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7 Vitamix Hot Chocolate Recipes for the Holidays


When I think of the holidays, I think of hot chocolate. It’s just so cozy and comforting in the cold winter weather! Granted, Will and I have been living in California for the past three years, so it hasn’t been that cold. On Christmas day, though, we are going to be making our way back to Philadelphia for the long term, which is where we met! And Philadelphia can have some pretttttty cold, wet, and snowy winters!

Once in a while, I do like to enjoy hot chocolate from a packet, but we’ve found that there are many that contain hydrogenated oils, which we personally don’t like having in the foods we eat. Also, I highly prefer hot chocolate made with actual milk or almond milk instead of water. It just tastes so much better to me! Making hot chocolate in your high-powered blender, like a Vitamix or Omniblend, is so easy. The blades spin so quickly that you can heat a drink or soup through friction in 5-7 minutes. There’s no need to stir a pot of milk over the stove, or microwave your mug to the point it will melt your skin off. Maybe you can even reduce holiday stress a bit – just blend and pour!

Today, we’re gonna share with your our basic hot chocolate recipe. We like it strong, so feel free to adjust any measurements according to your own taste. But wait! It’s a festive season! Once you’ve got the perfect recipe for a basic hot chocolate, it’s time to spruce it up a little bit 🙂 Here are some fun holiday flavors as we get ready for the New Year.

*Note*: Not all high-powered blenders are made alike, so always use your appliance safely, according to the instructions included. Machines like Vitamix or OmniBlend can blend hot ingredients without any problems, but others may not be able to. If you cannot safely blend hot ingredients in your blender for long periods of time, blend the ingredients until they are smooth, then simmer it on the stove top set to low for about 10 minutes..

Basic Hot Chocolate Recipe

1 cup milk
2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
1 tbsp sugar, or to taste
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe as needed!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk
2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
1 small candy cane
1 tbsp sugar, or to taste

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe as needed!
Hang a tiny candy cane over the side of your cup for some holiday cheer.

Orange Nutmeg Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk
3 tbsp dark chocolate
1.5 tbsp sugar, or to taste
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp nutmeg

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe as needed!
Feel fancy by garnishing the side of your mug with a thin orange slice. 

White Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk
2 tbsp white chocolate chips
1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
Tiny pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe as needed!

Cinnamon Sugar Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk
2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
1 tbsp brown sugar, or to taste
1 tsp cinnamon

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe as needed!
Decorate with a sprinkle of cinnamon or brown sugar on top!

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk
3 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
4 hazelnuts
1 tbsp sugar, or to taste

OR

1 cup milk
4 tbsp Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe is needed!
For added flair, top off your drink with some crushed hazelnuts.

Golden Honey Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk
2 tbsp dark chocolate
2 tbsp honey, or to taste
2 tsp tumeric
Pinch of salt and/or pepper

Blend all ingredients on high speed for 5-7 minutes, or until desired temperature. Double the recipe as needed!
Top off with a sprinkly of crushed dark chocolate or some grated cardamom for extra flavor.

*BONUS* Don’t forget the Whipped Cream!

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp cane sugar or other sweetener
1/4 tsp vanilla
Optional: 1/8 tsp of cardamom powder

 

Blend all ingredients on high speed, and listen to the sound. It should change in pitch after about 10 sections, making a loud WHOOSH sound. TURN IT OFF RIGHT AWAY. Plop a dollop on top of your hot chocolate! 

Other Tips

  • Feel free to use any type of dairy or non-dairy milk! Our favorite to use is our homemade almond milk 🙂 If you don’t have milk on hand, you can substitute with water, but it might not be as creamy.
  • For an even richer hot chocolate, swap out 1/3 cup of milk with half and half.
  • Vitamix and OmniBlend will double the temperature if your blend about every 2 minutes – if you find that your hot chocolate isn’t hot enough, blend for another two minutes.
  • Add in 2 oz of Baileys Irish Cream or KahlĂșa for *adult* versions of hot chocolate 😉

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    Alicia
    24 December 2017 at 4:59 AM

    Yum!!! love these recipes. I never thought of using a blender for hot chocolate.

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