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Healthier Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

10 minutes

This Rich Peppermint Hot Chocolate is drinkable perfection for a cold winter day, and more nourishing for your body than the stuff with the little fake marshmallows from the packet.

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The recipe was originally published in November 2010. It was retested with reader feedback, rephotographed, rewritten, and republished for your enjoyment in December 2017.

So, my husband doesn’t like hot chocolate. Which is something I wholly do not understand. What’s not to like? It’s warm. It’s cozy. IT’S CHOCOLATE.

But alas, the hot chocolate drinking in our house is left up to me and Juni—and we happily accept our duties as chocolate drinkers. We don’t have a lot of hot chocolate in our house, but there are a few times when it’s really appropriate. Like after the first snow. Or, in the case of this festive Peppermint Hot Chocolate, when we decorate our Christmas tree each year!

Hot Chocolate in Pot

My version of hot chocolate is on the healthier side of the food spectrum—I mean, obviously it isn’t packed with raw kale and chia seeds or anything—but it’s definitely more nourishing for your body than the stuff with the little fake marshmallows from the packet.

Refined sugar is out, and instead we use maple syrup (you can also use honey, if that’s your thang). Instead of cow’s milk, I prefer to use full-fat coconut milk to keep our hot cocoa dairy-free. And instead of powdered cocoa, I like to cut up really dark chocolate bars (70%+ cacao) and melt those in. The melted chocolate makes it 100 times more rich and decadent than the powdered stuff. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Hot Chocolate

Another place that’s worth it: investing in some good peppermint extract. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but lower quality peppermint extract tastes so much like straight up alcohol. I love the Nielsen-Massey Peppermint Extract. It’s not cheap, but a little bit goes a long way. Happy holidays, friends!

 

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Healthier Peppermint Hot Chocolate


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This Rich Peppermint Hot Chocolate is drinkable perfection for a cold winter day, and more nourishing for your body than the stuff with the little fake marshmallows from the packet.


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 113 ounce can full fat coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 113 ounce can lite coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (70%+ cocoa), roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, and candy canes, optional for garnish.

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the maple syrup, coconut milk, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then remove pot from heat.
  2. Stir in the chocolate, and continue stirring until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract, starting with 1/2 teaspoon of the peppermint and adding more if desired. Pour into four mugs, and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, or candy canes (if desired).

  • Category: Drinks

Cassie Johnston

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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