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Peppermint White Hot Chocolate is utterly satisfying and delicious! Sweet and minty, rich and dessert-like, this creamy treat is also full of good fats and unparalleled chocolate flavor! Keto, Low Carb, Paleo and Vegan.
This recipe is also GAPS-friendly and can be made Primal with raw milk.
How to make Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
The easiest way to make this drink is in the blender, or you can also use a stick blender or handheld milk frother. The milk frother (here’s the one I have) is a great option because it’s got all metal parts (no plastic touches our food), it’s super affordable, and it cleans up really fast.
Personally, I use both our blender and our milk frother to make this drink.
3 easy steps to make your Peppermint White Hot Chocolate:
- Heat your non-dairy milk in a small saucepan with cocoa butter. (If you’re using a blender, you may choose to heat the liquid to very warm and then re-heat it to super hot after it’s blended.)
- Blend the hot milk and cocoa butter with the remaining ingredients.
- Pour hot foamy Peppermint White Hot Chocolate into your mug and enjoy!
So, super easy and fast.
Ingredients in Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
This recipe uses cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is easy to buy in wafer form, so it’s convenient to measure and use in hot drinks or other recipes. If you haven’t used it before, it’s guaranteed to become a new staple and favorite in your kitchen.
HOW TO MEASURE COCOA BUTTER
- If you buy cocoa butter wafers, you can just pile them into your measuring cup, slightly heaping, for this recipe.
- When you buy bulk cocoa butter that’s in big chunks, you can process them in your food processor, to make lots of smaller pieces, and then measure those, slightly heaping, for this recipe. You can also chop the chunks up, just using a big knife and cutting board.
- For more exact recipes, like baking with cocoa butter, it’s helpful to weigh it; or you can melt and then measure. But those steps are not needed in this recipe.
WHICH COCOA BUTTER TO BUY — PRICE AND SHAPE
For years, I bought cocoa butter chunks, and they work great. They’re slightly more affordable than the wafers.
Now, I buy the wafers for a few reasons: They’re not that much more expensive, they’re easier to measure, and … they make an incredibly delicious Keto, Paleo or Vegan snack all by themselves! The wafers are unsweetened, but they taste super good. They sit right on your tongue (flat on the bottom with a delicate mouthfeel shape) and melt slowly, giving off their flavor-perfume. Such a great way to get a high-fat snack with no effort.
Here are two great cocoa butter options from which to choose when buying:
- Find the best (and affordable) small family farm Fair Trade cocoa butter wafers here.
- Find the least expensive well-sourced cocoa butter (chunks) here.
The remaining ingredients in Peppermint White Hot Chocolate are:
- your milk of choice: keto, paleo or vegan — For Keto and Vegan, I like to use Bean Milk. It’s low carb, nutrient-dense, easy to digest and super affordable. For Keto, Paleo and Vegan, I also like to use Homemade Macadamia Nut Milk. Or any other favorite milk of yours will work great, including coconut milk and almond milk.
- sweetener of choice: keto, paleo or vegan — For Keto, low carb granulated OR liquid sweetener, or even stevia; for Paleo, maple syrup, honey, maple sugar or coconut sugar (although this last option will make your white chocolate richly hued/not-so-white); for Vegan, maple syrup, agave or cane sugar.
- peppermint extract or peppermint essential oil — Your preference! Here‘s the Peppermint Extract I use. Or you can use just a few drops Peppermint EO. Here‘s the one I use.
When to serve Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
You can easily make several servings (for kids, friends or family) of Peppermint White Hot Chocolate while you’re also making breakfast or an afternoon snack — delicious and special both times of day!
It also makes a fine and easy dessert drink to sip on after dinner.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolates are also so nice to make a ritual of in the morning — not multi-tasking at all. This breakfast treat is restful to create and smells delicious in the process! You’ll smell both peppermint and rich creamy chocolate — calming, joyful smells that make cold weather and the holidays more cheerful.
Just like making coffee can be a nice part of the morning, a steamer like this one can be both a centering and invigorating way to start the day.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate (Keto, Paleo, Vegan)
- blender or milk frother
- stove top
- 3 cups milk : Macadamia Nut Milk, Bean Milk, coconut milk or other milk of choice (raw milk for Primal); if your milk is extra creamy, you can use half water, half milk (1.5 cups of each).
- ¼ cup, slightly heaping cocoa butter measure by using the wafers I link to, or chopping roughly into smallish pieces
- ¼ cup sweetener of choice: your favorite Keto, Paleo or Vegan sweetener, liquid or granulated; if you want to use less bulk sweetener, you can also add a few drops of stevia, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons gelatin omit for Vegan (optional, adds protein and makes a nice foam)
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or 4 drops peppermint essential oil, or more of either to taste
- Place milk (or part milk, part water) and cocoa butter in a small saucepan. Heat to steaming.
- Pour milk into blender (or use milk frother). Add sweetener of choice and peppermint. Sprinkle optional gelatin over milk's surface. Blend on medium speed for about 20 seconds. (Use caution when blending hot liquids; start on lowest speed, then increase.)
- Milk will be quite frothy. Taste to make sure you like the amount of mint and sweetener. Add more to taste, if needed. Serve.