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Healthy Chai Hot Chocolate Recipe – Honey Sweetened!

by Heather

Warm up with a mug of dairy-free, honey-sweetened chai hot chocolate! The chai spice blend really adds depth to this homemade hot chocolate mix. Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, and nutmeg bring that classic chai flavor to our sweet and delicious homemade chai hot cocoa!

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Healthy Chai Hot Chocolate Recipe – Honey Sweetened!

I grew up enjoying a lot of hot chocolate from premade mixes. You know, those big tubs you simply add boiling water to? I sure enjoyed it!

It made me think that homemade hot chocolate may be hard to make.

Boy was I wrong!

Creamy hot chocolate is super simple to make and my favorite way to enjoy it. Every strawberry hot chocolate is easy to make at home!

All you have to do is warm your milk, add the powdered unsweetened cocoa, chai spices, and your favorite sweetener (honey here!) and you end up with a delicious mug of warm chai-spiced hot cocoa.

Top with a little coconut whipped cream, add a cinnamon stick or star anise, and you have the perfect cozy drink for the winter months!

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What goes into chia spice?

Here are the spices that go into what you’d like in chai tea bags:

You can give your chia spice more bite by increasing the ginger or adding ground black peppercorns to it. Or just keep it as is for a kid-friendly, sweeter chocolate masala chai drink.

In a hurry and don’t want to pull out each individual spice from your pantry? Use 1-2 of your favoirte chai tea bags and steep them in the warming milk!

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Ingredients in chai hot chocolate

Scroll down to view the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions.

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How to make my favorite hot chocolate recipe

  1. Add the dairy-free milk to a small pot and warm over low to medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and whisk in the cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, clove, and ginger. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat so that the gentle simmer stops. Stir in the honey and vanilla. Whisk until the honey has combined with the hot cocoa.
  3. Serve your chai hot chocolate with marshmallows or coconut whip cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon!

PS – You can easily double or triple this recipe to serve a crowd! Make a batch, pack it in a thermos and take it along with you while you look at Christmas lights to stay warm and cozy.

Watch me make the best cup of hot cocoa!

The full how to video can be watched below, or on my YouTube channel!

Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments 

Let this recipe be inspiration to make tasty hot drinks work for you! Here are some variations try to and play with.

​Go bold – Do you love spicy chai? Up the level of ginger or grate in some fresh ginger as your cup of cocoa simmers. Simply strain out the fresh ginger before serving to leave you with a smooth and creamy drink.

Make a mocha – Add in some coffee of a shot of espresso for the ultimate chai spice mocha mix! You’ll get a nice caffeine boost with the best warming flavors.

Bring in the holiday chee– Add a candy candy at the end or peppermint extract to add some festive flavors to your cup. Pair a peppermint chai hot chocolate with hot chocolate protein waffles for a breakfast spread that’s not only naturally sweetened, but will put a smile on faces young and old.

How to make chai hot chocolate mix

Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this chocolate chai latte recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Dairy-free milk – My go-to for this recipe is almond milk, however, coconut milk, oat milk, and whole milk are great choices here too!

Cocoa powder – Two great options to substitute cocoa powder for include cacao powder and dark chocolate chips. Cacao powder can be substituted 1:1. If you use dark chocolate chips and let them melt into the warm milk, you’ll want to reduce the sweetener slightly as the chocolate chips add sweetness too.

Chai spices – If you don’t have all of the spices available, no worries! Add additional spices to what you have on hand. You can also open up a chai tea bag and use that. You can steep a chai tea bag as well in the milk. If you have chai concentrate on hand, you can also use that!

Honey – Good substitutes for honey include maple syrup, agave nectar, and coconut sugar.

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Treats to enjoy with your hot chocolate

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Chai Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a mug of dairy-free, honey-sweetened chai hot chocolate! The chai spice blend really adds depth to this homemade hot chocolate mix. Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, and nutmeg bring that classic chai flavor to our sweet and delicious homemade chai hot cocoa!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chai, chocolate
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the dairy-free milk to a small pot and warm over medium-low heat. Bring to a gentle boil and whisk in the cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, clove, and ginger. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
    how to make chai hot chocolate
  • Remove from the heat so that the gentle simmer stops. Stir in the honey and vanilla. Whisk until the honey has combined with the hot cocoa.
    honey sweetened chocolate
  • Serve your chai hot chocolate with marshmallows or coconut whip cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon!
    dairy free chai hot chocolate
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Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
chai hot chocolate

If you try this classic hot chocolate with warm spices, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

*Originally published in December 2010. Updated December 2023*

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8 comments

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 19, 2010 - 12:09 pm

I definitely look forward to spending time with my family in the kitchen. It’s the best of both worlds!

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Liana @ femme fraiche December 19, 2010 - 2:41 pm

This looks so delicious. I agree with you about the family thing. I spent the beginning part of this years holiday season searching for ways to embrace the spirit…it wasn’t until I put up the tree with my mom and baked out first batch of cookies that I realized what it was all really about…

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Erica December 19, 2010 - 3:26 pm

You’re so right. The holidays are all about spending time with your family & friends! This hot chocolate sounds totally delicious (and what a cute mug). I’m most looking forward to seeing Josh’s family! Its been too long

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Allie December 20, 2010 - 5:25 am

I enjoy Christmas breakfast, eggs + bacon ! Plus just spending time with my family and dogs :)) Your hot cocoa sounds SOOO good!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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Lauren December 20, 2010 - 9:28 am

I’ll be looking forward to spending the first Christmas with my new nephew.

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Emily @ For Sweets Sake December 20, 2010 - 1:56 pm

I’m looking forward to not working, seeing my family for the first time in a few months and being somewhere where there is snow! 🙂

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Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 22, 2010 - 8:14 am

That hot chocolate sounds wonderful! I love cocoa, chai and hot drinks so a great combination. I could use some right now since I’m so cold! We are going to have a white Christmas this year 🙂

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