Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa

Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa

Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa – rich, creamy, decadent, but super healthy! Enjoy this cafe style homemade beverage without the guilt!!

Who does not like a nice steaming cup of hot cocoa? When I have traveled through various countries, I have seen the differing serving sizes – 6 ounces, 8 ounces, 12 and even 16 ounces!! And the way it is prepared also differs. I have had rich and decadent hot cocoa in Europe, but not overly loaded with cream and also in a smaller serving size. But when it came to satisfaction – it got full points!

And on the other hand I have also had rich cocoa in certain places, where the beverage is loaded with cream and still leaves one unsatisfied. It all boils down to the choice of ingredients. It is important to use high quality cocoa for good taste. Use flavorings of your choice – vanilla, cinnamon, orange flavor, a hint of almond, a pinch of ground coffee…….. or whatever you like with chocolate.

I sometimes make this Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa where I start with reduced fat milk, but increase its richness and creaminess with the addition of walnuts and blend it at high speed in my Vitamix. It tastes so rich. And you are getting healthy omega 3 fats and other nutrients, while enjoying a creamy cafe style hot cocoa!

 

Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa

 

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Walnuts are much sought after, as they are nutrient dense and a source of healthy fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Being a good source of fats, fiber and protein, walnuts provide satisfaction and fullness. This has been confirmed through research studies which have shown that walnuts can play an effective role in weight loss. Through its effects on LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, walnuts may lower the risk of heart disease. These nuts are also a good source of certain minerals – copper, manganese, magnesium.

Cocoa and chocolate also have good health benefits. You can read more about that in my post about Chocolate Hazelnut Honey Crescent Rolls.

Whether you are watching your heart health or you simply want to try a different way to enjoy hot cocoa – try this Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa! You will be pretty pleased.

 

RICH WALNUT HOT COCOA
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NUTRITION FACTS
Servings: 2              Serving Size: 3/4 cup (6 fl. ounces)
Calories 161, Total Fat 8 g (Saturated Fat 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g), Cholesterol 12 mg, Sodium 151 mg, Potassium 310 mg, Phosphorus 192 mg, Total Carbohydrate 19 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 17 g, Protein 7 g

 

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1 ¼ cups reduced fat milk
2 to 3 tablespoons walnuts
1 ½ tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
1 tablespoon honey, adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (or flavor of choice)
1 pinch salt

 

DIRECTIONS

 

1. Put the milk and walnuts in a high speed blender such as a Vitamix and blend it at high speed to a smooth creamy consistency.

2. Whisk together the cocoa and about 1/4th cup walnut milk in a saucepan at medium low heat till cocoa is dissolved.

3. Add the remaining walnut milk, salt, honey and stir. Heat it over medium setting, whisking as needed until it is hot. Add vanilla or any flavor of your choice. Serve with hot foamed milk and cocoa on the top.

 

Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 

Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa
 
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Rich Walnut Hot Cocoa - rich, creamy, decadent, but super healthy! Enjoy this cafe style homemade beverage without the guilt!!
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Recipe type: Beverages
Cuisine: Eclectic
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups reduced fat milk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon honey, adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (or flavor of choice)
  • 1 pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Put the milk and walnuts in a high speed blender such as a Vitamix and blend it at high speed to a smooth creamy consistency.
  2. Whisk together the cocoa and about ¼th cup walnut milk in a saucepan at medium low heat till cocoa is dissolved.
  3. Add the remaining walnut milk, salt, honey and stir. Heat it over medium setting, whisking as needed until it is hot. Add vanilla or any flavor of your choice. Serve with hot foamed milk and cocoa on the top.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¾ Cup Calories: 161 Kcals Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 3 g Unsaturated fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 19 g Sugar: 17 g Sodium: 151 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 7 g Cholesterol: 12 mg