If you work from home like I do, sometimes you need a hot drink that’s not another k cup – like a healthy hot chocolate. And, you probably need some nutrients right about then too. Coffee can only give you so much energy and there’s always that inevitable crash. This hot drink has protein from the collagen, antioxidants from the cacao, and good fat from the coconut milk powder. This combination is sure to get you all the way through the afternoon, whether you have six zoom meetings or a report due or even if you are chasing toddlers.
There is a little bit of sugar, but if you don’t want that (or if you are keto), any sweetener will work. If you really need a caffeine boost, add a scoop of instant espresso or a teaspoon of liquid microdose coffee like Javy (affiliate link). The good fat in this should help counteract the caffeine rush. This may prevent a crash later.
This recipe will also work well for kids! Mine are not fans of cacao or plain cocoa, so I sub in some Ovaltine or regular hot chocolate powder. I also omit the extra sugar. The coconut milk powder doesn’t taste like coconut, so they don’t even know the difference. This is a great way to get some nutrition into them before bedtime if they like to ask for hot chocolate for dessert. Toss on some marshmallows if you’re feeling like a nice mom! I will also sometimes sub the collagen for a vanilla-flavored protein powder if kids are drinking this.
A quick dry hot chocolate mix to store for cold days
Cuisine Hot Drinks
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 2minutes
6tspcollagen powder, unflavored
6 tbspcacao powder
12tbspcoconut milk powder
4 tspsugar or sweeteneror to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a pint-sized mason jar, stirring thoroughly. Add roughly 4 tablespoons of the mix to a 8-10 oz of nearly-boiling hot water or milk of choice. Stir until dissolved (an immersion blender works wonders on this if you have a tall jar to blend it in).
#HealthyHotChocolate to get you through another long #workfromhome afternoon of #zoommeetings
I am a mom of two and wife to a martial arts school owner, full-time social media professional and avid cook and gardener. I love creating recipes and involving my kids in the process. The food we cook is usually dairy-free and gluten-free, and sometimes paleo, but we make exceptions (ahem, sourdough bread). The “hippie” part of this blog comes into play in the ingredients we use—I’m pretty vigilant about the health of my family and you could even call me “crunchy.” The “modern” part is that I am busy! You won’t catch me making my own nut milk or churning butter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’m more than happy to take the shortcuts provided by our lovely grocery stores and online shopping —especially in the midst of this global pandemic.