There’s nothing that I enjoy more than sitting at home in my cozy pajamas on my comfy couch drinking a warm beverage on a chilly fall evening reading a good book or watching a movie. This is one of my favorite parts about living in New England and being able to enjoy all four seasons. I enjoy it even more when the hot beverage is a cup of hot chocolate. I am an absolute chocoholic so there’s no surprise that my go to hot drink in the cold seasons is hot chocolate. That is after my usual cup of coffee in the morning thought. Nothing can replace that!
Hot chocolate reminds me of when I was a little girl and would go to my grandma’s house and she would make us some hot chocolate. Hers was the best. In my culture, you drink hot chocolate with cheese in it and a side of bread to dip. Trust me it’s so good. This is still my favorite way to have my hot chocolate but I also love to top it with marshmallows, whipped cream, colored sprinkles, mint, chocolate shavings, you name it. And can’t forget about white hot chocolate. Yum!
Another great way to have hot chocolate in the fall is to add pumpkin flavor to it. It is so good. In the process is of being more health conscious I started making my hot chocolate with cacao powder. I also like to use dairy free milk and natural sweeteners. When I make my pumpkin flavored hot chocolate I like to use homemade pumpkin puree. It keeps the flavor fresh and has the added nutritional value of including a vegetable. This can be great for picky eaters!
This hot chocolate is pretty easy to make and it is very rich as well. If you are using homemade puree just be sure that it is very smooth so that you don’t end up with chunks of pumpkin in your hot chocolate. Unless that’s what you’re going for. No judging here! (lol).
This is also a vegan and allergy friendly recipe. You can use what ever kind of dairy-free milk you prefer and any sweetener as well. You can use any type of toppings you prefer as well. If you would like to keep it vegan, use vegan friendly toppings. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, use any type of fun toppings you like as you would with a regular cup of hot chocolate. Have fun with it, have the kids participate and enjoy!
Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp raw cane sugar
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
In a medium sauce pan combine coconut milk, cacao powder, sugar, puree and bring to a boil.
Stir in chocolate chips, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring heat down and let it simmer until chocolate chips have been dissolved.
Remove hot chocolate from heat and serve immediately.
Top with favorite toppings and enjoy!