Almond Chai Hot Chocolate (vegan) | The Healthful Ideas

Almond Chai Hot Chocolate (vegan)

November 28, 2016
Almond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.com

It’s finally ok to be in Christmas mood without people thinking you’re weird yaaaay! It’s finally okay to put up Christmas decorations and watch Home Alone while baking gingerbread cookies and I’m really happy about that. To celebrate I decided to share with you this Almond Chai Hot Chocolate which is the perfect festive drink to sip while decorating your house.

Initially, I wanted this hot chocolate to be gingerbread spiced but then I re-discovered chai spice and started making anything and everything chai spiced. I’m actually sharing a vegan chai spiced pancake recipe with you next week and I’m super excited about it because it’s oh so delicious. But for now, let’s make some hot chocolate!


You can use homemade Almond Milk in this recipe, it’s gonna be even more delicious!

Almond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.com

You see those holiday cards in the background? I bought those last December in New York at Barnes & Noble and they’re probably the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to send them out. Why don’t people send out actual paper Christmas cards anymore these days? It’s so nice when you receive a Christmas card because it means the person put actual effort into sending it by regular mail and not e-mail. Am I right or am I right?

Imagine sitting by the fireplace, listening to Christmas carols, writing Christmas cards while drinking this delicious hot chocolate… Paints quite the picture, doesn’t it? All I need now is someone to build me a fireplace. Anyone?

Almond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.comAlmond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.comAlmond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.com

I never understood people who hate Christmas — shoutout to my Uber driver from yesterday lol (ofc still gave 5 stars because it was actually such a funny ride). I’ve been excited for Christmas since the start of October and I’m not sorry about it one bit. Now that it’s finally acceptable to be in Christmas mood, I’m happy to share my excitement with you.

I finally have a day off today so I’m going to spend it sipping this Almond Chai Hot Chocolate and decorating the house while listening to Christmas songs because I can’t help it but be myself. Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved literally covering the windows in Christmas decorations and making everything feel really festive. The only thing we don’t do this early is decorating the tree. We usually do it on the 22nd or 23rd of December as we always have. I like the idea of having a tree up for the whole December but if I put it up at the beginning of December, it’s going to look sad and withered by the 24th. I don’t know what you do in the UK or US or Canada but here it’s sort of a tradition to decorate it on the 23rd December and I can’t wait!

Hope you have a stress-free start of December and if you celebrate Christmas, let me know how you decorate the house and if you’re as crazy about Christmas as I am! ;)

Almond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.com

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Almond Chai Hot Chocolate (vegan)
 
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Recipe type: drink
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
Chai Spice:
  • 8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 7 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4 tsp ground fennel seeds
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground star anise
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Hot Chocolate:
  • 2 cups almond milk (or 1 cup milk + 1 cup water)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (or sub coconut nectar)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp chai spice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp maca powder (optional)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1-2 droppers Reishi extract tincture (optional superherb)
Instructions
  1. To make the chai spice, simply add all the spices into a glass jar, cover with a lid and shake to mix.
  2. Pour the milk into a medium saucepan and bring it to an almost boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Lower the heat to low and add the almond butter, tahini, sweetener, and stir to combine and dissolve.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until there are no lumps.
  5. Heat up a little more if needed and serve. Top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

Almond Chai Hot Chocolate - incredibly creamy, delicious, and sweet. Almond milk, cacao, almond butter, tahini, homemade chai spice mix, sea salt, and maple syrup. So yummy! You'll love this hot chocolate, it's so easy to make. (vegan, GF) | thehealthfulideas.com


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13 Comments

  • Reply chanel November 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    this sounds delicious! i am definitely going to try it for this season!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas November 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      I’m glad you like it! Hot chocolate is always a good idea during winter<3

  • Reply Belle November 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I love a good hot chocolate so I’m going to have to try this!

    One Awesome Momma

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas November 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Yay hope you enjoy! :)

  • Reply Sabrina November 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    This sounds and looks so delicious. I will have to give it a try this holiday season!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas November 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      You definitely should! It’s sooo good<3

  • Reply Jazz November 28, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    This sounds delicious and your pictures are incredible! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Miri November 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    totally slamming chocolate chai you got there!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas November 29, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      haha thanks! :)

  • Reply suzanne November 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    This is the coziest post ever and I LOVE it! Looks delicious.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Thank you so much! :)

  • Reply Bethany @ athletic avocado December 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Hot chocolate and chai are good by themselves, but together they sound incredible! Totally making this ASAP :)

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas December 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      I know, right?! I’m glad you like it, Bethany! :)

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