Snuggle Up with a Hot Chocolate Cup
As the colder weather starts to come, it is great to cozy up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. However, the hot chocolate packets are filled with processed ingredients and LOTS of sugar. Plus, I like my hot chocolate rich and creamy, and those store bought hot cocoas don’t always hit the spot. So, I created a homemade hot chocolate recipe that your family will love, and you can feel good about making it for them. It is great to make as a healthy, Paleo dessert for the kids or if you want something special to share with your significant other. I especially love that it is easy to make (even kids can help!)
There are so many great brands of natural, organic chocolates these days. I really like Lily’s because they are sweetened with stevia, but if you can’t get your hands on those, I would also recommend the Enjoy Life brand. Children typically like the milk chocolate variety (40% cocoa) and many adults may prefer dark chocolate (70% or higher). The dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and antioxidants. In any variety of chocolate, there will be cocoa butter, which is a source of great fats, just like the coconut milk.
Coconut milk contains healthy saturated fats that won’t raise cholesterol. These fats, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), aid in fat metabolism and energy. These fats also help control your blood sugar, and it also provide electrolytes like potassium and magnesium and promotes gut health. The coconut milk is especially great for kids since they need healthy fats to grow and fuel their brain. Our brains have a large portion made from saturated fats, and we want those coming from the right sources instead of junk food.
This hot chocolate is great at night because coconut fat helps with ketones that fuel the brain in the evening and while sleeping. Plus, it is as easy to make as making hot chocolate from a pouch with just 3 ingredients!
So, go enjoy a nourishing cup of hot chocolate on one of these cold nights with those you love!
High Fat Hot Chocolate
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- 1 bar of chocolate sweetened with stevia (i.e. Lily’s)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Heat a sauce pan on the stove to medium heat.
- Open and pour the can of coconut milk into the pan.
- Break up the chocolate bar into the milk or pour in chocolate chips.
- Stir with a spatula or whisk until the chocolate is melted through.
- Take the hot chocolate off the heat, and add the vanilla. For an added boost you could add 2 TBSP grass-fed collagen protein to the recipe once you remove from the heat. Stir to finish incorporating all the ingredients.
- Pour the hot chocolate into some fun mugs!
This hot chocolate is great at night because coconut fat helps with ketones that fuel the brain in the evening and while sleeping. You can also stir in some grass-fed collagen protein as a source of glycine. Glycine promotes a deep sleep as found in this study.