Did you know conventional boxed hot chocolates can contain anywhere from 15-20 grams of sugar (or more) per cup – that’s 5 teaspoons of sugar per cup eeekkk! With a few simple healthy ingredients and a sprinkle of love, you can enjoy a tasty cup of hot chocolate, minus the added junk.
Before diving into my health hot chocolate recipe, here are a few reasons I prefer using cacao powder over coco powder…
Cacao Powder vs. Coco Powder
|Cacao Powder||Coco Powder|
|a wholesome super food||heat processed, reducing nutrients|
|rich in antioxidants||contains refined sugar|
|promotes heart health and brain function||contains artificial flavours|
|known to enhance mood||can cause an imbalance in blood sugar levels|
|rich in iron, calcium, and other minerals||has little to no nutritional value|
It’s obvious that the pros of cacao powder out-way the cons of coco powder, and being the chocolate lover that I am, I only want the best for fellow chocolate lovers out there. With this said, here it is friends, my health hot chocolate recipe – a recipe you’ll enjoy time and time again.
Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe
Healthy Hot Chocolate
- Measuring Spoons
- Small Sauce Pan or Milk Steamer
- Two Mugs
- Fork or Mini Whisk
- 2 cups almond, coconut, or oat milk
- 1/3 cup coconut cream from the can, stirred
- 2 tbsp organic cacao powder raw, no sugar added
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp maca powder optional
- 2 tsp grass fed collagen optional but recommend for added creaminess
- pinch of pink or sea salt
- 2-3 tsp maple syrup or coconut nectar or liquid sweetener of choice
- Warm the almond and coconut cream in saucepan on medium until small bubbles start to form.
- Add the milk to a small blender with remaining ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds. The blender will give it a super frothy touch.
- Non blender instructions: while milk and cream are warming up, divide all dry ingredients amongst two mugs (cacao, cinnamon, maca, collagen, salt). Add a small splash of water to each mug and mix with a fork until there are no more lumps. Pour in the steamed milk to each mug. Add in sweetener (maple syrup, etc.), and stir well to combine.
- Pour and enjoy! Top with coconut whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings for an extra special tasty treat.
I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make health hot chocolate recipe as much as I do. Give it a special minty touch over the holidays by adding a drop of organic peppermint extract!
Share the chocolatey goodness with me! Snap a pic of your health hot chocolate and tag @wellness1st_net on Instagram!
Helping you put wellness 1st,