Skinny Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate

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.

Skinny Tea Infused Hot Chocolate

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!

Ingredients for this tea-infused hot cocoa

Tea Infused Hot Chocolate Drink

Steamed soy milk is the secret to this Tea infused Hot Chocolate

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.

Skinny Tea Infused Hot Chocolate


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

Skinny Tea Infused Hot Chocolate - deliciously indulgent without a ton of calories!

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!

5 from 1 vote
Tea Infused Hot Chocolate
Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
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!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Author: Namely Marly
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cocoa coconut tea bag I used Republic of Tea Coconut Cocoa Tea
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Swerve Sweetener or stevia sweetener
  • ¼ - ½ cup plant-based milk I used Kirkland Vanilla Soy Milk
  1. Heat the water until hot, but not boiling. Add the cocoa coconut tea bag and allow it to seep for a couple of minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Recipe Notes

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:


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10 Responses to Skinny Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate

  1. That looks divine! Love how healthy it is, too. Of course chocolate + tea would be a swell combination 🙂

    • 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!

  2. Elsje Massyn

    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! 🙂

  3. I really need to get my hands on some coconut cocoa tea, that sounds heavenly!

    • 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!

  4. FYI, this tastes great with chai! 🙂

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

  5. 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! 🙂


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