Whether you’re in the Florida heat or snowy Colorado, this Almond Milk Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to wind down after a long Fall/Winter day.
Do you ever go in phases with your food?
Like, you eat the same snack everyday for two years, and then it fades away and you replace it with another snack for another two years, and the cycle goes on and on.
That’s me to a T.
I ate an apple with peanut butter every single day for, I swear, five years. Now? I don’t remember the last time I ate that for a snack. The same goes for hot chocolate. I remember one Winter I ate it every night as my dessert. It’s so nice to just slowly sip in front of the TV with a blanket wrapped around you. I did that for a good while, and for some reason that faded, too.
BUT, and a big BUT… it’s back. It has made it’s way back into my rotation, and I couldn’t be happier.
I wish so desperately that there was more of a seasonal change here in Florida. Some people are probably thinking I’m crazy right about now, but if you’re a Florida native, you totally understand. It becomes Fall and everybody starts whippin’ out the pumpkin and the scarves and the whole nine. I might have my Bath and Body Works pumpkin candle flickering, and my house may smell like Fall, but when I walk outside I am instantly drenched in sweat.
So, guess what I do?
I turn down the A/C, crank on the fan, get a little chilly, make some Almond Milk Hot Chocolate and grab a blanket. Instantly, it’s Fall!
I love this version of hot chocolate because 1) it’s dairy-free and regular milk can wreak havoc on my stomach, 2) it contains cinnamon which adds an awesome aroma and spicy note to an otherwise overly sweet treat, and 3) I simply feel better knowing I made it myself and it didn’t come out of a package (not sayin’ I don’t enjoy those little hot chocolate packets, though!).
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- 2 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Optional toppings:
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Add almond milk and cinnamon sticks to a small sauce pan over medium heat.
- Cook on medium for about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to low, and let simmer for about ten minutes.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and set aside.
- Whisk in cocoa powder, sugar, and salt to almond milk. Continue whisking for about a minute.
- Divide hot chocolate into two mugs and enjoy topped with marshmallows
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What is your favorite cold weather drink?
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Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
Mmmmm I could totally go for this right now! The one time I remember being hooked on hot chocolate for months was oddly enough during the summer. I would drink some every night before bed and it was always so relaxing.
Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says
Ooo yummm I’ve been making hot chocolate for the past week, it’s totally my favorite cold weather drink! Loving those marshmallows by the way. 😀 YUMMMMM.
Claire @ My Pink & Green Life says
Oooh yes I need this in my life! I love the bit of cinnamon too. Hot chocolate and mulled cider are my favorite cold weather drinks! I’ve been eating popcorn pretty much every day lately. Haha, it is just too easy when I have an air popper! Someone needs to take that thing away from me. 😛
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job says
These pictures are magical. I go through super phases with foods and it makes things so much easier bc I don’t really think about it. Then one day I’ll be like nah I don’t want that anymore and start on a new food adventure phase.
Amaanda @ Exploring Life & Things says
Okay yuuuumm. I don’t know why I’ve never made hot chocolate with almond milk. This sounds delish. And perfect for the cooler temps we got going on here haha. I totally go through snack phases too except they usually only last for a few weeks/months. Right now I’m all about smoothie bowls and toast with peanut butter and a cut up banana.
I love hot chocolate, especially with the mini marshmallows…that’s just great. The one snack I used to have all the time was an apple and 10 almonds. I was super spazzy about the almonds too…it had to be 10, no more, no less.
Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green says
I feel you on the heat! It was 95 in San Diego on Friday BUT this looks too delicious and worth sweating over haha!
Hot chocolate with almond milk would be good too! I love how you strategically make the feeling of fall, even when it doesn’t feel like it inside. <3
Georgie @ Healthy Pears says
Oh wow! I love a good hot chocolate (also, those mugs are beautiful!) This is so cozy and makes me excited for the endless afternoons spent inside! I would love the idea of having a nice warm heater, but we live above a pizza shop with an oven, meaning our apartment stays hot AF all year round! Good for electricity I guess though!
I definitely keep packets of hot chocolate at my desk throughout the fall and winter – but now I really want to try making my own at home one night!
For now, packet at work it is 😉
I added a tablespoon of peanut butter and a tablespoon of coconut sugar, it was amazingggg