You know when you see something delicious looking on Pinterest and decide that you have to make it? That’s what happened to me this week with a simple recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate! It may not be the more intricate recipe you’ve ever seen, but so far it’s been a hit with my family and a nice treat to keep warm on a cold night. I personally only discovered that I like Nutella after finally trying it within the last two years, but technically shouldn’t really be consuming it because of it’s dairy content. I have modified the original recipe to fit my dietary needs as much as I could so that I didn’t completely feel bad drinking it.
For this recipe you only need a few ingredients: milk, Nutella or a similar chocolate hazelnut spread, unsweetened cocoa powder, and raw sugar. From these four ingredients you can start to see how things can be substituted and easily modified for the result you want. I used a dairy free dark hot chocolate powder instead of the cocoa powder and lactose-free milk as a non-dairy alternative. There are online recipes for a dairy and gluten-free Nutella-like spread if you want to go the extra mile with this to be extra cautious if serving to people with dietary restrictions. Also, for the caffeine lovers out there reading this, there is definitely an option to make this beverage caffeinated with a simple addition of espresso or coffee. I’m going to gives instructions for a double recipe to share a sup of this warming beverage with someone else, or have two cups to yourself, so adjust the recipe accordingly for however many cups you want to make.
- 2 cups of your milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon of Nutella or similar chocolate hazelnut spread
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon of raw sugar
- Coffee or espresso for an extra pick me up
- Additional toppings for decoration and extra flavour
Start by heating your milk of choice on medium/high heat until it is warm and starts to steam, casually stirring for even heat distribution and to decrease milk sticking to the bottom as it boils. Add in the Nutella, cocoa powder, and raw sugar and stir until all of those ingredients have dissolved and blended well with the milk base. Keep stirring until the milk starts to simmer and then remove from heat to cool for just a moment. If you are making this to be a caffeinated drink, you can add in an sort of coffee or espresso at this point to make it as weak or strongly caffeinated as you need. From here you can pour into your mugs and decorate your drink however your heart desires. Common toppings include whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate chips, more Nutella if needed, fudge or caramel sauce, or finely chopped nuts. Treat yourself to this delicious drink and impress others when you say you made it pretty much from scratch.
I got the original recipe through Pinterest from this website, but modified it to my own preferences. All photos are my own. Let me know if you would like to see recipes more often and leave a comment down below with suggestions.