Feb 19, 2021

Calming Lavender Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cup of JOYA lavender hot chocolate

Why you'll love this Calming Lavender Hot Chocolate

You don't often see lavender and chocolate together, and we're not quite sure why. They make an incredible flavor combo! The richness of the cacao in our Calm Cacao Superblend and Functional chocolate bars, paired with the unique and distinct flavor of lavender will rock your world; in a subtle, calming way of course.

Lavender is known for many things, but most commonly as a calming and relaxing herb and scent. For that reason alone, lavender is a perfect complement to the calming and stress-supporting benefits of our Calm Cacao Superblend. So while you can drink this lavender hot chocolate at any time, we recommend a cup as you wind down from a busy day. 

Ingredients to make this Lavender Hot Chocolate

  • 1 ½ cups milk/mylk of choice (for a less rich version, substitute a portion with boiling water)
  • ¼ tsp dried culinary lavender buds
  • 1 tbsp JOYÀ Calm Cacao Superblend
  • 2 squares JOYÀ Functional Chocolate
  • honey* OR maple syrup OR 1-2 soft pitted Medjool dates**, to taste
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream/coconut cream, shaved chocolate

Additional Notes

*We love how honey complements this drink, but use another sweetener alternative if you need to keep it vegan.
**If your dates are dry/hard, soak in hot water for 10 minutes before blending.

How to make this Calming Lavender Hot Chocolate

  1. In a small saucepan, combine lavender buds and milk, and heat on the stovetop until it comes to a simmer. Cover, remove from the heat and let the lavender infuse into the milk for 10-15 minutes. Strain out lavender. 

  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness if needed.

  3. Pour hot chocolate into a mug, add toppings if using and enjoy!