We’ve had a cold spell here, I can’t even begin to describe how freezing cold it has been! Last week, we had a few days around -30F with windchill…. I would say YIKES, but I’m all honesty anything below 0 all just feels the same around here. No matter what the temperature is, there really isn’t anything better than a cup of hot chocolate! Any excuse I can make to have chocolate is a good one.
I actually stopped drinking coffee about year ago, when I was still healing my gut after being diagnosed with Celiac. The acidity didn’t agree with me, and for some reason my body didn’t feel good after drinking it. I made a full switch to tea, but I love finding other hot drinks to enjoy in place of my coffee. I’ve really enjoyed pumpkin chai lattes, but lately this hot chocolate recipe does just the trick! It’s full of antioxidants and warming spices, making this turmeric hot chocolate the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold day.
Let’s talk ingredients
This hot chocolate is spiced with turmeric, cinnamon, and ground ginger. What I love about cinnamon is that it can be used to sweeten recipes without added sugar, so I add a little extra in order to cut down on the sweetener. I also add a little coconut oil. You can melt your own solid coconut oil, but I really love Carrington Farms liquid coconut oil, since it’s ready to go and works perfectly in this recipe (it’s also amazing to cook with).
For milk, I choose to use SO Delicious original refrigerated coconut milk. Unsweetened coconut milk is just a little too bland for me, and I always find myself adding a lot of extra sugar. The original kind has a little cane sugar in it, and is slightly creamier than other versions I’ve had. You can certainly use your milk of choice! Just keep in mind you may need to adjust the honey to your liking.
Just add all of your ingredients to a large blender and blend on low-medium speed to dissolve the spices and cocoa powder. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat over medium-low temperature on the stove, until the milk is heated through.
I like to serve mine with some frothed coconut milk and gluten free marshmallows. This is hot chocolate after all, and you can’t have hot chocolate without marshmallows… it balances out all the healthy spices.
Turmeric Hot Chocolate
- 1.25 cups coconut milk (I recommend SO Delicious original refrigerated coconut milk)
- 1.5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp coconut oil, liquid or melted
- 1/4 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
- Add all of the ingredients, except for the vanilla extract, to a blender. Blend on low to medium-low speed until smooth and all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Pour the mixture into a small or medium-sized saucepan. Heat on the stove over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally until heated through (about 5-10 minutes). Turn off the heat, and whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Pour into a mug, and service with your favorite hot chocolate toppings
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