Vegan Simple Hot Chocolate

Have you ever just watched one of those cooking shows and been like “Wow! This recipe is so simple. Why didn’t I think of it sooner?” or “I have been searching for a recipe as simple as this!” That, my friends, happened to me today.

Since the weather has gotten colder, I have been hunting for simple hot chocolate recipes. Most of the ones I have tried came close to my favorite memories of premade hot chocolates. However, I had no luck in getting close enough to those simple, premade hot chocolate mixes you find in the grocery aisles.

Today, however, I was surprised at how easy it is to make a good hot chocolate.

I was watching an episode of Brunch with Bobby Flay with my Mom this Christmas morning that focused all on chocolate. His, of course, was made with real dairy and nuts. Mine, however, does not have either as you will see below so it is good for not only vegans but also those with food allergies. Anyways, I was pretty ecstatic and watching all that chocolate (those chocolate waffles looked way good!), made me have a sudden craving for hot chocolate.

Now knowing that I didn’t have two kinds of chocolate chips, nor nuts/etc to give it more flavor or even whipped cream for a topping, I decided to gather the other ingredients and experiment. Turns out, it came out amazing and almost identical to those premade ones in the store.

Most of the ingredients you can easily replace with your favorite products. For the chocolate chips, I used the Enjoy Life chocolate chunks morsels which are semi-sweet and can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. This brand, despite being a bit expensive, is free of the top 8 allergens so I often use them in my recipes that call for chocolate morsels. For this recipe, you will want to use semi-sweet chocolates to make it sweet enough, though you can add some lesser sweet chocolate if you want it less sweet too.
Vegan Simple Hot Chocolate

Vegan Simple Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Approximately 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks
  • Drizzle of agave nectar
  • Optional toppings (ex. Marshmallows, whipped cream, shaved chocolate, etc)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
  2. Stir on low heat until the desired temperature without it boiling.
  3. Pour liquid carefully into a mug and add any optional toppings. Enjoy!
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Vegan Single Serving Hot Chocolate

Hi everyone! It’s been a little while but I wanted to share with all of you this great recipe I found on Pinterest.

Since the weather has been cold lately and I have been craving sweet and chocolate goodness, I searched for simple hot chocolate recipes. This one I found is pretty good and can easily double the recipe for a couple servings if needed.

Vegan Single Serving Hot Chocolate

Single Serving Hot Chocolate

Many thanks to Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy blog for the recipe! In the recipe below, I have added some additions to make it sweeter. If you’re not wanting a vegan version, feel free to replace the milk with regular milk.

Vegan Single Serving Hot Chocolate

Vegan Single Serving Hot Chocolate

Vegan Single Serving Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs  honey/sweetener of choice (add extra to sweeten to taste if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon powder
  • dash of Himalayan salt
  • optional extras (marshmallows, whipped cream, etc)

Directions:

  1. Add milk to a microwavable cup and heat in 1-minute increments while stirring in between till desired hot temperature. (Or you can heat in a small saucepan on the stove on a low heat if desired while stirring to keep it from burning or becoming filmy on top.)
  2. While the milk is heating, mix your cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Once the milk is nice and hot, remove it from microwave (or stove) and add the cocoa mixture to your milk and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add vanilla and honey and stir to desired sweetness.
  5. If you heated it on the stove, add your hot chocolate to a mug.
  6. Add in optional extras if you like and enjoy!

 

National Coffee Milkshake Day

Happy National Coffee Milkshake Day!!!

Normally I am a big tea drinker but as of late I have been drinking home made coffee smoothies (I know not exactly a milkshake sorta but it’s coffee so I get a free pass?) and iced coffee for a quick pick-me-up. Of course, being as close to nondairy and allergy friendly as possible has made coming up with ideas for flavoring pretty fun.

So to celebrate this really cool, unofficial (though it would be awesome for it to be an official holiday) holiday, I have come up with an easy-to-make recipe for a simple and quick iced coffee. I’ve also included a link to my Vegan Hemp Coffee Smoothie too. All using nondairy and allergy friendly ingredients.

So! For the first recipe is the coffee smoothie which you can find here on my blog: Vegan Coffee Hemp Smoothie

Now, onto my simple iced coffee recipe.

Simple Iced Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 1/4-1 cup Nondairy milk
  • 1 Tbs Instant decaf coffee
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup (or so) Ice
  • Vanilla extract to taste
  • 1 packet of stevia or 1 Tsp of sweetener of choice

Directions:

  1. Make your coffee according to directions on the coffee container (or if you use a Keurig or another coffee maker, use 1 of those cups and use a small cup setting.).
  2. Let your coffee cool to room temperature or place in the fridge.
  3. Once your coffee is cool, add your nondairy milk, vanilla extract, and ice in a glass then pour your cooled coffee on top. Adjust the vanilla and any sweetener to taste.
  4. Stir and enjoy!

Optional: Try adding different extracts for a variety of flavors! Ex. Mint.

Vegan Coffee Hemp Smoothie

Vegan Coffee Hemp Smoothie

Vegan Coffee Hemp Smoothie

I find that every so often I could use a pick me up. Especially in the mornings or early afternoons where I feel like I’m running low on energy. Hence a Vegan Coffee Hemp Smoothie idea!

I found a good base recipe from http://www.kiipfit.com/coffee-hemp-smoothie/. Many thanks to the creator Gunjan Dudani!

This is approximately 1 serving size though could be split into two if your wanting to share. 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBS Instant coffee granules (I used decaf)
  • 1/2-1 cup of ice
  • 1 cup hemp milk
  • 1 tsp approx of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Agave nectar (or sweetener of choice) to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend till mixed.
  2. Enjoy!

Optional: You can also add frozen sliced bananas instead of ice cubes to make the smoothie more thick and frothy!

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Hi everyone!

I know it’s been a long time since I added something new so I came up with a simple, easy recipe that can be made in a couple minutes. Of course, not including freezing the bananas for a couple hours at least beforehand. I hope you all enjoy!

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Vegan Banana Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Mango juice (approximately or at least to fill up the cup so that the bananas and ice are covered)
  • 1/2 frozen ripe sliced banana
  • 2 small handfuls of ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend till desired thickness.
  2. Pour into a cup and enjoy!

Serving size: 1-2 cups

Note: If your bananas are not ripe enough, you might need to add a bit of sweetener like stevia, honey, or agave nectar. It might change the flavour a bit so I definitely suggest using ripe bananas.

Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 can of Pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Approx 1/2 cup of Pineapple juice
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of Strawberry Kefir
  • 2 Medium Bananas

Directions:

  1. Crush ice in blender. (It’s okay if there are some ice chunks. It will get blended.)
  2. Add in all ingredients into blender.
  3. Blend until smooth and pour into glasses.

Makes approximately 2 servings.

Notes: If bananas are not ripe, add 2 tsp of honey or agave into blender with ingredients. Then sweeten to taste.

Chai Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Chai Tea Concentrate
1/2 Cup Soymilk (Or almond/rice)
3/4 Cup of Ice
2 Bananas

Directions: (Serving size: 2 – 16oz approx)

1) Add all ingredients into a blender.
2) Mix till smooth.
3) Enjoy!