Paleo Hot Chocolate

Nothing sounds cozier on a cold, snowy day than a mug of hot chocolate.  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 hot cocoa.  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.

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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

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I have a couple brands of collagen that I use, but my favorite at the moment is Vital Proteins.  Not too long ago, Vital Proteins came out with collagen coffee creamers.  I have tried the coconut (the vanilla is next on my list) and it’s changed my life.  Okay, slight exaggeration…but it HAS changed my mornings.  I use the coconut collagen creamer 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, creating a fluffy, frothy cream on top and then sit down to enjoy my coffee.  It makes me feel like I’m drinking something special and “fancy”, haha!  Plus, I love the taste!

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There are many benefits of adding collagen into your diet.  Not only is it a good source of protein, but collagen can improve the health of your joints, cartilage, tendons, skin, hair, gut, digestion and sleep.  I find it SO easy to add a tablespoon here and there to my diet.  I consume collagen in smoothies, coffee, add it to soups, baked goods, yogurt… It can basically be added to anything, especially since many brands carry unflavored versions as well.

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But back to this Paleo Hot Chocolate.  This quick, simple recipe is just what you need to wind down after a long day or warm up after a chilly outdoor walk.  Without further ado…

Paleo Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour almond milk and vanilla in a small saucepan.  Stir, place pan on stove-top (low-medium heat) and bring liquid to a simmer.
  2. Remove pan from heat and add remaining ingredients.  Mix with a milk frother until well blended.
  3. Pour into mug and enjoy!

Recipe serves one

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If you wish to create an even quicker version of this, then by all means 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 then you can stir the solution with a whisk or fork, but a frother will work best to mix in the cocoa powder.

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What is your favorite warm drink?

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