This Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe came about years ago when I was totally addicted to Starbucks (like seriously addicted — I’d go at least once a day, sometimes twice). One of my favorite drinks that they made was their Peppermint White Hot Chocolate — so rich, creamy, sweet, and decadent.
And not at all good for me, especially with the number of drinks I consumed during that period of my life!
I decided that I needed to try making it at home, not only for my health, but for my budget. Not only was it very simple to recreate, now I don’t feel so guilty about indulging in the sweet beverage once in awhile. Lots of healthy fats and you can adjust the sweetener to suit your own preferences. I prefer things much less sweet today, since I have broken my sugar addiction and don’t consume much sugar now.
This delicious drink can be doubled, tripled, even quadrupled, if you’re making it for a big group of people. It’s rich and satisfying and absolutely perfect on a cold winter day after being outside in the snow.
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Shout out to my friend Suzanne from Strands of My Life for shooting the photo for this recipe!
- ¼ cup of white chocolate chips (use these homemade chips for dairy-free option)
- 2 cups of coconut milk (you can also use cow's milk too, preferably raw)
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla (learn how to make your own vanilla here)
- 1 tbsp. cold-soluble grass-fed gelatin (see note above)
- ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract
- Whipped cream or whipped coconut cream (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, melt the white chocolate over very low heat.
- Add the milk, honey, and gelatin and turn the heat up to medium-low. Stir continuously to combine and keep the milk from burning.
- After the mixture has heated up, add the vanilla and peppermint extract. Stir and remove from heat.
- Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and if you really want to get fancy, you can add some crushed peppermint candies.
- Serve immediately.