This hot chocolate tea recipe is made with five ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to fix. Enjoy this as a warm and creamy after-dinner indulgence, or serve it any time of day!
I’ve been holding out on you. Sorry about that. Because I just didn’t realize this would be a recipe anyone else might like. Until Adee tried it. “Mom, this is good!” And then Shawn agreed. Well, that’s when I knew I couldn’t keep it a secret anymore! Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate is made with less than 7 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to fix. Enjoy this warm and creamy after dinner indulgence!
You would think that tea and cocoa wouldn’t go together. Right? Well, the good news is, they work together a little more than you’d realize.
Kind of like maroon and pink. It doesn’t seem right, but somehow it works!
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Water — If you have hard water it can have a lot of flavor, in which case I recommend using filtered water.
- Green Tea Bag — Use your favorite green tea.
- Cocoa powder — Use natural cocoa powder or Dutch-process cocoa powder.
- Sweetener — You can use sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar, or your favorite zero-calorie sweetener such as Stevia.
- Plant-based milk — Any creamy plant-based milk will do here, but I’ve found soy milk to be best for creating a frothy topping.
- Sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg — This is optional, but it adds a bit of flavor and color.
How to Make Green Tea Hot Chocolate
Another thing I like about this chocolate green tea recipe is it’s so easy to make. Let’s talk about the steps involved:
- Heat the water until hot, but not boiling.
- Add the tea bag and allow it to steep for up to 3 minutes.
- Mix the cocoa powder and sweetener in a coffee mug.
- Pour the tea into the coffee mug and stir to combine.
- Steam the plant-based milk by adding it to a microwave-safe tall cup. Heat for about 30 seconds. Use a milk frother to froth the hot milk. Pour the milk into the mug. Serve warm.
Green tea can get bitter if it steeps too long, so I recommend 1 to 3 minutes.
How to Steam Plant-Based Milk
I’ll let you in on the secret to this delicious beverage. It’s the steamed soy milk. You can use whatever plant-based milk you want, but I’ve done my own personal research and so far, soy milk has been my favorite one to steam. Because I like the foamy part at the top.
I have this theory that the foam makes you feel full. I know, I know. It’s very simplistic, but coming from someone who’s chronically hungry, it seems to work for me!
Because after I have a glass of this hot chocolate, I’m full for awhile. It’s a good feeling.
I’ve tested a lot of different plant-based milks and find that the Kirkland Soy Milk creates the best froth. If you don’t care about froth, then I recommend unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk or this creamy pecan milk.
Is chocolate tea a thing?
Combining cocoa powder with tea may not be common, but the flavors and nutritional components of the two work well together.
Tea for dessert?
Tea-infused hot cocoa can satisfy your sweet tooth in a very light way. It’s easy on the stomach. However, both green tea and cocoa powder contains stimulants like caffeine, so if you’re sensitive to these late in the day, you may want to chose decaffeinated teas for dessert.
What I Love About This Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate
My battle with my sweet tooth continues. There are days when my sweet tooth wins and others where it doesn’t. But here’s the deal, I’d rather not battle at all. You know what I mean? If I can include a little indulgence in my day, then everything’s good. Sometimes an indulgence can be a bit of dark chocolate. Other days, it might be a cookie (or two).
Yes, yes, I occasionally eat cookies. Take for example these Vegan Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Those are my favorites! But if I’m in a healthy mood, I’ll definitely go for the Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites.
But if I can be proactive about things and prepare myself a glass of this delicious tea, then it means I won’t eat the entire batch of cookies (or the cookie dough) in one sitting. That means everyone’s happy — me, Shawn (because he’ll get cookies too), and even my jeans.
Cocoa is Healthy
The Mayans called it the drink of the gods. And they weren’t too far off with that, because hot cocoa comes with a lot of benefits.
That’s right. This cup of cocoa is not only beautiful and delicious, it’s healthy too:
- Tea comes with phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, catechins, and caffeine.
- And cocoa? It offers Flavanols, potassium, and even healthful fats and fiber.
More Vegan Beverages
I hope you love this recipe for tea-infused hot chocolate as much as we do!
Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup Water
- 1 Green Tea Bag
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon Stevia Sweetener
- ¼ cup Plant-based milk (See note)
- Optional (Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg)
- Heat the water until hot but not boiling. Add the tea bag and allow it to steep for a couple of minutes.
- In your coffee mug, pour the cocoa powder and sweetener. Stir to combine. When the tea is ready, pour that into the coffee mug and stir to combine.
- Place the plant-based milk in a microwave-safe tall cup—heat for about 30 seconds. I have a small, inexpensive milk frother that I use to froth the hot milk. It usually takes around 30 seconds or so. If you don't have a frother, a whisk will work here. Even a fork will work – insert it in the steamed milk and stir vigorously until you have a nice froth worked up. Pour the milk into the mug. Serve warm.
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