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umami hot chocolate

Hot chocolate with a scarf, mini pumpkin, and gourd in the background

You know those "once you go X, you never go back" expressions?

This umami hot chocolate is sort of like that. I know it's an odd combination: mushroom powder and mustard and garlic with chocolate? Completely bat-bleep crazy. In fact, I can't even promise that you'll enjoy the first sip. When I first experimented, I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it when I first did a mini test.

But then the power of the umami blend kicked in: a savoriness and warmth that tickled my tongue and made me take another taste. Now, I'm officially obsessed.

If you're someone who enjoys earthy drinks like chai or matcha, I ask that you give this a try. You may never go back to regular hot chocolate!


Servings: 1 person

Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup & 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I'm sure milk or another type of milk substitute would work just as well)

  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

  • 1/2 tsp umami blend seasoning

  • Sugar to taste


  1. Heat the one cup of almond milk on the stove, stirring to avoid scorching;

  2. In the meantime, add your cocoa powder and umami blend into a mug and add the 2 tbsp almond milk. I used the umami blend from Trader Joe's, but I'm sure that any brand would work;

  3. Stir well to create a paste, making sure that there are no cocoa powder lumps remaining;

  4. Once the almond milk has reached proper hot cocoa temperature, add it to the mug and mix together;

  5. Add the desired amount of sugar -- I used two Splenda packets;

  6. Enjoy!

Hot Cocoa in a glass mug with a scarf and pinecones and fall gourds.

Hot chocolate in a glass mug with cocoa powder and Trader Joe's umami blend.


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