Last week, the weather started to get a little chilly, the perfect indicator that fall is here. Unfortunately it didn’t really stick around, as it’s back in the low 80s this week. Womp womp. I want my fall weather, dang it!
While the cooler weather stuck around, I totally took advantage of it and enjoyed some hot drinks at night. One of my favorite drinks of all time is hot chocolate. It’s so rich and creamy and chocolatey; there’s just nothing it can’t fix. Plus, it’s easy to kick it up a notch or two with extra flavor.
So today, in honor of fall being here and my favorite warm-weather drink (coffee aside, obviously), I’m sharing the best-ever homemade hot chocolate recipe. And as an added bonus, it’s low-fat and I think it’s even vegan! I’m totally not a vegan, but it works if you do practice a vegan diet.
I figured out this recipe in the last few years, and I haven’t strayed from it. It’s so easy and can be made in minutes. And the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to share with your friends.
The Best Homemade Hot Chocolate EVER
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1 Tbsp sweetener of choice
- 2 Tbsp water
- 6-8 oz. almond milk
- Any desired mix-ins (I added 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice… oh my goodness).
- Add the cocoa, sweetener and water to a mug. Stir until combined into a thick paste.
- Heat the milk until it’s warm, about a minute and 30-45 seconds. Heat the paste for about 12-15 seconds, as well.
- Pour the milk into the cocoa mixture. Add any desired mix-ins. Stir until smooth and creamy.
- Top it off with whipped cream, marshmallows or anything else you think would be delicious. This wouldn’t exactly make it low fat, but it’s a nice touch.
I’ll never turn down a cup of warm, rich, delicious hot chocolate, especially if it’s homemade. Nothing can be it, especially on those chilly fall evenings when I’m wrapped up in a blanket on my couch.
What’s your favorite fall drink? Have you ever made homemade hot chocolate? What’s YOUR best recipe?