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.


3 comments:

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

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

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

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