Frozen Hot Chocolate (SRC)

August 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm 11 comments

Summer is almost over…gasp! I say this every August, but seriously how did it go by so fast? Then, I remember all the fun things I packed in over this summer …yep, three months is about right🙂

I got a taste of Fall over the weekend after a little rain and wind blew through, leaving crisp cooler weather….not only was I pumped to break out a long-sleeve t-shirt but it spurred a hankering for comfort food. Is it a surprise that chocolate was my go-to?
frozen hot chocolateWhen I found Kate’s Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe on the The Colbert Clan for this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment, I thought it was the perfect bridge between summer and fall to satisfy my chocolate craving. This chocolate treat hit the spot! I’m one of those people that eats chilled or frozen foods despite the weather, so I enjoyed sipping this drink while being bundled up on the couch under a blanket. 

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Kate is a full-time mom of three cute kiddos that has a knack for all things DIY, inspiring me to make a list of handmade projects and new recipes to try. I’ve put her Slow-Cooker Applesauce and Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup on my Fall to-make list along with her Apple Balsamic Pork Roast for a easy mid-week dinner!

I made a few changes to make the recipe dairy free and refined sugar free; I used canned coconut milk, stevia for the sugar and used a non-dairy chocolate bar that was sweetened with coconut nectar. I also threw in a tiny pinch of sea salt for good measure and highlight the sweetness. I wound up heating the milk in a small saucepan to melt the chocolate a bit first, then chilled it in the fridge before blending to help incorporate the mixture.

This drink was rich and decadent and packed with chocolate flavor…and now I keep thinking of different varieties to play with; Chocolate mint…Chocolate coconut…caramel…chocolate covered cherry…peanut butter…mmmmm. Kate was right when she said the possibilities are endless!

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Frozen Hot Chocolate (Lightly adapted from The Colbert Clan)
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Paleo-friendly, Egg-free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Nut-free

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces of dairy-free chocolate bar (chopped, I used a 85% dark bar) or chocolate chips
1 Tbsp of raw cacao or cocoa powder
1 Tbsp sweetener of choice (or a pinch of stevia) or more to taste
2 1/2 cups of non-dairy milk of choice (I used canned coconut milk for a thicker texture)
a tiny pinch of sea salt
2 cups of ice

For serving (optional but delicious!)  
whipped coconut cream (or your favorite whipped topping)
chocolate shavings or raw cacao nibs
cherries

Directions

  1. *In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and is incorporated. Remove from heat, pour into the blender and refrigerate until chilled for a couple hours (or the ice will melt this immediately).
  2. Put remaining ingredients into the blender (ice, salt, cocoa powder, sweetener) and mix until smooth. Adjust the sweetener if needed.
  3. Pour into a glass, garnish as desired and enjoy!

Serves 1 larger portion or 2 small

*If you don’t want to heat up the milk first, go ahead and blend all of the ingredients together – this will work just fine but you might have chunks of chocolate depending on your blender.

Notes: If you prefer a sweeter treat, choose a chocolate that is semi-sweet instead of a darker chocolate and adjust the sweetener to taste. Choose your favorite sweetener — maple syrup, coconut nectar, sucanat, stevia, honey etc. Also, feel free to add your favorite flavors or add-ins to make your own version!

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sallybr  |  August 24, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Beautiful photos, and what a great choice for your assignment! Luscious!

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  • 2. Traci (@burntapples)  |  August 24, 2015 at 6:26 am

    One of my favorite choices for a hot summer day. Love frozen hot chocolate!

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  • 3. Sarah E. (@sjanee11)  |  August 24, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I have many frozen hot chocolate recipes saved but have yet to make them. But I see them all the time and think to myself that I have to make them asap (like within the week) and then I forget. I HAVE to try them soon. HAVE TO!🙂 Great pick for reveal day today!

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  • 4. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm  |  August 24, 2015 at 7:37 am

    It looks so tempting. I just want to grab that photo off the page and take a glug.

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  • 5. Tara  |  August 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

    This looks perfect! And definitely a great transition for fall. Now I am craving one.

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  • 6. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories  |  August 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Very pretty looking!

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  • 7. palatablepastime  |  August 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Sneaky! Because it looks like it’s hot! Haha! But I could still put a couple of these away on a snowy day. j/s Great post!

    Reply
  • 8. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie  |  August 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Love your presentation! Although I love hot chocolate I am not a chocolate milk fan and for some reason I have it in my head that that’s what frozen hot choclate would taste like and therefore have not yet tried it myself.

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  • 9. lk529  |  August 25, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I had to grab a jacket on my morning walk – it was below 65.. um, excuse me Mother Nature, it’s technically still summer!
    Frozen Hot Chocolate is definitely one of my culinary bucket list items. Glad you were able to squeeze it in to what’s left of summer.

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  • 10. Emily @ Life on Food  |  August 26, 2015 at 7:18 am

    One of my favorite summer treats. This reminds me that I haven’t indulged in a while. Great pick!

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  • 11. Kate  |  August 31, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Great choice! I just love Frozen Hot Chocolate and your variation is great. Thanks for sharing this one off!

    Reply

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