Sip & Serve: Our No. 1 Hot Cocoa Recipes
Published Thursday Dec 28, 2017 by Brittany Raine

Sip & Serve: Our No. 1 Hot Cocoa Recipes


Winter is here! And that usually means it's prime time to cozy up to a toasty mug of hot cocoa, no matter where you are. If an old store-bought packet isn't doing the trick, we've got three fast and easy Instagram-worthy recipes (and tips) that anyone will love—dairy lovers and non-dairy lovers alike! Just picture a smooth, not-too-sweet, satisfyingly delicious mug of pure homemade bliss. Ready. Set. Stir!

5-Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa

4 easy steps to hot cocoa perfection


-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 1/2 tablespoon dairy-free semisweet chocolate (chips or bar, chopped)
-Sweetener of choice (suggestion: 1 tablespoon raw sugar or 1/2 packet powdered stevia)


1. Add almond milk to a large mug and microwave for 1 minute, or heat in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Once the milk is warm, add cocoa powder, chocolate and sweetener and whisk to combine.
3. Put back in the microwave or continue cooking on stovetop until completely combined and has reached your preferred temperature.
4. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.

Source: The Minimalist Baker

Matcha White Hot Cocoa

Everyone will be green with envy


-1/4 cup white chocolate wafers
-2 scoops of Panatea matcha or 1 packet of Panatea's new instant matcha
-8 to 10 ounces almond milk or milk of your choice
-Whipped cream and/or shredded coconut (for toppings)


1. Melt white chocolate wafers in a double boiler over the stove and pour almond milk on top.
2. Whisk mixture together until chocolate melts completely in almond milk.
3. Add matcha and continue gently heating the mixture in double boiler. (Be sure to add matcha after you melt white chocolate and milk mixture so you don't overheat and burn matcha.)
4. Top with whipped cream and shredded coconut flakes.

Source: Fitness Magazine

Simple Hot Cocoa For One

But, you’ll want to make it for more


-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
-Pinch of salt
-1 cup milk or any combination of milk, half-and-half, or cream
-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved.
2. Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot.
3. Stir in the vanilla and serve.

Source: Epicurious

Kiki's Cocoa

A sweet and savory concoction from MINDBODY’s resident “chef”


-1 cup milk of your choice
-1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-Pinch of cinnamon


1. Bring milk to a boil in a saucepan. Let simmer.
2. Slowly stir in cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, one at a time.
3. Add honey (to desired taste) while continuing to stir over low heat until the honey is mixed in and the cocoa is smooth.
4. Top with whipped cream (and sprinkle with additional cinnamon or ground cayenne pepper to compliment the sweetness of the honey and cocoa!).

Are your taste buds now craving a cup of cocoa? If so, try out one of these easy tips to make any mug extra special:

- Add a drop or two of peppermint extract for guilt-free minty flavoring
- Top your cocoa with homemade whipped cream or dairy-free whipped coconut cream
- Not ready to give up pumpkin spice everything? Sprinkle your cocoa with this classic blend!

Brittany Raine
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Brittany Raine
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A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.