Jazz up your classic mug of hot chocolate this winter by adding nutrient-rich turmeric for some easy and delicious Dairy-Free Turmeric Hot Chocolate!
I randomly added turmeric to my hot chocolate one night and I don't know if I'm ever going back. Funny thing is, I honestly don't care for turmeric on its own. It has a very potent and unique smell and taste. But when included in a curry spice mix or paired with cocoa and maple syrup, it is absolutely delicious. Turmeric adds such rich depth of flavor to this dairy-free turmeric hot chocolate, without being overpowering. Plus, from what I've read, it can add in some great nutritional benefits as well. More reason to have hot chocolate very night this winter, right?!
Benefits of Turmeric
These days, no matter what "superfood" or ingredient you google, you're sure to find an article listing some of its health benefits. Turmeric is no different. There are many articles claiming that turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, in addition to possibly reversing many of the steps that lead to heart disease. Now, I'm not a scientist or doctor and I don't know if adding a little bit of turmeric to your hot chocolate will really improve your health. But I definitely don't think it can hurt, so add away!
Drinks using Turmeric
I'm sure many of you have heard of golden milk, a milk-based drink originating from India. Golden milk is basically milk that has been infused with turmeric and sometimes other spices such as cinnamon or ginger. This is probably the most well-known drink using turmeric. Some other popular turmeric-based drinks are turmeric tea, turmeric and lemon water, turmeric shots with ginger and lemon, as well as so many more. You can really add turmeric to anything--if you're feeling adventurous that is.
How to make Turmeric Hot Chocolate
Making this dairy free turmeric hot chocolate requires just a handful of ingredients and a couple of steps. Simply start by adding some cocoa or cacao powder, ground turmeric, black pepper, coconut oil, maple syrup and a couple tablespoons of water to a small sauce pan and whisk until a smooth, paste forms. Turn the heat to medium and whisk in some non-dairy milk. Increase the heat and allow the hot chocolate to warm through until it's almost boiling, whisking occasionally. If desired, carefully froth the hot chocolate with a hand-held milk frother before pouring it into a mug and enjoying!
Best Ways to Froth Milk
If you like your hot chocolate frothy like I do, there are a few methods you can use to froth the milk. Obviously there are specific milk frothers (such as this Nespresso Milk Frother...which I love), but I find those to be pretty expensive. I personally love to use a blender, hand-held stick blender or, my personal favorite, my Zulay Milk Frother. I've had another hand-held milk frother before and it was no where near as powerful as this one.
Alright! I hope you guys add some turmeric, black pepper and a touch of coconut oil to your next mug of hot chocolate. Please let me know if you try out this Dairy-Free Turmeric Hot Chocolate and what you think by leaving a comment down below and rating the recipe (just click on the stars at the top of the recipe card.) If you enjoyed this drink, be sure to share it with your family and friends as well. I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season so far. We head to Bali on Friday and will be there through the New Year. Definitely a unique way to spend Christmas!
- 3 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil*
- A few shakes of black pepper*
- ¼ cup hot water
- 2 cups non-dairy milk
- Optional: marshmallows and more black pepper
- In a small sauce pan, whisk together all of the ingredients, except for the non-dairy milk.
- Turn the heat to medium high and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Whisk in the non-dairy milk and allow the hot chocolate to warm through, until almost boiling, while continuing to whisk occasionally.
- Turn off the heat and, if desired, carefully froth the hot chocolate with a hand held milk frother.
- Pour into mugs, top with marshmallows, another shake of black pepper and enjoy!
*The fat from the coconut oil as well as the black pepper in this drink have been said to help you absorb the curcumin in turmeric, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 drink
Amount Per Serving Calories 502Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 45mgSodium 375mgCarbohydrates 85gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 80gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 15g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.