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
- 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)
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
- Stir on low heat until the desired temperature without it boiling.
- Pour liquid carefully into a mug and add any optional toppings. Enjoy!