Chai Hot Chocolate Homemade Gift Idea – The Recipe Redux

Whether you want to make a Holiday gift or just need something delicious to warm you up, try Chai Hot Chocolate for a low calorie treat.

Make Chai Hot Chocolate for a Holiday Gift or just warm up with a mug - Low Calorie Low Fat Hot Drink

When you work out of your home, it can get a little lonely. So I’ve been looking for a way to network with other healthy food bloggers.  I wanted a network and support for myself and another resource for you all.  The truth is, you can never have enough healthy living and eating support in your life.
While I hope you enjoy my recipes and they make eating healthy easier for you, I know it is even easier when you have a broad network of healthy recipes to choose from.  So I was delighted when I came across The Recipe Redux.  It is a recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians aimed at inspiring all of us to cook healthier and enjoy it.  The founders carefully choose a theme each month and the approved healthy food bloggers get to create a recipe for that theme.

Make Chai Hot Chocolate for a Holiday Gift or just warm up with a mug - Low Calorie Low Fat Hot Drink

 

This month the theme was healthy Holiday Mixes for hostess gifts or food gifts.  I love this idea.  I always give homemade goodies to all my neighbors but this was a twist.  This isn’t about giving something pre-made but giving a mix, something they can make.  That is much tougher than it sounds.  As it happens, I am obsessed with hot chocolate once the weather turns cold.  I am also extremely lucky, that my Grillmaster turns into a Hot Chocolate Master in the winter.  I can turn to my Hot Chocolate Master, bat my eye lashes, and comment about how much I would love a cup of hot chocolate.  A few minutes later, a luscious mug of chocolaty goodness will appear.

Hot chocolate is all about comfort.  I love the idea of finding a pretty mug.  Filling it with the ingredients for my Chai Hot Chocolate and giving as a gift to a teacher or neighbor.  It’s like giving a mug full of comfort, saying it’s OK, take some time out and enjoy a book or fire while sipping this delicious gift.  It is a great way to say “Thank you for being you”.

Make Chai Hot Chocolate for a Holiday Gift or just warm up with a mug - Low Calorie Low Fat Hot Drink

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Yields 1 serving

Chai Hot Chocolate Homemade Gift Idea – The Recipe Redux

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz non-fat or 2% fat milk
  • 1 tbsp. dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 to 4 small pieces of candied ginger

Instructions

  1. Heat all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer whisking constantly.
  2. Simmer and whisk for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Strain liquid through a mesh strainer into a mug. Add any sweetener of your choice and enjoy.

Notes

Nutritional value per serving: Cal 141/Fat 4 grams/ Carbs 23 grams/Fiber 4 grams/Protein 10 grams

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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

To give as a gift, buy a pretty Christmas mug. Place all the ingredients in a zip lock bag and place inside of the mug.  Print up a pretty recipe card with the instructions.


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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    WOW!! Never heard of this. I need to check it out. Thanks!!
  2. welcome to the club :) warm beverages are MUST this time of the year and with a chai twist, I will have to try this soon.
  3. Hi Christie :) Chai tea is one of my favorite, and I drink it with mild (which is actually what I'm doing right now!) I've got to try it with cocoa :)
  4. Is that the "dry" ingredients, you put in the ziplock bag® to put in the mug? The message on the tag should read: "just add milk"
  5. We just ran out of homemade hot cocoa Can't wait to try this spicy version! Welcome to the Recipe ReDux!! So glad to have you!
  6. Mmmm.....chai spices are the best & your hot chocolate sounds amazing! Just perfect for our recent cold & rainy San Diego weather :-) So glad you joined the redux & Happy Thanksgiving!
  7. I love chai and think this is a fun idea. Thanks!
  8. I love the taste of chai but haven't ever thought to add those spices to hot chocolate - smart!
  9. There is nothing better than hot chocolate on a cold night :D This spiced chai sounds like it's right up my alley; if I was one of your neighbours I would be ecstatic to receive this gift!
  10. Wow the star anise, cloves and cinnamon in this sounds amazing.
  11. Welcome to the Recipe Redux Christie. This is quite a clever idea for a hot chocolate. I normally just add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to mine, but I will have to try your chai mix. I love chai tea, but never thought of putting them into a hot chocolate.
  12. Christie, The Chai twist on hot chocolate sounds absolutely delicious! I will definitely try this one. Yum!
  13. First off, welcome to ReDux! After "knowing" you from Google+ for many months, thrilled to have you on board :) I love this twist on hot chocolate - I have many many gifts I need to make for my daughter's teachers, therapists, activity leaders so pinning this one :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Deanna. I am happy to be apart of a wonderful group. I can't wait to find out next month's theme.

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