Best Hot Cocoa Recipe

When the weather gets colder, I love making a delicious, rich, healthy hot cocoa for myself and my family. I have tried all the hot cocoa powders for a quicker hot cocoa and compared them with coffee shop ones with hopes to find my favorite, and nothing has come close to what I spent years perfecting!

I am very picky with hot cocoa, and what I have discovered is that store bought ones are either too sweet, too salty, too bland, or too watered down. When I started experimenting with my own recipe, one of the hardest parts was figuring out the ratio of sweetness. I like my hot cocoa sweet, but not too sweet to overpower the other decadent flavors. I also wanted a healthier version of cocoa so after many trials of sugar substitutes, I can say I am very satisfied with the final result!

Quality ingredients are of utmost importance if you want quality taste. So it is important to select a high quality cacao powder. Double bonus if you can find a premium heirloom cacao that is organic, and has undergone third party testing for heavy metals. Cacao is known to be tainted with heavy metals so if you are using it often, it is important to be mindful of that.

Additionally, my love for freshly grated nutmeg goes without saying, so I highly recommend purchasing whole nutmeg such as this and using a zester like this one to freshly grate into your hot cocoa. It can be a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way, and it will last for a very long time. Believe me when I say, once you try this method you won’t ever want to go back to previously ground nutmeg. It is a huge game changer!

Lastly, this recipe includes grass-fed whole milk. I have experimented with making hot cocoa with plant milks, but this specific recipe works best with grass-fed whole milk. It is the only type of milk that doesn’t make me nauseous when heated.

So if you are ready to have the best hot cocoa of your life, turn on the holiday movies, grab the cacao powder, and lets make some hot cocoa!

Prep Time: 2 minutesCook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2Total Time: 7 minutes
2 1/2 cups grass fed whole milk
1/2 cup filtered water
4 1/2 tbs maple syrup
pinch of sea salt (about 1/4 tsp)
4 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg (preferably whole nutmeg freshly grated)

*Optional- a handful of marshmallows or peppermint candy for garnish
Hot Cocoa in the making.

1. Gather all your ingredients and add them to a medium saucepan on medium heat.
2. Stir until all the spices and the cacao powder dissolve.
3. After about 3-5 minutes, the hot cocoa should start showing small bubbles around the edges.
4. Turn heat off as soon as you see the small bubbles, pour into mugs, wait for it to cool to a safe sipping temperature and enjoy!

Optional-You can top off the cocoa with marshmallows or peppermint candy

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Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Rips and I am thrilled to share my passion with you! I am just a girl who loves to bake and cook. It’s one of my favorite things to do and is rewarding in so many ways! It teaches me to be present and helps me relieve stress. I grew up watching both my parents cook the most delicious food you could possibly imagine! Cooking healthy food for each other was something we did for the ones we cared about. Shortly after, I picked up on that habit. I come from a Mediterranean background and I bring that to a lot of my recipes with lots of modern adaptations. I have been baking and cooking for over 15 years and truly find the most joy in it! I also recently wrote and self published my first recipe book called Ripsy's Recipe's on Amazon (I will link below). Ripsy's Recipes has some amazing healthy recipes with gluten free and vegan options that everyone can enjoy. I really wanted to create an easy to follow, non intimidating healthy recipe book for you to love. It truly is my go-to for quick, healthy, easy, delicious meals! The best part of making food is I get to eat it and feed my loved ones. I am very mindful of the ingredients I use in my recipes; at the same time; I still like to indulge in dessert! My dessert recipes are lower in sugar than in any recipe or store bought dessert you will ever find (and they taste amazing). As a result, my family and I get to enjoy it without the guilt. My greatest joy comes from sharing what I make with the people I care about most, and now, you will have access to that too. I hope you try my recipes and love them as much as my family and I do! Namaste Friends!

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