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.
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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!

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

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 healthy 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 health benefits.

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

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.
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.

Enjoy!

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