For the Cozy Lounger: Our Fave Guilt-Free, Superfood-Packed Hot Cocoa Recipe

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One of my favorite things about winter (aside from chunky sweaters and cozy slippers) is the chance to curl up on the sofa under a blanket with a warm beverage. So I put together a 6-ingredient hot cocoa recipe packed with nourishing super ingredients! It takes just five minutes to prepare and can easily be made vegan with a simple substitution or two.

Most hot chocolate recipes are loaded with added sugar, but this recipe is refined sugar free, wholesome, and nutrient-rich. It’s frothy and rich without being overly sweet, full of healthy fats, protein, and medicinal spices that will nourish your body from the inside out. While you might be a bit surprised by a few ingredients (coconut oil and grass-fed collagen anyone?), you can feel good about indulging in this sweet treat during the holiday season.

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Katie is wearing the Merino Plains Sweater and Layover Cashmere Pant

RECIPE

6-Ingredient Nourishing Superfood Hot Cocoa

Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 2 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp maple syrup*
  • 1-2 tbs coconut oil, organic grass-fed butter or ghee**
  • 2 heaping tbs raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbs unflavored grass-fed collagen or your choice of plant-based protein powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbs maca root powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Optional Garnish/Toppings:

  • 1 tsp chocolate shavings from a stevia-sweetened dark chocolate baking bar or 1 tsp stevia-sweetened chocolate chips (I recommend this one because it’s dairy free, sugar free, gluten free)
  • 1 tbs vegan marshmallows
  • Cinnamon
  • Dollop of coconut whipped cream or other non-dairy whipped cream

*Alternatively you can substitute 1 tsp of stevia powder or 1 pitted and soaked date
**Make it vegan by simply omitting the grass-fed butter or ghee and using coconut oil only
***Make it vegan by swapping the collagen with your favorite plant-based protein powder or skip this addition altogether – it will still taste amazing!

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients except non-dairy milks to a high-speed blender.IMG_0658
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut and almond milk on medium heat just until it starts to simmer.IMG_0528
  3. Carefully pour milk mixture into the blender. Cover with lid, taking care to leave an opening at the top for hot air to escape (or else you’ll risk a hot chocolate explosion) while blending.IMG_0686
  4. Blend using a hot soup setting (if applicable) or on medium until all ingredients are well incorporated and frothed.IMG_0702
  5. Transfer to mugs and top with shaved chocolate, chocolate chips, cinnamon, Maldon sea salt, and coconut whipped cream if desired.IMG_0705 IMG_0716
  6. Enjoy immediately!

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What’s your fondest memory of drinking hot chocolate? What simple rituals or traditions do you most look forward to celebrating this year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Superfood Ingredient Cheat Sheet

Find out about the health benefits of:

Raw Cacao Powder

Cinnamon

Coconut Oil

Nutritional Facts for 1 serving from the above 2 cup batch

Hot Cocoa Nutrition Facts

Shop Katie’s Cozy Lounger Look:

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Katie wears the Merino Plains Sweater, Layover Cashmere PantMetallic Beanie in Soft Grey

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Katie is wearing the Cashmere Lodge Striped Sweater in Dove Multi Stripe, Soft Crossdye Blanket Wrap by Echo Design Group in Oatmeal, Cable Faux Fur Mitten in Medium Brown and Croft Sneaker by Ugg,

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2 Comments
Robin | CaliGirl Cooking

December 01, 2015 at 12:36 pm

This looks so good! I love hot chocolate and am always trying to think of a way to make it healthier!

Traci Finley

December 02, 2015 at 9:30 pm

A 266 calorie and 21 grams (and 6.3 saturated?) of fat cup of hot chocolate?! No, thank you!

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