As the winter season approaches, I am craving all the warm and delicious beverages. Hot chocolate was one of my favorites as a kid, and honestly it still is now. BUT the problem is that those little hot chocolate packs we all remember are loaded with sugar and tasty little marshmallows made of artificial junk. Well, I’ve got a new and improved hot chocolate recipe for you for you that’s going to knock your socks off. Meet Healthy & Nourishing Bone Broth Hot Chocolate. This unexpected combination joins the rich, velvety goodness of hot chocolate with the wholesome nourishment of bone broth. Trust me, it’s bomb.
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The Problem with Traditional Hot Chocolate Mix
Like any packaged and processed food item, hot chocolate mix simply has too many added ingredients that aren’t really necessary. Take a look at the ingredients in Swiss Miss hot chocolate:
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Marshmallows (Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Gelatin, Natural Flavor), Less than 2% Of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Natural Flavor. CONTAINS: MILK.
This bone broth hot chocolate recipe has only 6 real food ingredients. To top it off, you can mix it together in just a few minutes!
Why Should I Put Bone Broth in My Hot Chocolate?
Fair question. And this is exactly the question my husband asked me the first time I made it. Sure, you don’t HAVE TO, but there are a few reasons that you should at least try it. Bone broth has tons of benefits, and is incredibly nutrient dense. And don’t worry, this recipe doesn’t taste like broth. The bone broth adds depth and richness to the hot chocolate that is simply amazing.
What is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a nutrient-rich liquid made by simmering animal bones, typically along with vegetables, herbs, and spices, for an extended period. This slow cooking process allows the bones to release various compounds, such as collagen, gelatin, amino acids, and minerals, into the broth. The result is a flavorful and nutrient-dense liquid that has loads of health benefits. Learn how to make your own bone broth.
Bone Broth Benefits:
- Rich in Collagen and Gelatin: Collagen is a structural protein found in connective tissues, skin, and bones. As bones simmer, collagen is released into the broth. When the broth cools, it often forms a gelatinous texture, which is a sign of a high collagen content. Collagen supports joint health, skin elasticity, and hair and nail growth.
- Amino Acids:Bone broth contains various amino acids, including proline and glycine. These amino acids are important for overall health, contributing to processes like protein synthesis, immune function, and energy production.
- Minerals:The simmering process extracts minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, from the bones. These minerals play a crucial role in bone health, nerve function, and other physiological processes.
- Digestive Health:The gelatin in bone broth may help soothe and support the digestive system. Gelatin promotes the integrity of the gut lining and assists in the digestion of nutrients.
- Immune Support:The amino acids in bone broth, particularly glycine, have been suggested to have immune-supporting properties. A well-functioning immune system is essential for overall health and disease prevention.
Ingredients for Healthy, Nourishing Bone Broth Hot Chocolate
Bone broth hot chocolate requires only 6 simple ingredients. You will need:
My milk of choice is always raw milk, but you could use any milk that you like to drink. Whole milk will make your drink much more rich. Coconut milk would also be delicious, or to make this recipe extra decadent add some cream.
While this ingredient isn’t completely necessary, it adds some additional protein to this nourishing drink. I like to use a chocolate collagen protein powder that I get from Thrive Market.
Delicious rich chocolate flavor is always best when it’s in the original form. Shoot for a high quality or organic cacao if you can.
No high fructose corn syrup in this recipe. Maple syrup is sweetener straight from the earth, and it is delicious in bone broth hot chocolate. The best option here is pure maple syrup (real maple syrup).
Just a dash will add even more flavor to your cup of hot chocolate.
Healthy & Nourishing Bone Broth Hot Chocolate Recipe
With just a few quick steps, you will be sipping on a delicious cup of hot chocolate in no time.
Ingredients for bone broth hot chocolate:
- 1/2 cup of bone broth
- 1 cup of milk
- 1-2 TB cacao powder
- 1 scoop chocolate collagen
- 2 TB maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
How to make nourishing bone broth hot chocolate
- In a small saucepan over low heat, combine all ingredients.
- Whisk the hot chocolate until it is heated to your liking, and everything is dissolved
- Remove from heat, and pour into mugs
- Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Tips for Homemade Bone Broth Hot Chocolate
If you use your own homemade bone broth, you will probably want more cocoa powder (2 Tb +). Homemade bone broth is much more rich!
Topping Ideas for Homemade Bone Broth Hot Chocolate
Toppings really seal the deal for me. My absolute favorite topping are these homemade marshmallows, or you could use homemade whipped cream, cinnamon, sea salt, or dark chocolate shavings.
Healthy & Nourishing Bone Broth Hot Chocolate
- 1 Medium saucepan
- 1 Whisk
- 1 Set of measuring spoons
- 1 Liquid measuring cup
- 1 Cup Milk I love raw milk for this, but use whatever milk you drink
- 1/2 Cup Bone Broth homemade is best, or try a high quality store-bought broth
- 1-2 Tb Cocoa Powder
- 1 Scoop Collagen Chocolate is my favorite, but plain or vanilla would also work
- 1/4 Tsp Vanilla extract
- 2 Tb Real maple syrup
- In a saucepan over medium/low heat, combine all ingredients
- Whisk constantly until everything is dissolved and heated to your liking
- Remove from heat, and pour into a mug
- Add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
Have you tried this recipe? I’d love it if you gave it a review and let me know what you think.