Kids love to drink hot cocoa, but have you ever checked out the ingredients on a packet of store-bought, pre-packaged hot chocolate? It’s full of artificial ingredients, sugar substitute and other harmful chemicals.
Here’s the ingredient list for a packet of Nestle hot chocolate:
Sugar, corn syrup solids, dairy product solids (from milk) cocoa processed with alkali, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated coconut or palm kernel and hydrogenated soybean), and less than 2% of sodium caseinate, cellulose gum, salt, sodium citrate, guar gum, artificial flavor, mono- and diglycerides, sucralose.
Plus, why drink a chemically-laden hot chocolate when you can make your own with just FOUR INGREDIENTS. Really.
Hot cocoa is SO easy to make yourself. And, you can add grass-fed gelatin collagen hydrolysate to get a boost of protein, amino acids and other nutrients. There’s no taste, so the kids won’t even know it’s in the hot cocoa. Unlike regular gelatin, this version does not congeal and mixes well in drinks.
I even have an optional recipe for a coconut whipped cream you can add to make it even more delicious.
- 2 cups raw or organic whole milk
- 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
- 1-2 tbsp organic sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin collagen hydrolysate (optional)
Coconut Whipped Cream
- 12 oz. can organic coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsp organic sugar
- Hand mixer (I like this one)
- Medium mixing bowl (I like this one)
- Stainless steel sauce pan (I like this one)
- In a small saucepan, heat all ingredients for hot chocolate over medium heat. Whisk thoroughly as milk warms up. Set hot chocolate aside.
- Open can of coconut milk. Drain coconut water and save for later. Transfer coconut cream to a large bowl and add vanilla extract and sugar. Use a hand mixer to whip coconut cream to desired consistency.
- Serve in mugs and top with coconut whipped cream.
Makes 2 servings.PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.