Christmas Cocoa has come early this year!
This hot cocoa is delicably chocolaty, rich, creamy, perfectly pepperminty and filled with Holiday Cheer. BUT, unlike traditional packaged cocoa drinks it won’t leave you with a Swollen Santa Belly!
And BONUS, if you are adulting around the kiddos, you can make this a hot healthy holiday cocktail by adding a splash of vodka!
Like I mentioned in my Dark Chocolate Collagen Tart recipe, cocoa has some MAJOR health benefits all on its lonesome! Rich in polyphenols (they aid in the lowering of inflammation and cholesterol) and flavanols (they aid in the reduction of blood pressure, and improved brain function).
More about the brain: Is Collagen Good for Brain Health? Alzheimer’s? Neurological Degeneration?
Also, according to NCBI research compiled by Healthline cocoa has immense psychological benefits.
Cocoa is linked to positive effects on mood and symptoms of depression by reducing stress levels and improving calmness, contentment and overall psychological well-being.Healthline
I mean, who doesn’t need all the help they can get sustaining all those positive holiday vibes?
As consumers of this fun-time-family-favorite drink we have the opportunity to craft our beverages in such a way that either amps up the health benefits or allows the pre-packaged grinch who stole Christmas to steal our happy too!
By ditching the prepackaged stuff and combining a few scoops of collagen with a few ingredients from your pantry you’ll gain protein and gut-healing collagen, maintain your blood sugar, and avoid toxic ingredients present in most off-the-shelf cocoas.
Toxic ingredients such as:
Trans fatty acids, artificial flavors and sugars, GMOs, preservatives and hard-to-digest dairy and casein.Chalkboard
So, friends, take a few extra minutes to try out this recipe and create a NEW tradition where you and yours drink a real CUP OF HOLIDAY CHEER (loaded with the benefits of collagen!)
- 1 Can Coconut Milk (full, partial fat is recommended)
- 3.5 Cups Unsweetened Almond or Cashew Milk
- 2 Tbsp Swerve Granular or Powdered or 16 drops liquid Stevia
- 4 scoops CB Supplements Multi Collagen Powder
- 2 Tbsp Organic Cacao or Cocoa Powder (I used Navitas Organic Cacao)
- 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
- 1 dash Pink Himalayan Salt
- OPTIONAL: Make it a merry cocktail by adding a 1.5oz shot of high quality Vodka per cup.
- Put all ingredients into the blender. Mix for 20 seconds, then Puree for 10 seconds.
- Pour liquid into a medium pot or large electric kettle (see note for kettle)
- Heat pot until simmering (or until your desired temperature)
- Pour liquid into cups, add a shot of vodka if adulting, a dollop of homemade coconut whipped cream and a bit of peppermint dust to top!
Don’t let it bubble out of your kettle (28 sec mark in this video)! Read our Recipe Tips below.
- Calories: 233
- Protein 9.9g
- Fat: 18.9g
- Carbs: 11.5g
- Fiber: 1g
- Net Carbs: 10.5g
- Sugar: 1.7g
- An electric tea kettle is a super easy way to heat up your cocoa, you just want to be super diligent to keep an eye on it as it heats up. As the liquid will boils it will bubble out of your kettle and make a real big mess (trust me…I’ve done this 3 times now). But, if you keep an eye on it and turn it off ‘as it starts’ to bubble you’ll be fine!
- If you are a caveman, are without power or just don’t have a blender, you can use a shaker or a whisk to combine the ingredients before heating them up. However, if you are walking up right, not in the middle of a hurricane, and have a blender I’d highly recommend using it. It’s one extra step that will make a big difference.
- You can double triple or quadruple this recipe and keep it warm in a crockpot instead of heating it over the stove. However, if you plan to 2x-4x the recipe, blend 1 batch at a time and then repeat as for as many batches you want to make to ensure everything is incorporated together.
- NEED to make your cocoa EXTRA SKINNY? You can cut the Calories DRASTICALLY by leaving out the canned coconut milk and replacing it with an additional 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond, cashew, or boxed coconut milk. The calories jump down to 80 per cup, but you still have 8.8g of protein, only 0.4g of sugar and 9.1 net carbs.