A delicious and cozy fall spiced drink!Jump to Recipe
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Who else loves hot drinks? I am almost always sipping on something warm! And come this time of year, of course we need to include pumpkin in everything. This yummy pumpkin white hot chocolate is the perfect fall drink.
Are you thinking about the sugar in your drinks?
Everywhere we go come the autumn months, we see signs and recipes for pumpkin lattes, spiced pumpkin drinks, and pumpkin hot chocolate. The problem with most of these is that there is more sugar in one of these sweet drinks than we need to consume in an entire day, let alone one small cupful of liquids.
There is a simple solution. Make your own! Even though those fancy drinks may seem like work, the reality is, they are all very simple. And you can sip away guilt free! My sweetener of choice is Trim Healthy Mama Pure stevia or NOW liquid stevia drops.
In fact, I always have a small bottle of liquid stevia in my purse for sweetening drinks when I’m on the road. It literally makes the BEST tasting iced coffee. Just order iced coffee with no sugar and add in a few drops of stevia. It couldn’t be easier! There is literally no excuse to order a sugary drink with the liquid stevia on hand.
Why I’m a big fan of staying hydrated with yummy drinks
I drink a lot throughout the day. It is my biggest secret to managing munchies when I’m not actually hungry. The truth is, whenever we feel like mindlessly munching on something, we are probably either bored, tired or dehydrated.
Just sipping on something tasty totally satisfies that hand to mouth factor we get when we are snacking. Plus, it is keeping you hydrated and since not drinking enough can trick you into thinking you are hungry, this is a win all around!
Having a warm drink is also a great way to end a meal. You might think you are still hungry, but by the time you finish sipping away and your food has had time to digest, you realize you are actually satisfied!
I usually like to keep my drinks fuel pull, so that I’m not ending up with a bunch of calories. [Read about what a fuel pull food is here.] But every once in a while I like to splurge, or have a drink that is more like a dessert after a meal. This pumpkin white hot chocolate is one of those richer, splurge worthy drinks. I will even have it for breakfast sometimes with a scoop of collagen added.
Is this drink really low carb?
This recipe uses Bake Believe white chocolate chips. [I think Lily’s also has a sugar free white chocolate chip]. If you look at the nutrition label it says there are 10 grams of carbs per tablespoon of chocolate chips. Whaaaat?? I thought these were Keto/low carb friendly? Will this turn my drink into a crossover? Hang on.
When calculating net carbs, you always subtract the fiber from the carbohydrates. There are 3 grams of fiber in a serving so that leaves us at 7 grams net carbs.
If you go a little further down, you will also see that there are 7 grams of erythritol sugar alcohol. According to this article, half of the carbs from sugar alcohols can be subtracted from the total carbohydrate count, and when it is erythritol, they can be completely subtracted. So that leaves us with zero net carbs!
So the best I have been able to discover, Bake Believe chocolate chips are in fact, low carb. If I’m wrong, please correct me!
I call for 1/2 to 3/4 quarters of a cup of white chocolate chips. Start with a half cup, and after everything else is in there taste and see how you like it! If you think it needs to be a bit richer, stir in the extra 1/4 cup.
What else do I need to know about this drink?
I used bought canned pumpkin puree for this recipe. I love the color of bought pumpkin versus the paler color our homemade pumpkin is and store bought is also thicker. But homemade will definitely work as well!
My favorite canned coconut milk is the AROY-D brand. I like it because the only ingredients are coconut and water. Whatever brand you choose, you want the ingredient list to be as simple as possible! No unnecessary fillers!
I touched on this already, but this is not a low calorie drink. Just something to be mindful of. You wouldn’t want to drink it all day like the Trim Healthy Mama fuel pull sippers and hot drinks. It is also quite rich so a small cup after a meal is a perfect warm dessert! Or drink it as/or part of your snack.
It would also be great for the holiday season. On Christmas Day, one of my strategies to staying away from sugar is to bring along an absolutely delicious drink. This is not the time to worry about if the drink is low in fat or not. So long as it tastes great and satisfies my sweet tooth, I happily sip away at it all day.
Some other fall drinks you might enjoy:
Immune Boosting Hot Nog, Homespun Eats
Velvety Maple Latte, Briana Thomas
Velvety Ginger Cookie Sip, Briana Thomas
Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte, Northern Nester
Butter Caramel Hot Sip, Northern Nester
Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate printable recipe:
Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
- 1 can full fat coconut milk 14 oz. [400ml]
- 4 cups almond or cashew milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of cloves
- 6 pinches sea salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon maple extract
- 6 tablespoons Truvia or Sweet Mix or to taste
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup Bake Believe white chocolate chips
- Blend the pumpkin puree with two cups of the nut milk in a blender. This is to get it very smooth, especially if it is homemade.
- Combine the pumpkin mixture in a large saucepan with all the other ingredients except the chocolate chips.
- Heat over medium/high heat until steaming, stirring often with a whisk. Do not let it boil.
- Once it is steaming hot, turn off the heat and whisk in 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips. Taste and see if you like the flavor. If you want it richer you can add the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
- Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat to serve.
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So yummy! A dessert and good for me? YUP I’LL TAKE IT!
Yum! I love healthy hot chocolate recipes
Hot chocolate is my warm beverage of choice, lol!
Nice! I never thought to combine pumpkin spice and hot chocolate but now I am intrigued!
It is a yummy combination!
Wow, this is incredible. I also like to drink lots throughout the day. This would be really fun after lunch during the fall or Christmas season. Thank you!
It definitely makes a fun, cozy end to a meal!!
Megan | Simply Rooted Farmhouse
This looks like such a tasty, cozy recipe. And those mushroom mugs are adorable!
I know, I think the mugs are so cute!!
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Thank you so much!