Who says hot chocolate is just for the holidays? I for one think it is now, in the throws of winter, that we most likely need this kind of sweet and simple pick-me-up! I am excited to be finally posting this recipe as it is one I have made for a few years and its a total two-for-one.
First, I show you how to make a SUPER simple hot chocolate that is wildly healthy and full of chocolate flavor! This creamy hot coco is the perfect night cap on a chilly evening. I enjoy it as dessert - it keeps my sweets cravings satisfied without leaving me over-stuffed like some other sweet treats will do. You whip up this recipe in your blender and takes just minutes to make …if you don’t have a high speed blender (that gets hot) you can heat (and re-heat) the coco on your stove. This recipe makes enough for one steaming mug AND leftovers because….
I transform the extra hot cocoa into something even better (if that’s possible) by pouring it over oats and other goodies to create the BEST overnight oats you’ll ever enjoy. This oat recipe is protein packed and full of ALL the good things. I enjoy this kind of thing during a busy morning, post workout. I use hemp protein, which is a super clean source of this essential macronutrient but usually a little unenjoyable for me….yet when you mix it with hot chocolate, well, that problem goes away.
I love that you can customize this recipe and make it your own - I usually throw in whatever superfood powders I have lying around, most of them (especially the more earthy flavored ones) tend to bring out the flavor of the cacao - which is a great added bonus. I also love taking one thing recipe and using it as the base for another, especially this year as I commit to less waste … this recipe lets me do that in all the best ways!
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Serves: 1 (twice) • Prep Time: 10 minutes/overnight
SUPER SIMPLE VEGAN HOT CHOCOLATE
1 16oz. can lite coconut milk
1.5 cup plant milk
1/4 cup cacao powder (sub cocoa powder)
1/4 cup liquid sweetener of choice (I love maple syrup, date syrup or agave)
pinch sea salt and cinnamon
Optional: reishi mushroom powder, maca powder, dandelion root powder, ashwaganda, etc, you can ALWAYS top with coconut cream, as I did in the photo
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high for 3-4 minutes or until very warm. Taste and adjust sweetness, salt or spices. You can serve warm from the blender (it should be nice and frothy) OR you can take it a step further by adding it to a small saucepan on medium heat and simmering for 5 additional minutes, or until the mixture has thickened slightly. Serve in a cozy mug and top with coconut cream (the solids from a can of regular, not lite, coconut milk mixed with a little liquid sweetener) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. *This recipe can be double and tripled, be sure to reserve 1.5 cups for the overnight protein oats.
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN OATS
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. flaked coconut
1 scoop unflavored hemp protein powder (optional, can sub any other protein powder)
2 tbsp. unsweetened dried cranberries
2 tbsp. nuts or seeds such as walnuts, cashews or pumpkin seeds *optional
1.5 cup of hot chocolate recipe from above, slightly or entirely cooled
Top with 1/4 cup fresh/frozen blueberries, sliced banana, flaked coconut, nut butter, etc.
The night before you want to enjoy your oats, take a clean 16 oz. mason jar and combine all of the ingredients above save the hot cocoa and toppings. Put the lid on and give the dry ingredients a shake to combine throughly. Then, add in the hot chocolate - once again put the lid on and shake til really well combined. Set in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top the jar off with any fresh additions and enjoy cold OR reheat in a sauce pan (adding additional liquid as needed, I used about 1/2 cup almond milk). Serve in a bowl or eat it right out of the jar!