Homemade Hot Chocolate: You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Marshmallows

Written by Cristina Powell, PN1, ME-3, CMS

homemade hot chocolate recipe

Anyone can make a cup of hot cocoa from a packet, but did you know that everyone can make a delicious cup of homemade hot chocolate from scratch? It’s true, and while I may be a little partial, this is the best homemade hot chocolate recipe you’ll ever try. Ever.

Even better, I bet you already have all the ingredients you need for this hot chocolate recipe right in your kitchen pantry.

Fun fact #1: You may have heard that the darker the chocolate, the greater the health benefits—improved heart health, better cholesterol levels, improved insulin sensitivity, better brain function, better skin health, lower stress levels, decreased cortisol, and more. Do you know why that’s the case? The laundry list of benefits associated with dark chocolate is largely due to the antioxidants (e.g., flavanols, polyphenols) from cocoa, and the darker the chocolate, the higher the cocoa content. In this recipe, we use pure cocoa, which provides you all the health benefits with far fewer calories and more chocolatey flavor.

Fun fact #2: Cocoa contains a compound called theobromine, which is structurally similar to caffeine. Theobromine possesses mild stimulant qualities, increases feelings of wellbeing, and boosts alertness. Also, theobromine has the potential to decrease fat storage while increasing fat burning. Burn more fat and store less…how does that sound?

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a gift from above. Not only will this delicious homemade hot chocolate mix combat cravings guilt-free, it can also boost the way you look, feel, and perform.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops BioTrust Low Carb (Milk Chocolate flavor)
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (feel free to substitute any milk you prefer)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • Stevia, to taste (This is optional, and you can use another sweetener if you prefer.)



Directions:

  1. Heat the almond milk (or milk of choice) and water in a saucepan over low to medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
  2. Add in BioTrust Low Carb, cocoa powder, and sweetener (if using), whisk gently until combined.
  3. Serve hot.

Nutrition Info (per serving):

  • Calories: 184
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 10g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 25g

This recipe yields 2 servings.

So, what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch and indulge in this healthy, protein-packed version of your childhood favorite knowing that you’re doing your health and body a favor; I guarantee you will love it. Also, please feel free to share your comments or questions below. Help us get America healthy!

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