I know it’s kind of an odd time of year to be sharing a recipe like this, but, well, I feel guilty not letting you in on my secret. Because this is my favorite go-to dessert right now. That’s right, dessert! When I’m craving something sweet after lunch or dinner, this Skinny Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate let’s me feel indulgent without packing on the pounds.
Shawn, my hand model above, likes this tea-infused hot chocolate too. You would think that tea and cocoa wouldn’t go together. Right? Well, the good news is, they work together a little more than you’d realize.
Kind of like maroon and pink. It doesn’t seem right, but somehow it works!
I’ll let you in on the secret to this delicious beverage. It’s the steamed soy milk. You can use whatever plant-based milk you want, but I’ve done my own personal research and so far, soy milk has been my favorite one to steam. Because I like the foamy part at the top. I have this theory that it’s the foam that makes you full.
Because after I have a glass of this hot chocolate, I’m full for awhile. It’s a good feeling.
What I Love About This Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate
My battle with my sweet tooth continues. There are days when my sweet tooth wins and others where it doesn’t. But here’s the deal, I’d rather not battle at all. You know what I mean? If I can include a little indulgence in my day, then everything’s good. Sometimes an indulgence can be a bit of dark chocolate. Other days, it might be a cookie (or two).
Insert wide-eyed, surprised emoji here!
Yes, yes, I occasionally eat cookies. But if I can be proactive about things and prepare myself a glass of this delicious tea, then everyone’s happy, including my jeans!
And this cup of cocoa is not only beautiful, it’s got some healthy benefits as well. Tea comes with phytonutrients and we all need more of those! And cocoa? Well, having a daily dose of dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure and, get this, it’s even been associated with a lower body weight!
Chocolate? Lower body weight? How can this be? Well, come to find out, those tiny little microbes, otherwise referred to as our Gut Flora, like the things that cocoa has in it. By the way, it’s important to point out that we’re talking about cocoa powder (like what’s called for in this recipe), not the chocolate bars. There is a difference.
Cocoa powder is packed with potent antioxidants, called polyphenols. These healthful molecules are also found in dark berries and black tea. And they’re known to help the heart and possibly prevent cancer. — NPR article, Thank Your Gut Bacteria for Making Chocolate Healthful
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you make it, please take a photo and share it with #namelymarly. I love seeing your photos!
Heat the water until hot, but not boiling. Add the cocoa coconut tea bag and allow it to seep for a couple of minutes.
In your coffee mug pour the powdered cocoa and sweetener. Stir to combine. When the tea is ready, pour that in the coffee mug and stir to combine.
Place the plant-based milk in a microwave-safe tall cup. Heat for about 30 seconds. I have a small, inexpensive milk frother that I use to froth the hot milk. It usually takes around 30 seconds or so. If you don't have a frother, a whisk will work here. Even a fork will work - insert it in the steamed milk and stir vigorously until you have a nice froth worked up. Pour the milk into the mug with your tea hot chocolate mixture.
I've tested a lot of different plant-based milks and find that the Kirkland Soy Milk creates the best froth. Also, I purchased my milk frother at World Market for less than $10. It works just fine! Here's the link if you'd like to check it out: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/multicolored-milk-frother-set-of-3.do