This Gingerbread Hot Cocoa is the perfect sweet treat on a cold winter’s day! This rich and chocolatey beverage, with hints of warm gingerbread spice, will surely get you in the holiday spirit. Best of all, it’s guilt free. (Dairy free, Paleo, Gluten free, Vegan)
Who loves chocolate out there?? This one is for you guys!
Ok….and for me too….
I love my chocolate in all forms- dark chocolate, milk chocolate, silky chocolate mouse, chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, chocolate covered-anything, and I could go on and on. But one of the best ways to enjoy chocolate is to DRINK IT!
When I say hot cocoa I don’t mean that powder stuff that you mix with water for milk to get some sort of chocolate flavored water. I want my hot chocolate to be like molten liquid chocolate- rich, creamy and chocolatey.
Like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate River! I still have dreams about swimming in that river.
This luxury beverage gets its creaminess thanks to two special ingredients- cashew milk and coconut oil. The cashew milk is much more creamy than almond milk, and now I can find it at all my favorite stores (so I don’t have to make it at home), and it has become one of my staples!
The second special ingredient is a touch of coconut oil that gets emulsified and it adds a richness and frothy texture. The coconut oil also adds a great nutritional punch with its medium-chain triglycerides that will provide you with energy as you power through that late night gift wrapping! You can read more about the awesome benefits of coconut oil HERE.
If you can’t find gingerbread spice pre-made just make your own- it’s very simple!
How to make Gingerbread Spice:
Combine: 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 2 tablespoons ground ginger, 2 tablespoons allspice, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, 1 tablespoon cloves.
You can thank me later 😉
Gingerbread Hot Cocoa
This decadent and creamy hot cocoa has the rich flavor combination of gingerbread and chocolate. You’ll never guess it’s actually dairy free thanks to a special ingredient that adds to its silky and creamy texture!
- 1 1/2 cups cashew milk (or almond milk)
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips ((Enjoy Life brand))
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon gingerbread spice ((see blog post for how to make gingerbread spice))
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
Whisk the mixture until it’s smooth and hot.
Pour the heated mixture into your blender and carefully blend on high to emulsify the coconut oil.