This easy and quick Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is decadent, vegan-friendly, and perfect for fall!
Is there a chill in the air where you live?
Have the leaves started their yearly transformation from cool green to warm oranges, reds, and yellows?
Have you started digging out your boots, scouring your closet to find your jackets, sweaters, and scarves?
The signs are all here-- fall is coming.
And with fall-- comes pumpkin.
This quick and easy drink is rich and creamy, can be made with non-dairy or dairy milk, and will keep you warm as the weather changes.
This recipe uses a pumpkin spice purée to flavor the hot chocolate. If you prefer a syrup, try this pumpkin spice simple syrup.
Making Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Making your own homemade hot chocolate is SO EASY!
And homemade hot chocolate tastes about a million times better than store-bought hot cocoa packets.
All you need for homemade hot cocoa is milk and sweetened chocolate.
Here, I'm using chocolate chips.
For this recipe, you'll also be adding pumpkin and a few spices.
Oh-- and also whipped cream, because... well, why not!
To start, heat some milk (or a milk substitute) and a little pumpkin purée.
Canned pumpkin works fine here, but if you want, try swapping homemade pumpkin purée for canned!
Next, bring the milk to a boil, and then immediately remove it from the heat. Stir in the chocolate chips, and keep stirring until they all melt.
To make your own whipped cream, add cream (or coconut cream) to a chilled bowl with a little sugar, and use an electric mixer to whip it up!
Top the chocolate with the whipped cream, and then sip away as you watch the leaves change colors.
Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin Hot Chocolate:
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (~2 oz)
- 1 cup milk OR milk substitute
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground clove
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Whipped Cream (Optional):
- ½ cup whipping cream OR coconut cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- Add the milk and pumpkin to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat, add the chocolate, and stir until blended. Add the cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, and stir to blend. Divide hot chocolate between two mugs.
- Optional Whipped Cream: Put cream (or coconut cream) and sugar in a chilled glass bowl, and use an electric hand mixer to whip into stiff peaks. Spoon onto hot chocolate.