Baby it’s cold outside! Even if it’s freezing cold and snowing this Frozen Hot Cocoa hits the spot, but is sure to be a year round favorite. Tomorrow is National Hot Cocoa Day, yeah I know mine is frozen but still….. chocolate! Couldn’t help but share this recipe today, even while it might sound a little crazy for this Minnesotan we’re whipping up Frozen Hot Cocoa to celebrate. Even if temps are below freezing outside, and yes it’s snowing today!
Tomorrow on National Hot Cocoa Day I’ll be sharing a couple more favorites on Instagram Stories, including one I shared over the weekend and a healthy superfood packed favorite that’s really easy!
While we normally would go for a warm version (and only on occasion) I couldn’t help but share this fun one as it was one of the first blog posts almost 5 years ago was Frozen Hot Cocoa. My how my posts have changed. I still can’t believe it was so long ago and this version is even better (and a little healthier)! Pretty much the same but we like to add in a little superfood boost now with a scoop of Navitas Organics Cacao & Greens Organic Superfood Blend (with protein, vitamins, minerals, greens, and digestive enzymes) or use a plant-based protein milk like Ripple. While it’s called Frozen Hot Cocoa which is kind of an oxymoron, because it’s frozen and not hot at all, I make ours with cacao and not cocoa as it’s packed with antioxidants, is less processed, and not as sweet as cocoa.
So looking at this you are probably thinking it’s packed with sugar, super sweet, and not healthy. Nope it isn’t! there are a few marshmallows and chocolate shavings but there isn’t a lot of sugar in it, especially compared to those coffee house ffff…frozen drinks. If you want to cut the sugar even more you can swap the maple syrup for stevia and you can omit the toppings or just use cacao nibs. I made the coconut whipped cream but did in this case add a little powder sugar for stabilizers (for photographic purposes, otherwise just for treats).
So here is the funny thing, my girls aren’t huge hot cocoa fans! They go in phases but my oldest (S) has it maybe once or twice a year since about 5 years ago. My youngest (A) has it more often but is kind of picky and likes white hot cocoa more then regular and still is picky as she doesn’t like it too sweet. Nothing wrong with this and I still offer to make it when it snows or when we come in to warm up. I think it goes back to my childhood and all the memories of sipping on hot cocoa with cold numb fingers and nose.
I’ll be enjoying one of these Frozen Hot Cocoas with a double shot of Cacao & Greens and maca (Gelatinized Maca Powder) after my workout tomorrow or might have one for dessert or a treat spiked. If you saw my Instagram Stories over the weekend you know what I bought to spike it with, a locally made Habanero Rum, adds a bit of warmth. Of course that would be a long shot for a Tuesday night, haha!
If this Frozen Hot Cocoa isn’t your thing see the notes below for a warm hot cocoa version. Looking for something edible, how about Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Scones?
Tomorrow is National Hot Cocoa Day, but today is Meatless Monday! I wanted to share a salad or a ramen bowl I recently shared on Instagram but with National Hot Cocoa Day pushed those out but check out the linked up recipes below for most inspiration. My co-host Deborah and I look forward to seeing what’s cooking in your kitchen and hope you join us!
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