Growing up, this hot maple cream recipe was one of my mom’s delicious alternatives to traditional hot chocolate. To this day, few things are as comforting and soul-soothing. This special drink takes me straight back to my childhood…
Whether you’ve been outside all day raking leaves in the chill of Fall with blustery winds on your cheeks, or after an exhilarating afternoon of sledding in the snow, reaching for this simple hot maple cream recipe is sure to warm you up from the inside out.
Bonus? Your kitchen will smell like maple syrup.
*To my readers who prefer to stay low-carb – don’t worry, I’ve got you. I’ve included my low carb adjustments so we, too, can indulge.
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Hot Maple Cream Ingredients
- 1 pint half and half
- 2 cups (1 pint) milk – we prefer whole milk for this, but use what you have on hand
- 1/2 c. pure maple syrup (no fake stuff here, please)
- small pinch sea salt
- 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg (I love nutmeg and think this takes it over the top – but if you despise nutmeg, feel free to substitute cinnamon – or leave the spices off altogether)
Pour all ingredients into a saucepan and heat through until hot, but not boiling. *Do NOT boil. If you accidentally boil this, it will turn into sadness. Dairy doesn’t like boiling. 😉
This serves 2-4, depending on your mug sizes.
Low Carb Recipe Revisions
- 1 – 2 cups heavy whipping cream (you decide how rich you want it)
- 2-3 cups of unsweetened almond milk – amount based on how much heavy whipping cream you used. (use whatever will equal 4 cups of liquid total)
- 2 tsp. all-natural maple extract
- your favorite low carb sweetener to taste – I use stevia and just adjust to my liking
- dash salt
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
*Follow the same instructions above for heating.
Ladle into waiting mugs and top with another sprinkle of nutmeg. The dash of extra nutmeg on top is delicious and the scents wafting up to greet you will surely put a smile on your face.
Curl up with a good book, a favorite movie, or just your mug of deliciousness and sip slowly. Counting your blessings or sharing rich conversation with a friend while sipping is also encouraged.
If you prefer a homemade, all-natural hot cocoa mix, Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers has a fabulous, easy recipe that takes minutes to throw together. Grab her recipe here.
‘Tis the season for all the many cups of steaming goodness…raising my mug to you, friend.