Spicy Hot Chocolate

by Valerie on November 24, 2012 · 8 comments

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I know, I know, it is only about 40-something F here in Washington today, but the wind – oh the wind. It feels like the low 30s.  It is perfect weather for hot chocolate. My fabulous friend Shirley, of Gluten-Free Easily, and the newly launched site All Gluten-Free Desserts … All The Time, reminded me of this recipe. It was a staple a couple of winters ago, but last winter was so mild I barely made any hot chocolate.  I had initially written up this recipe for a guest post for Linda of Gluten-Free Homemaker, but it has been almost two years, so I decided to dust it off and repost it here, especially as I keep hearing this is going to be a bad winter.  Time for hot chocolate, clearly. 

Spicy Hot Chocolate (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free)
Makes 2 servings

If you would like to omit the stevia, use an additional tablespoon palm sugar and an additional 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. 

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk beverage (you can make your own, but I like Whole Foods unsweetened almond milk, which comes in a carton)
  • 3 Tbsp gluten-free unsweetened cacao (I usually use Navitas raw cacao or the nuts.com raw cacao)
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle
  • 2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • 8 drops liquid vanilla stevia (I like NuNaturals vanilla stevia)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut milk (canned full-fat kind)

Blend all ingredients except coconut milk until fully combined. Reheat gently in a saucepan. Stir coconut milk in just prior to serving.

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1 Shirley @ gfe November 25, 2012 at 1:41 am

Valerie–First, thanks so much for the sweet mention of me and my new site, All Gluten-Free Desserts … All The Time! I am so excited about this opportunity to share everyone’s fabulous gluten-free desserts. :-) Second, you know how much I love this recipe of yours. Never would I have expected to add chipotle to my hot chocolate, but this hot chocolate is absolutely perfect. :-) It doesn’t take much of a nip in the air for me to enjoy hot chocolate and the wee bit of chipotle powder adds just the right amount of extra warmth. 😉 And actually I think we need hot chocolate more in the fall and the spring because we all tend to let our home heating “slide” a bit before and after the true cold hits. It sure felt like winter here today after having so many warmer days!

Thanks for re-posting this one! Can’t wait to share it over at AGFD!


2 Shirley @ gfe November 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

Oops, sorry about all that bold talk! Obviously forgot to close out that tag. :-(


3 simply.food November 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

Looks inviting perfect for winter days.


4 Iris November 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

This sounds perfect for a cozy winter day. I’m in California now, but once I head to the East Coast for the holidays, I’ll want to make this for the family. And I love Shirley’s new site…it’s such an easy way for me to keep up to date on all the great dessert recipes out there.


5 Sarah November 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love the spicy twist! I think it will be perfect for those bone chilly mornings that are eagerly working their way in. Stay warm out there!


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