Naturally Sweetened Hot Vanilla

Healthy Hot Vanilla



I saw a hot vanilla recipe on Pinterest, and instantly wanted to try it!   I wanted to make it healthier and also wanted to use my vanilla bean powder that I bake with a lot.  I made this Hot Vanilla in the crock pot.  If you are in a hurry, it can also be made on the stove top in just a few minutes.

Why hot vanilla?

Well, I actually love vanilla.  maybe even more than chocolate.  When I order ice cream, its vanilla every time.


Let’s talk about Vanilla for a moment.   I used to use pure vanilla extract when making smoothies.  But now that I am making these, mostly for my kids, I have become much more conscious about the vanilla that I choose to use.

I love this Vanilla Bean Powder.  I bought it on amazon.  it’s not cheap, but this little package has lasted me a really long time.  A little really goes a long way.    I also found non-alcohol added vanilla at Trader Joe’s.  I like to add a lot of vanilla to things.  I don’t feel bad about it when I use these products.

This Hot Vanilla is really easy to make, and I would consider adding other flavors next time, like canned pumpkin.   I have never heated up almond, cashew or coconut milk before.  But I bet you could try to use those milks if you don’t like cow’s milk.

Slow Cooker Hot Vanilla  ( Serves 4) 


6 cups of Milk

2 teaspoons of non alcohol pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean powder

3 teaspoons of maple syrup- or more if you like

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Method: Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and whisk everything together.  Cook on low for 2-4 hours.  Whisk every hour or so to mix the vanilla powder and cinnamon in.  Once the Hot vanilla reaches your desired temp, and consistency, serve.


This was sooooo good!  I will make this again soon!

Naturally Sweetened Hot Vanilla


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