Nothing sounds cozier on a cold, snowy day than a mug of hot cocoa alongside a warm, freshly baked cookie. Am I right? Okay, so perhaps you’re a tea or coffee person…I typically am too, but sometimes I want something a little more decadent: insert Paleo Hot Chocolate. Thick, rich, with a creamy base and frothy top and perhaps decked out with a few marshmallows. Yep, nothing like a warm mug of hot chocolate to remove the chill, calm the nerves and relive a few childhood memories.
This Paleo Hot Chocolate contains very little sugar, unlike conventional hot cocoa, and even contains the healing benefits of collagen. So, you can drink your hot chocolate AND still be healthy at the same time 😉 #winning
What Type of Collagen is Best for Hot Chocolate?
I have a couple brands of collagen that I use, but my favorite at the moment is Vital Proteins.
I use these collagen creamers every morning in my coffee, along with a little almond milk and sometimes a dash of vanilla extract. I whip it up with my milk frother. This creates a fluffy, frothy cream on top that makes my coffee just a bit more enjoyable. I feel like I’m drinking something special and “fancy”! Plus, I love the taste.
Why Use Collagen?
There are many benefits of adding collagen into your diet. Not only is it a good source of protein, but collagen boasts many benefits including:
- improves skin elasticity (one reason why I love taking it when pregnant) and appearance
- stronger nails
- healthier hair – thicker, fuller, grows faster
- supports gut health – improves gut lining and helps heal leaky gut
- helps with joint mobility and connective tissue health
Collagen can basically be added to anything since many brands carry unflavored versions. I find it easy to add a tablespoon here and there throughout the day. For instance, I consume collagen in smoothies, coffee, add it to soups, baked goods, yogurt, etc.
How to Make Paleo Hot Chocolate
This hot coco is made on the stove top. But, if you’re in a time pinch, just heat the almond milk in your microwave for 1-2 minutes then add the remaining ingredients. If you don’t have a milk frother, the mixture can be stirred with a whisk or fork. However, a frother works best for blending in the cocoa powder.
Simple and easy Paleo Hot Chocolate made with almond milk and collagen creamer. Low in sugar, but tastes decadent.
- Pour almond milk and vanilla in a small saucepan. Stir, place pan on stove-top (low-medium heat) and bring liquid to a simmer.
- Remove pan from heat and add remaining ingredients. Mix with a milk frother until well blended.
- Pour into mug and enjoy!
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