Hot Chocolate: Making Your Own Version Of Your Favorite Starbucks Drink

As most of you who read this blog regularly probably know by now, I love my Starbucks. In fact, it is my go to treat on days where I’m super busy or stressed out and just need a cup of comfort to cheer me up.

Unfortunately as I have mentioned previously, while these hot drinks are comforting, soothing and super yummy treats, they can also wreck havoc on your health if you aren’t careful, which is why I created this series on my blog.

One of my favorite drinks at Starbucks is a sweet and creamy Hot Chocolate. While I am a coffee drinker, sometimes it’s late in the day or I’m just not in the mood for it. In those cases I usually opt for a hot chocolate and Starbucks does make one of the best around.

Of course, traditional hot chocolate is not exactly a low calorie treat, which is why I’m going to show you how to create a healthier but equally satisfying version at home. I leave off the whipped cream when I’m at home, only because I like the rich and chocolatey flavor of this drink.

Hot Chocolate Recipe
Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups skim milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, add the cocoa powder with about two tablespoons of water and agave. When powder is dissolved, add the milk. With heat on medium, whisk until heated thoroughly, being careful not to boil. When it gets to the desired temperature, add the vanilla extract and stir. Pour into two mugs and stir. For extra oomph and a mocha like flavor, you can add a shot of espresso.

What are your favorite Starbucks drinks?
Photo by Calgary Reviews

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