This Maple Butter Hot Chocolate is my favourite way to up the richness factor in my favourite winter drink.
One of my greatest childhood memories involves coming home from a long day of tobogganing with my sister and parents and tucking into a warm cup of hot chocolate. My mom kept it simple as most busy moms do as it was usually just hot chocolate mix and hot water. Today, I like to make my own hot chocolate from scratch using cocoa powder, a little high quality dark chocolate and whatever milk I have on hand. Since I don’t usually keep cream or homo-milk around, but crave the richness that fuller fat milks provide, I came up with an ingenious idea.
Maple Butter Hot Chocolate
Yes, folks. You heard me right. I put a little bit of butter into my hot chocolate to add that sought after richness without even needing any dairy milk. Since almond milk has about 30 calories per cup (but lacks that creamy mouthfeel), a few teaspoons of butter helps round it out. This is ideal for my friends who struggle with lactose intolerance since there’s VERY little lactose in butter yet you get the same delicious texture as you would had you used homo-milk or cream.
The key here is of course to start with really high quality butter. The better the butter, the less you have to use because the flavour is perfect in every little bite. I love using Lactantia European style butters which has a higher butterfat content to intensify the butter flavour in dishes and a lower moisture content for perfect baked goods. The salted variety on a good piece of bread is all I’ll ever need in life.
This butter hot chocolate is amazingly good with Lactantia’s European style salted butter, but their maple flavoured butter is my go-to for this dish. With sweet Canadian flavour, it totally eliminates any need for added sugar or more sweeteners. The result is a maple butter hot chocolate that is simple and delicious that kids (and kids at heart) will love.
My maple butter hot chocolate was shared along with other amazing Butter Secrets in a recent article in Chatelaine here. Check them out- there are a lot of interesting ways you can use butter to add a ton of flavour to your meals.
So, friends, now I want to know:
What’s your butter secret?
Have you ever tried to make butter hot chocolate?
What’s your famous hot chocolate recipe?
Leave me a comment with your ideas and thoughts!
Maple Butter Hot Chocolate
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ½ tbsp 70% dark chocolate chopped
- Pinch cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 2 tsp . Lactantia Maple flavoured Butter
- Optional: Honey, if desired
- Place the almond milk, cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Whisk until the cocoa has dissolved then add in the Lactantia Maple Flavoured Butter. Stir until fully melted then pour into a mug. Enjoy immediately!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Lactantia butter, however, all opinions are genuine.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.