Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

October 24, 2020

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate—-the epitome of rich + comforting for the Fall + Winter seasons. Believe it or not, using three types of chocolate creates the best decadence and this recipe will surely become your newest obsession! Literally whipped together in only 10 minutes, this homemade hot chocolate comes completely loaded with chocolate + caramel flavors, super creamy, easy to whip together, and that one reason why drinking a cup of chocolate-y goodness is worth it!

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate. What a delicious drink this is. Honestly, I can’t believe that #ChocolateWeek has finally come to an end. It’s so bittersweet.

However, I am so glad that many of you have been loving all the chocolate-y goodness that has be brought to the table. There’s so much decadence to choose from, right? Haha.

‘Chocolate Makes Everything Better + More Worth It’ is the Theme.

To recap for this week so far, I recently made this Easy Vegan Chocolate Bread which is a rich + decadent sweet indulge for any season. It’s perfectly sweet and moist, a balance between soft and crunchy, and 100% delicious with the perfect amounts of the Superfood of all Superfoods—-Cacao Nibs + Cacao Powder. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip together and comes completely dairy-free + Vegan. Gluten-free option.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

More Chocolate Goodness…….

This One-Bowl Double Chocolate Sheet Cake is a whole lot of chocolate-y goodness that melts-in-your-mouth and satisfies every single sweet tooth. Not only is it completely moist, + fluffy, but it’s also loaded with the best decadent Superfood—-cacao and is paired with a deliciously whipped chocolate buttercream frosting, which both works amazingly together.

These Jumbo-sized Easy Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins are the perfect grab-n-go breakfast or snack full of superfood cacao goodness. Packed with rich + decadent chocolate flavor and a nice crunch from organic cacao nibs, these muffins are the perfect naturally sweetened indulge. Literally made in under 30 minutes and completely dairy-free + vegan.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

This Vegan Brownie Cookie Dough Cake is the BEST THING YOU’LL EVER TASTE! Not only is it completely moist + fluffy, but it includes an airy chocolate brownie cake layered which sits in between a delicious cookie dough frosting filled with chocolate chips. Everything about this cake is so rich and decadent in flavor! The perfect balance between soft + crunchy.

Usually, I enjoy my large cup of Chai Latte from Starbucks or even homemade lattes, but hot chocolate hasn’t always been my go-to. 

If I’m honest, I never really made it a tradition growing up, therefore, I guess that my appreciation for hot chocolate is still growing. My husband on the other hand has made it a Christmas morning tradition because it’s what he’s use to in terms of his mom making it for him every Christmas. 

Unlike traditional and standard hot chocolates, this version is made out of 3 types of chocolate, is so creamy + thick, made in literally 10 minutes or less, and is perfect for the entire family.

What You’ll Love Most About This Homemade Hot Chocolate.

Very easy to whip together and uses minimal main ingredients.

Warm and comforting with every sip.

Loaded with delicious Fall/Winter spices.

A great coffee alternative!

Made with 3 types of chocolate, including a hint of caramel.

A delicious vegetarian treat for the entire family.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Obsessed with Lattes? Try these Great Options This Season!

This Vegan Pumpkin Chai Latte is made with only a handful of ingredients and is the perfect warmth + coziness to any day. Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes fully dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. Enjoy this coffee-free cup of goodness every morning. 

This Vegan Chai Tea Latte with Turmeric is the epitome of a good cup of warmth and delicious chai spices, just in time for the Holidays. It’s super easy to make, requires only a handful of ingredients, a great caffeine alternative to coffee, and comforting. All vegan and gluten-free.

This Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte is made with only a handful of ingredients and is the perfect warmth + coziness during the cooler season. Believe it or not, apple + chai flavors go together so well and will surely become your newest obsession! Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes fully dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. 

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER SWEETENER OPTION?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

Top Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate.

When it comes to dark chocolate, not only is it truly decadent, but it also includes a ton of nutrients. Believe it or not, it is the best source of antioxidants on the planet. Crazy, right?

In addition, the following are some of the top health benefits on dark chocolate as well:

  • A bar of dark chocolate (which includes 70-85% cocoa contains major nutrients such as fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc, + more.
  • May help to improve blood flow + lower blood pressure.
  • May reduce heart disease risk.
  • May help protect your skin against sun damage.
  • Could improve brain function and blood flow to the brain.

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Creamy Homemade Caramel Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Total Time: 9 mins
Serves: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups Almond milk (I use Califia Farms; You can use your own fave plant-based milk!)
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped (I use Ghirardelli)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped (I use Ghirardelli)
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate caramel bar, chopped (I use Ghirardelli)
  • 2 Tbsps cacao powder
  • 2 tsps arrowroot starch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg

Topping:

  • Marshmallows
  • semi-sweet chocolate bar, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the milk and arrowroot starch and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes, whisking to prevent lumps.
  • Add the cacao powder and continue to whisk until fully incorporated. Turn off heat and add chopped chocolate, vanilla, and spices. Continue to whisk until completely smooth and mixture becomes thickened. **NOTE: If hot chocolate isn't sweet enough, you can add 1 Tbsp of your fave sweetener.**
  • To serve, pour hot chocolate mixture in prepared mugs and top with marshmallows, if preferred and sprinkle with additional chopped chocolate.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • SWEETENER: You can always use Agave, maple syrup, Vegan honey, or organic brown sugar as a sweetener, For vegan honey—-Bee Free Honee, click link.
  • STORAGE: Best when consumed once prepared. If there is leftovers, simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • CHOCOLATE: If preferred, you can always use chocolate baking chips instead of chocolate bars. 
  • MAKE AHEAD: Simply make your hot chocolate a day in advance and follow storage instructions. To reheat, simply add hot chocolate to a medium saucepan and heat over the stove top for about 3-4 minutes, whisking consistently.
  • OTHER SPICES: To really spruce things up, you can always choose to mix and match the following spices: instant espresso powder, allspice, cayenne pepper, or turmeric.

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