Skinny Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate

Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate is made with five ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to fix. Enjoy this as a warm and creamy after-dinner indulgence, or any time of day!

A hand holds a mug of half-full cocoa with frothy milk on the top.

I’ve been holding out on you. Sorry about that. Because I just didn’t realize this would be a recipe anyone else might like. Until Adee tried it. “Mom, this is good!” And then Shawn agreed. Well, that’s when I knew I couldn’t keep it a secret anymore! Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate is made with less than 7 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to fix. Enjoy this warm and creamy after dinner indulgence!

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!

Looking down on the ingredients for this tea-infused hot cocoa, including cocoa powder, plant-based milk, and more.

Tea for Dessert?

This tea-infused hot cocoa just happens to be 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.

One thing I’ve learned is that I can still feel kinda munchy after dinner, but having a hot drink helps me realize I’m actually full!

How to Make Green Tea Hot Chocolate

Another thing I like about this recipe is it’s so easy to make. Let’s talk about the steps involved:

Step One: Seep the Green Tea

Heat the water until hot, but not boiling. Add the tea bag and allow it to seep for a couple of minutes.

Step Two: Add Cocoa Powder & Sweetener to a Mug

In your coffee mug pour the cocoa powder and sweetener. Stir to combine. When the tea is ready, pour that in the coffee mug and stir to combine.

Looking down on the cocoa mix at the bottom of the glass coffee mug. A spoon is in the cup as well.

Step Three: Add Steamed Plant-Based Milk

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 — simply insert it in the steamed milk and stir vigorously until you have a nice froth worked up. Pour the milk into the mug. Serve warm.

A green frothing device is in a tall container. There is plant-based milk at the bottom.

How to Steam Plant-Based Milk

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 the foam makes you feel full. I know, I know. It’s very simplistic, but coming from someone who’s chronically hungry, it seems to work for me!

Because after I have a glass of this hot chocolate, I’m full for awhile. It’s a good feeling.

I’ve tested a lot of different plant-based milks and find that the Kirkland Soy Milk creates the best froth. If you don’t care about froth, then I recommend unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk or this creamy pecan milk.

A container pours plant-based milk into a cup of cocoa with a spoon in it.

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. Take for example these Vegan Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies! Those are my favorites! But if I’m in a healthful mood, I’ll definitely go for the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites.

But if I can be proactive about things and prepare myself a glass of this delicious tea, then it means I won’t eat the entire batch of cookies (or the cookie dough) in one setting! That means everyone’s happy — me, Shawn (because he’ll get cookies too), and even my jeans!

Cocoa is Healthy

The Mayans called it the drink of the gods. And they weren’t too far off with that, because hot cocoa comes with a lot of benefits.

That’s right. This cup of cocoa is not only beautiful and delicious, it’s healthy too:

  • Tea comes with phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, catechins, and caffeine.
  • And cocoa? It offers Flavanols, potassium, and even healthful fats and fiber.
A glass mug full of hot cocoa with lots of frothy plant based milk at the top.

I hope you love this recipe for tea-infused hot chocolate as much as we do! If you make it, please take a photo and share it with #namelymarly. I love seeing your photos!

Tea Infused Hot Chocolate

Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate

Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate is made with five ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to fix. Enjoy this as a warm and creamy after-dinner indulgence, or any time of day!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 27kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Green Tea Bag
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia Sweetener
  • ¼ cup Plant-based milk (See note)
  • Optional (Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg)

Instructions

  • Heat the water until hot, but not boiling. Add the tea bag and allow it to seep for a couple of minutes.
  • In your coffee mug pour the cocoa powder 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. Serve warm.

Notes

I’ve tested a lot of different plant-based milks and find that the Kirkland Soy Milk creates the best froth. If you don’t care about froth, then I recommend unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk or this creamy pecan milk.
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
If you want to change things up from the green tea, try Republic of Tea Coconut Cocoa Tea.
Nutrition Facts
Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 27 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

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14 Responses to Skinny Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate

    • Hi June. I was really surprised that tea and chocolate would be good together, but I’m really loving it. And it’s a perfect after dinner (or after anything) treat. I hope you try it and love it too!

  1. This looks like a divine recipe, but South Africa is a 3rd world country and we don’t have your luxuries of a variety of foods so please can you help and advise if I could use any other available tea instead of the Republic of Tea Coconut Cocoa Tea that you use in your recipe. You would really make my day if you can work out something that I can use on our side of the world??

    • Hi Elsje. You know what I would do in your situation? I would probably just use any mildly-flavored tea you can. Even a rooibos tea and just add a teaspoon of cocoa. Try that and let me know how it goes. You can play around with how much cocoa you use to get the right mix of flavors. And if you don’t have almond or soy milk on hand, you can also blend oatmeal with water and create a fairly decent plant-based milk. I’m not sure how well it will foam, but it can add some creaminess to your drink. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

    • It is the best tea when you need something a little sweet. I’m on my last tea bag right now. 😐 Guess I’ll have to get some more myself!

    • I love chai tea – it’s one of my favorite first thing in the morning teas…all year round! 🙂

  2. I love chocolate chai, so I’ll definitely give this a try! I, too, enjoy a foamy latte–but I think it’s the PROTEIN in the soy milk that’s making you full 🙂 I prefer the taste of almond milk, but like basically all non-dairy milks other than soy, it has almost no protein.

    • I like almond milk too and sometimes use that in my hot drinks. I can get that same full feeling with a hot cup of tea too. In fact, when I’ve traveled to other countries, they oftentimes talk about having a cup of hot tea after dinner for “digestion.” I do believe there’s some truth to that. I think we’re both tea enthusiasts! 🙂

  3. Can I use this with Organic Whole Milk. i will try it with Almond Milk if I have the chance to purchase it at a store.

    • Hi Ivy=Keona. Well, the good news is that whole milk will froth up nicely. I don’t drink it myself, but have found some amazing nut-based milks that do froth up, like almond milk or macadamia milk too!

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