’ll want to make it for more

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk or any combination of milk, half-and-half, or cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and serve.

Source: Epicurious


Kiki's Cocoa

A sweet and savory concoction from MINDBODY’s resident “chef”

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan. Let simmer.
  2. Slowly stir in cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, one at a time.
  3. Add honey (to desired taste) while continuing to stir over low heat until the honey is mixed in and the cocoa is smooth.
  4. Top with whipped cream (and sprinkle with additional cinnamon or ground cayenne pepper to compliment the sweetness of the honey and cocoa!).

Are your taste buds now craving a cup of cocoa? If so, try out one of these easy tips to make any mug extra special:

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