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Hot vanilla: alternative to hot chocolate

We’re all about really simple snacks and desserts here at Snappy Living, but some of us are all about avoiding refined sugar and corn syrup these days, too. Random experiments in the kitchen have revealed something delicious that fulfills all our requirements, and we’re calling it “hot vanilla.” It’s basically the same principle as hot chocolate, except easier to make and, well, vanilla.

Closeup view of Hot Vanilla drink

Hot Vanilla Recipe

Closeup view of Hot Vanilla drink

Hot vanilla: alternative to hot chocolate

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Hot Vanilla is a great alternative to Hot Chocolate. It's warm milk with honey and vanilla, and it's so satisfying.



  1. Fill a mug with milk.
  2. Heat it in the microwave for about one minute.
  3. Stir in some honey to taste - find the sweetness level you like.
  4. Now add vanilla extract to taste.

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The result is the most incredibly rich-tasting vanilla drink. It is seriously fabulous, and healthy to boot. You can use a non-dairy type of milk – I would recommend almond milk because almonds have lots of nutrients and it’s already a little sweet, but anything you like will work. In fact, if you’re using a milk substitute, you may not even need honey. But honey is also nutritious. The only thing not particularly nutritious is the vanilla extract, but you use only a tiny bit of it and if you buy the right stuff, it’s not unhealthy.

I recommend adding just a drop or two of vanilla the first time you make this drink – too much vanilla can be overwhelming. Stir it up, taste it and add some more if you want. Once you find out how many drops you prefer, then you know how to make it next time.

This has become my new evening treat. I drink it several nights a week, and it actually helps me sleep better (my doctor recommends milk before bed for insomnia). It’s lower calorie than a lot of treats you might opt for, so it’s great if you’re trying to satisfy a sweet tooth without eating something you know isn’t good for you. And it’s almost as easy as ripping open a package of chips or pulling the lid off a carton of ice cream.

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