Creamy banana peppermint hot cocoa recipe

Brr! It is starting to feel a lot like the holidays here in Texas, even if there is no snow! The weather is chilly and hot cocoa is on the menu. I didn’t have any unsweetened almond milk on hand, so I came up with a substitute to make it creamy — a banana!

Yes, a banana.

I used to drink lots of hot cocoa in the past on the cold wintery nights. I switched to green tea when I realized the amount of sugar in the powdered hot chocolate. But you know, I sometimes still like to have that warm cup of cocoa. I decided to try and come up with a  healthier option when I am craving the cocoa!

Ingredients (I used all organic):

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup of raisins or really any type of sweetener would work
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa or carob (it just wont be as rich)
  • 1/2tsp-1tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups of water or homemade almond milk

Optional: add mint or peppermint extract instead of cinnamon for a chocolate minty cocoa.

Makes 4 serving.


Blend the banana and raisins in a small blender until smooth. Whisk together all ingredients including the banana/raisin mixture in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir gently until all ingredients’ particles are dissolved. The banana makes this hot cocoa very creamy.

I used only 1/4 cup of raisins and it made for a very dark rich flavor, if you prefer something a little more sweet, add more raisins or a vegan friendly sweetener! Enjoy this healthy creamy treat.

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About Stephanie Moram

Stephanie Moram is the Good Girl Gone Green. She is a tree hugger; she is almost vegan; she is trying her best to make a difference on this planet. To say Stephanie is passionate about “all things green” and simply calling her passion environmentalism is an understatement! She wants to be the voice of change that will help others make their positive contribution to the environment. You can find Stephanie making a difference at her site, Good Girl Gone Green, or on twitter at GGirlGGreen.

  • Patty

    Hey Steph!  This sounds delicious, the kids love the hot cocoa and this is a pretty healthy choice as well as filling!

    • Good Girl Gone Green

      Thanks, Patty! Let me know what you think! :)

  • O Sullivan Anne

    Sounds delicious Steph,    we will have to try this over the holidays  !!

    • Good Girl Gone Green

      Yup! As well as my mint chocolate mousse!