This delicious and nutrient dense hot chocolate will warm your bones and nourish your body this winter.Jump to Recipe
Winter has finally hit here on the West Coast! After a dry hot Summer some cooler days and rain has been such a blessing. We do our traditional “first fire of the year” October 31st along with out annual Reformation Party, celebrated in lieu of Halloween. I drink tea all year but there is something about cold weather that gets me excited for all the warm and wintery drinks. Our bodies need to be nourished and drinks are one of the best ways to really pack in those nutrients! This nutrient dense healthy hot chocolate is the perfect sweet tooth fix for a chilly Winter’s day.
Nutrient Dense Hot Chocolate
So, how does one make Hot Chocolate healthy? I am so glad you asked! Read on to see all this nutrient dense healthy hot chocolate is loaded with and how those ingredients nourish our bodies.
The Nutrient Dense Ingredients
- Cacao Powder – cacao is the raw version of cocoa and just tends to be less processed than it’s slightly more processed cocoa. Cacao is loaded with minerals like zinc, magnesium, selenium, flavanols, and phytonutrients. You can learn more about the amazing benefits of cacao here.
- Real Maple Syrup – 1 TBSP maple syrup can contain a whopping 33% of your daily manganese! Check this post out to see why you care about this little know mineral. It also contains calcium, phosphorous, iron, sodium, and potassium. You can read more about Maple Syrup if you actually need convincing to consume more of it 😉
- Egg yolk – yes, just the yolk (I save the whites for the next mornings scrambled eggs). The main reason I eat egg yolk is for the the choline. Choline is pretty important and most of us are deficient. If you are just hearing about it for the first time, I strongly recommend you read up on it a bit, starting with the link shared here.
- Collagen Peptides – I love putting collagen peptides into our warm or hot beverages because it does not clump, stink, or change the taste of the drink. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body with many important functions and jobs. It is important to find a source from grass fed animals, since it is an animal product. I notice a difference in my skin and nails when I do not include collagen in my regular diet. Read six science backed reasons to include collagen in your diet.
- Raw Goats Milk – We milk our goats every morning so obviously we have the excellent benefit and blessing of fresh raw milk. Goats milk is particularly appealing to me because it is much easier to digest than cows milk. It contains more calcium than cows milk, phosphorous, zinc, sodium, magnesium, manganese, and selenium. I DO NOT recommend any alternative nut or soy milks. Most people who have “milk intolerances” find they go away when switching to raw milk, especially raw goat’s milk.
Nutrient Dense Healthy Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups Organic Goats or cow Milk (Preferably Raw) warm slowly
- 2 Tbsp Organic Cacao Powder
- 2 Tbsp Grass Fed Collagen Peptides
- 1 Whole Raw Egg Yolk (preferably pasture raised, organic)
- 2-3 Tbsp Organic Real Maple Syrup
- Warm the milk up slowly and turn off heat before it gets too hot. We want our hot chocolate warm but do not want to destroy all the benefits of the raw milk.Mix the cacao in using a metal whisk to break up any clumps Mix in the collagen peptidesCarefully separate egg yolk from the whites, saving the whites for later in the fridge. Whisk the egg yolk in, making sure it is well desolved.Add your real maple syrup 1 tbsp at a time. I like 2 Tbsp but if you prefer a sweeter drink you may want another 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. Whisk all ingredients together to make sure everything is well mixed. Warm and serve. Enjoy!