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:
organic 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.
Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials
I get my other kitchen pantry supplies like sea salt, black pepper, spices, coconut oil, and other essentials either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Bob’s Red Mill baking soda, for instance, is about $3 at my local health food store and $6 on Amazon. But it’s only $2.03 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.
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- 2 cups raw or organic whole milk
- 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin collagen hydrolysate (optional)
- 12 oz. can organic coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsp organic sugar
- 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.
p.s. Looking for tips to transition to a real food or healthy gluten-free lifestyle? Check out my free Real Food Guide email course and e-book.
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