Friday, February 12, 2016

Nutrient Dense Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate.

Indulgent and creamy it is the perfect drink for these chilly mornings.

But, please don't reach for a packet. You know the ones. You can do better and it only takes a couple more minutes to make it from scratch. Plus, with the addition of a few special ingredients, this hot chocolate packs a nutrient dense punch.

Cocoa, milk, and sugar are the base ingredients for this recipe. We will also add an egg yolk, coconut oil, and gelatin.

Lets take a quick look at the benefits of these ingredients.

  • Egg yolks contain the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K as well as carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. They also contain calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. 
  • Coconut oil has antioxidant properties and it helps in the absorption of other minerals. It is a wonderful source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) and contains lauric acid that converts into a substance called monolaurin. Monolaurin has been shown to be helpful in increasing immunity and fighting viruses and disease.
  • Gelatin is healing to the gut, improves the elasticity of skin, and may help those with arthritis and joint pain. 

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This recipe will make a rich hot chocolate that isn't too sweet. I hope you enjoy!

  • 8-12 fl oz of milk depending on the size of your mug (I prefer whole raw milk)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (sugar, maple syrup, honey, etc)
  • a pinch of sea salt (affiliate link)
  • one egg yolk (Preferably from pasture raised hens)
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin from grass-fed cows (affiliate link)
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined coconut oil (affiliate link)
  • a couple drops of vanilla extract (use these (affiliate link) to make your own)
Combine all ingredients into a small to medium sized pot. Let sit for a minute to allow the gelatin to bloom. Turn on heat to medium and stir with a whisk constantly. When the milk is steaming, pour into your favorite mug and ENJOY!

P.S. This post is linked up with From The Farm HopAwesome Life Fridays, Simply Natural Saturdays.


  1. Looks great! thanks for linking up to Simply Natural Saturdays!

  2. Do you think this hot chocolate would still taste good if you swapped out some of the animal products for vegan options?

    1. I have used coconut milk with success. You can leave out the egg and gelatin and it would still be delicious!