Non-Dairy Hot Chocolate Chai 

Ahhhhh, comforting ! A nice warm cup of drinking chocolate with chai spice! Perfect for a cozy fall,  or winter evening!!

Ingredients:

2 cups organic, vanilla almond milk, sweetened. (Or my nut milk recipe here- plus adding 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract – or, one vanilla bean-sliced open, and seeds removed into milk. And 2 Tablespoons of cane or coconut sugar per quart )

2 Tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder 

1 teaspoon DYI chai spice (see recipe below)

Method:

Place all ingredients in a medium size sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil and whisk until spices and cocoa powder have dissolved. 

Reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes until flavors have combine. 

Serve hot  

Homemade Chai Mix

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons ground ginger

Combine spices together. Mix well to combine. Store in an airtight spice container. 

Spiced White Drinking Chocolate with Coconut Cream and Homemade Marshmallows   

This is  one of the most alluring and luxurious drinking chocolate recipes on the planet! 

Ingredients 

1- 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk

1 3/4 cups heavy cream

1 -1 1/2 cups whole milk

3 cups white chocolate chips 

1 vanilla bean, split or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4-6 whole cardamom pods

Pinch ground cinnamon 

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Pinch of ground clove 

Marshmallows, for garnish ( see my recipe here ) 

Cinnamon or peppermint sticks 

Brandy or Cognac optional 
Method

In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk and heat, keep warm. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and whole milk, cardamon pods and vanilla bean split open seeds removed into cream. Bring to a simmer.

Add the white chocolate and remove from the heat. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the white chocolate is melted; whisk until smooth. Add additional spices to taste. Adjust flavors. 

Pour strained drinking chocolate into warmed mugs and spoon some of the heated coconut milk on top. Garnish with the marshmallows and additional ground cinnamon. 

Serve piping hot with a peppermint , cinnamon stick or spiked with brandy or cognac. 

Enjoy!