Nourish your body and calm your soul with this delicious and healthy peppermint matcha hot chocolate. Only a few ingredients, and easy to make!
Peppermint matcha hot chocolate.
Matcha. If you’ve never had matcha cause you thought it’d taste like grass, let me put your mind at ease. It does. Kidding. Sorta. Seriously though, it’s not that bad, and all the health benefits are totally worth the earthy taste! (Unless you really like earthy tastes, then double win for you!) Matcha is a great metabolism booster, and is full of wonderful things like chlorophyll and vitamins A and C. It is also one of the best sources of antioxidants in the world!
If you’re worried about caffeine, matcha does have just about as much as coffee. But, while drinking a cup of coffee will spike your energy levels and then abruptly drop them, drinking a cup of matcha controls the caffeine release. By making use of the amino acid L-Theanine in it, a cup of matcha has a calming, relaxing effect as opposed to a jolt of energy and possible jitters one might get from coffee.
There are so many different kinds of matcha out there, and I honestly can’t say I can really taste a difference in the different ones I’ve tried. I’ve used MicroIngredients matcha and Carrington Farms. They’re both fine!
Here are a few more delicious ways to use matcha, if you’re looking….
- Avocado mint nice cream
- Peppermint avocado fudge
- No-bake chocolate avocado tart
- Banana avocado mint muffins
Cocoa. My all-time favorite cocoa powder is Azure Standard’s. It’s absolutely the best. And for fair-trade, organic cocoa, it’s cheaper than anything you can find in the grocery store!
Milk. I use my homemade coconut milk for most of my drink recipes. Of course, you can use store-bought, or raw, organic regular milk if you want! You could technically even use water for the liquid. I don’t prefer that, because I love the creamy texture that milk gives this peppermint matcha hot chocolate.
Sweetener. My favorite sweeter for pretty much anything is honey. You just can’t beat the heal benefits of this amazing superfood! And of course it tastes amazing… If you can’t have honey for some reason, you can use a couple tablespoons coconut sugar instead. Just make sure it fully dissolves!
Peppermint. I usually use Flavorganics pure peppermint extract, which I get from Azure Standard. You can get it on Amazon, too, or really just use whatever peppermint extract you like. I would advise against using peppermint essential oils, though. Despite what the major distributors say, I’m still not convinced they’re safe to ingest! So use at your own discretion. (Which I guess goes for everything! Ha.)
Optional add-ins. I love adding in some kosher collagen to this peppermint matcha hot chocolate for a little protein boost. It a helpful support for your joints and improves your gut function and digestion, too. I usually use Perfect Supplement’s collagen since it’s made from grass-fed cattle and is 100% pesticide and hormone-free.
If you want your peppermint matcha hot chocolate extra creamy, whisk in a fresh, raw egg yolk! It might sound weird, but it’s so yummy! On top of the yumminess, raw yolks are full of calcium and iron and are one of the best ways to get vitamins B6, folate, B12, A, D, E, and K!
Winter or not, I have a sweet spot in my soul for warming drinks. Teas, coffees, hot chocolates – all of them! Here are a few of my favorites for you to enjoy with me!
- Paleo pumpkin eggnog
- Peppermint matcha latte
- Anti-inflammatory golden milk
- Spiced hot cocoa
- Cinnamon yerba mate latte
- Honey-sweetened horchata
- Cinnamon ginger latte
- Hot carob
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Peppermint Matcha Hot Chocolate
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- sprinkle of sea salt
- 2 cups milk (I use coconut milk or raw milk)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
In a small saucepan, whisk together the matcha, cocoa, and salt.
Whisk in the milk and heat through until desired temperature.
Stir in honey and peppermint extract.
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!