Ok, I am super excited about this recipe. It is a simple one yes, but it just tastes SO SO delicious. This hot chocolate is creamy, smooth, thick, warms you from the inside out and also; it is good for your gut. This chocolate-y drink is filled with raw cacao, a mix between canned coconut milk and almond milk, collagen, and just a few other things.
I used canned coconut milk because it provides not only healthy fats, but it makes the drink extra creamy and thick. This recipe can be completely adaptable to your preference as well; extra spices, less or more sweetener, coconut milk or water instead of almond milk etc!
A few things that make this drink so good for you gut:
First, I used my usual Marine Collagen from Vital Proteins. Not only has this improved the strength of my hair, the “plumpness” of my skin, but it has also helped tremendously with restoring my problematic gut health. As you know, I have suffered from leaky gut, SIBO, and many digestive issues and I truly feel that the Marine Collagen has helped restore the my gut lining, making it easier for me to properly digest food and overall just feel better (less bloat!). I love that it also adds in about 9 grams of protein into the drink (or anything you are consuming), it is tasteless, and you can mix it in just about anything- raw, baked, hot or cold!
If you are unsure as to where to start, you can also search “vital proteins” on my blog and see the different variety of recipes that I have; from sweet to savory! Here’s a few:
Just look how good that looks?
I also added in;
Canned Coconut Milk
Coconut oil (or butter)
Cinnamon; helps stabilize your blood sugar levels, adds in a touch of sweetness, it is anti-inflammatory and helps with blood circulation.
Coconut; provides your body with healthy fats, anti-bacterial, helps keep you fuller for longer reducing your hunger, and can help improve bacteria and gut health by destroying harmful bacteria and things like candida.
Turmeric; we should all know the benefits of this by now, but it can help detoxify your live, anti-inflammatory, and can help with your stomach lining.
Ginger; I love ginger to help ease any stomach discomfort, pain, and digestion.
Raw Cacao; (no sugar!) antioxidants, can help increase your energy/mood, help with PMS symptoms, filled with magnesium, and more!
Raw Honey; antibacterial, a good source of antioxidants, and can help soothe digestive issues!
This is just to name a few of what each add in can do for you, but there are benefits beyond this!
For this recipe, I did only use 1/2 cup of canned coconut milk. So, you will have some left over but it is worth buying! If you are unsure as to what to do with the remaining coconut milk, you can store it in the fridge and use it the next day to make another drink. It will last up to 5 days in the fridge! I also have a recipe on my blog for a sweet potato coconut curry which you can use it for.
You can freeze the canned coconut milk in ice cube trays and add them into your smoothies.
I LOVE adding canned coconut milk into rice. Cook the rice as you normally would with about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup canned coconut milk. It will be slightly sweeter and creamier.
Add it to your oatmeal or chia bowls
Homemade soups or stews
It is really endless. You will not have to waste it!
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5-10 minutes (can let it simmer for longer!)
Total time: less than 12 minutes
1/2 cup canned coconut milk (I used full fat, but can use light)
1 cup almond milk or any milk of choice
1 scoop Vital Proteins Marine Collagen (or 1 packet)
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 tbsp. coconut oil or coconut butter
1-2 tsp. raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
Dash of turmeric (optional)
Dash of ginger (optional)
In a small saucepan, add the above ingredients. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
Once it is to your temperature preference, pour!
Top with cinnamon, chocolate shavings, or raw cacao powder.