Chocolate is one of my favorite foods, and I have some unique chocolate drink recipes I’d like to share that are a little bit of a twist on those you might be used to. Whether you’re into healthy forms of chocolate or not, all of these chocolate drink recipes are sure to please. There’s something here for everyone, whether you like hot or cold chocolate drinks. Don’t live your life and just drink plain cocoa all the time. Have something a little more creative and incredibly delicious instead!
1. Superfood Hot Cocoa
Let’s start with one of my favorite fun chocolate drink recipes, which is what I call Superfood Hot Cocoa. Think of it as hot chocolate, but with a little extra punch and power! It’s also sugar-free naturally, and incredibly healthy. The best thing is, it’s both calming and energizing at the same time, and aids with focus and mood. Superfood Hot Cocoa features not only the superfood raw cacao, but also a couple other raw superfoods that are truly amazing for you, and so energizing too! Enjoy!
1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup water
1 tsp. cacao powder (raw)
½ tsp. maca powder (gives a mild caramel flavor rich in antioxidants and hormone boosting properties)
Boil the water on a stovetop, or run it through a coffee maker to warm it up. Meanwhile, add the almond milk, stevia, cacao powder and maca powder to a large mug or coffee cup. When the water reaches a boil, or finishes in the coffee maker, pour it into the mug, whisking slowly, so everything combines. This might take up to a minute or so. Just make sure you don’t have any clumps. When everything is combined, top with the cinnamon and enjoy!
2. Chocolate Coconut Protein Shake
We’ve all had a protein shake, but have you had a chocolate coconut version yet? If you love Mounds bars, you’ll love this icy, smooth treat! Make this anytime you need a little lift or need something to help you recover after a workout. The coconut and chocolate will enhance your mood, while the protein stabilizes your blood sugar and builds muscles.
¼ cup coconut milk
1 cup of cold water
1 scoop your favorite chocolate protein powder (I like Sunwarrior)
ice (about ½ cup or less if you want it less icy)
stevia or cinnamon (optional)
Blend all the ingredients in your blender until smooth and creamy.
3. Frozen Hot Chocolate
I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate Drink served at Serendipity in New York City. If not, no worries! You can make your own at home! It might not quite be the same as the original, but it will do in a pinch and it’s delish!
6 ounces of your favorite dark chocolate bar
2 teaspoons dark cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s)
1 1/2 tablespoons your choice sweetener
1 1/2 cups milk of choice
3 cups ice
Garnishes (optional but recommended):
chocolate syrup or shaved chocolate
Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted. Add the cocoa powder and your choice of sweetener. Stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and slowly add ½ cup of milk until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Next, in a blender, place the remaining cup of milk, the room-temperature chocolate mixture and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth and the icy, like a slushy. Pour into a giant goblet and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
4. Iced Mocha Smoothie
My favorite flavor anything in the world is mocha. Chocolate and coffee combined just can’t be beat! Check out this simple and yummy iced mocha smoothie. It is excellent, takes minutes to make, and is sure to please anyone you serve it to.
1/12 cups your favorite milk
1 packet of instant mocha mix powder (sugar free if needed)
1 tsp. dark cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional, but makes it thicker)
1 tsp. your favorite sweetener
1 cup ice
Add everything to your blender and blend on high. Serve when thick and frosty.
5. Slow Cooker Snow Flake Cocoa
White chocolate is a treat I always loved as a kid, and this fun cocoa recipes uses the smooth, sweet flavors of white chocolate to make one great cocoa drink recipe. It is high in sugar and saturated fat though, so enjoy sparingly! Kids will love this, along with adults, so try it this winter season when you want a twist on the original treat! Plus, you can make this in your slow cooker, so it has time to develop a rich flavor, and you don’t have to watch it on the stove. So you can play out in the snow, and then come into a cup too!
2 cups whipping cream
6 cups of milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups of white chocolate chips
Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if using.
6. Zucchini Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Dont’ knock it til you try it! Believe it or not, many people use zucchini to bake with in chocolate cake because it lends a creamy texture that’s utterly tasteless. In this fun smoothie recipe, you can get in your veggie intake, plus the banana sweetens things up. It makes a really creamy smoothie as well, so if you get tired of spinach in your green smoothies, how about giving this a shot? Shhh, don’t tell your kids, but this might make a fun way to get them to get in some extra nutrition for them, or perhaps for your man!
2 cups chopped zucchini (about 1 large)
1 tbsp. natural peanut butter
½ banana frozen
2 tbsp. dark chocolate cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
1 scoop your favorite protein powder (optional but makes it thick and adds nutrition)
stevia or sweetener to taste
optional: ¼ cup frozen strawberries
2 cups liquid (like water and almond milk, or your choice)
Add all the ingredients to your blender until thick and creamy. Enjoy!
7. Raspberry Chocolate Yogurt Smoothie
Perhaps you’re not sure if you want a fruit smoothie or a chocolate one, and maybe you can’t decide whether you’d like something thick and frozen like ice cream, or something nice and smooth. This recipe has you taken care of, dear! This Raspberry Chocolate Yogurt Smoothie is an excellent way to get a little bit of it all, and makes for a nice refreshing twist to all the traditional recipes we’re used to. The trick here is to freeze your yogurt for one hour before you use it. Then, when you pop it in the blender with the other ingredients, it comes out like ice cream, and is totally amazing!
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 fresh mint leaves
2 cups frozen raspberries
6 ounces of plain yogurt (use Greek for a really thick recipe)
2 tbsp. dark cocoa
sweetener of choice (I like about 2 droppers full of liquid stevia or you can use 2 tbsp. other sweetener preferred)
Optional: chocolate chips or cacao nibs
First, freeze your yogurt one hour to get it thick and icy like ice cream. When it’s done, remove it, add it to your blender, along with the raspberries, mint, sweetener, and cocoa. Last, add your almond milk (or other milk) and blend. It will be really thick and smooth, yet also icy from the berries, and it’s delicious! Enjoy!
8. It’s a Date Chocolate Shake
This yummy chocolate shake recipe looks like your average shake, but when you drink it, you get an incredible flavor from the dates, which lend a caramel texture. It’s also not too high in sugar and naturally sweet, unlike shakes made with refined sweeteners. Enjoy this recipe anytime you want a chocolate shake, but don’t want all the excess sugar. Plus, dates are high in energizing B vitamins, fiber and potassium, which are fantastic for you!
2 pitted dates
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s)
6 ounces plain yogurt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp. chocolate chips or cacao nibs
2 drops of liquid stevia (for a really sweet drink)
1 cup ice
Add all the ingredients listed to your blender, blend on high and enjoy.
9. Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate
I love the warming flavors of chai, which has cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg. Chai tea is a mix of those spices combined with black tea, and when added to chocolate, you get a phenomenal flavor hit in one drink. This hot chocolate is great treat if you love both hot chai tea and hot chocolate. Try it next time you need a little extra warmth and comfort, or just have a serious chocolate craving!
1 chai tea bag
1/2 cup water
½ cup your choice milk
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
sweetener of choice
Add the water and milk to a saucepan and bring to a low boil. Stir in the cocoa powder and sweetener until dissolved. Add a chai tea bag to a mug and pour the milk mixture over the bag. Let it steep for 2 full minutes before serving and press the tea bag down with a spoon into the mug to release some of the flavors. You can also choose to boil the tea bag with the water if you want. Either way works great!
There’s nothing better than a nice chocolate treat when you need something sweet. Which one of these would you like to try the most?