Creamy and delicious, with just the right amount of spice, this Buttered Chai Hot Chocolate is sure to breathe new life into your hot chocolate relationship.
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Hot chocolate love.
It’s not a secret that I love chocolate. Eating it and drinking it. Hot chocolate is a special little love of mine. Even if no one else wants a warm mugful of the liquid of perfection, I’ll still go ahead and make myself some (usually my Quick & Easy Hot Chocolate Shots when I’m solo hot-chocolating).
My favorite recipe has long been my recent Perfect Homemade Hot Cocoa, usually topped with a healthy handful of Mini Cinnamon Maple Marshmallows, or a side of Healthy Dark Chocolate Marshmallows, but I’ve also been known to down mugfuls of Spiced Hot Chocolate, or use my Mexica Hot Chocolate Mix to enjoy a special kick in my drink.
Buttered Chai Hot Chocolate
My latest favorite, though is this gorgeous Buttered Chai Hot Chocolate. It has the perfect delicious blend of spices and the butter gives it a wonderful depth and flavor.
I usually add coconut oil to my hot chocolate, to make it nice and creamy, and add a little healthy boost. If you struggle with dairy, you can definitely switch that out for the butter here, if you like. The butter gives it a delicious little richness, though, so if you can have dairy I’d strongly suggest you keep the butter in this recipe!
Easy chai blend.
I’ve enjoyed chai many times before, but not usually from a tea bag. A friend from India spoiled me once by making a pot of chai from scratch in my kitchen, and I’ve never been able to find a bag that compares. But this easy chai blend is as close to his version as I can get, without the black tea.
Though there are many spices you can use in your chai blends, I like to keep things simple and use things that I have on hand to keep the cost down, as well.
For this easy version I like to stick with the essentials: cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper, and add in a little bit of nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom. And a pinch of healthy sea salt to help everything pop!
Drink up – it’s for your health. 😉
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Buttered Chai Hot Chocolate
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, and refined sugar, with dairy-free options.
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 t. grass fed gelatin (I like Perfect Supplements)
- 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 t. ground ginger
- 1/8 t. ground nutmeg
- 1/8 t. ground cloves
- 1/8 t. ground cardamom
- 1/16 t. black pepper
- dash sea salt
- 6 T. honey (local is best!)
- 2 T. butter (or coconut oil, for dairy-free)
- 2 c. raw or whole milk (or coconut milk, for dairy-free)
In medium-sized saucepan, whisk together cocoa, gelatin, and spices. Add in honey and butter and turn heat to low. Melt until a smooth creamy paste is made.
Slowly pour in milk, whisking to combine well. Heat until steaming, but do not boil.
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