Monday, October 3, 2011

Honey-Sweetened Hot Chocolate


I have fond childhood memories of my grandma making hot cocoa for me.  When I would visit her, she would make me hot cocoa every morning as soon as I woke up.  It was such a special treat and I always knew she made it for me with lots of love.

I wanted my daughter to be able to enjoy hot chocolate the way I did as a little girl, but I needed to change up the ingredients a bit.  My version uses nourishing ingredients and is heated at a low temperature so it retains most of the beneficial nutrients. 

Little Love has become fond of hot chocolate just like me.  It is a favorite of both of ours when the colder months set in. 


Honey-Sweetened Hot Chocolate
Sweet, chocolaty and so comforting.

Equipment: Medium-Size Saucepan, Small Bowl


1.     Add milk to a medium-size saucepan and heat over low heat for about 7 minutes or until desired temperature.  
2.    In a small bowl, combine cacao powder, honey and vanilla.  Stir until it makes a paste. 


3.    Add cacao mixture to the warm milk, stir until cacao mixture has completely dissolved. 


4.    Serve immediately.


Yield: Makes about 3 servings.

Note: Recipe can easily be doubled. 

Dairy-Free Option: Substitute full-fat coconut milk for the raw milk.  I use this BPA free organic full-fat coconut milk (affiliate link*)

Check out my Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe too.

*For California residents, check out my favorite raw milk from Claravale Farm.  They sell to stores and co-ops all over CA.


*Amazon links are affiliate links, prices are the same for you.  Should you decide to purchase through my blog, thank you in advance and much gratitude for supporting Recipes to Nourish.

This post is part of Gluten-Free Wednesdays @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker, Hearth and Soul Hop @ Mom's Sunday Cafe, Fight Back Friday @ Food Renegade, Fresh Bites Friday @ Real Food Whole Health, Fat Camp Friday @ Mangoes and Chutney, Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Freaky Friday @ Real Food Freaks, and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday @ Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free.

20 comments:

  1. This is DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for posting this!!

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  2. I love how easy this looks and that there is only a few ingredients. I can't wait to make it!

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  3. I hope you enjoy it! It is so simple, and the nice things is it's not a science, so really you can add any amounts of the cacao or honey, you can alter it completely to your liking :) Take care.

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  4. This looks so delicious and a great treat! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you will have a fabulous week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Thanks Miz Helen! Hope you have a fabulous week too!

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  6. Honey hot chocolate sounds delicious, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul.

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  7. Thanks Melynda and thanks for hosting :)

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  8. That looks so delicious and I bet it would be just as good with a milk substitute. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays!

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  9. Thanks Linda, thanks for hosting too.

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  10. Hi Emily, thanks for sharing the hot chocolate recipe with us. Sounds delicious. Will have to try it this winter and it just might become a favourite!! I recently found your blog and am now a follower. Please pop on over and visit my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would love that. Hugs, Chris

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  11. this is so nice post i like this a lot. i want to drink eat so i want to make it. i will try to make it. i think it is so easy, you are so sweet.

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  12. This is the only recipe I've used since you posted this! I now add a pinch of sea salt and a tsp or 2 coconut oil - yum!

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  13. Thank you Lorie!!! That sounds lovely with the added sea salt and coconut oil too. Take care.

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  14. This is amazing! I agree with the other readers its so yummy!!! Our family can't stop making it now that its cold out. Its a great substitute for Swiss miss which is chock full of sugar. Thank you so much for posting and sharing your recipe!

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    1. Thank you, you're so kind. We love it too, it's a favorite when the weather gets colder. Best wishes to you and your family :)

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  15. We get our Raw milk from Claravale as well. I thought I recognized that bottle! lol We get ours through real food bay area.com for anyone that's interested and can't find it in a store. Sadly I can't have the milk *sobs* I wonder if this would be good with coconut milk. mmmmm

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    1. Coconut milk would be delicious! I've heard that's a great resource in the Bay Area for real food :)

      Thanks for stopping by! Be well.

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  16. Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

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