This rich and creamy protein hot chocolate earns its name by adding an egg to the mix! The egg not only adds extra protein, but also thickness.
PUT AN EGG IN IT
Happy (almost) December!
I wanted to pop in today and share a great recipe I've been making for the past couple of weeks...protein hot chocolate!
This gem came about after I saw a recipe for 'chocolate eggnog'. Turns out that recipe was literally the fusion of prepared eggnog and chocolate sauce, but the idea got me thinking.
Adding an egg to a regular hot chocolate recipe not only gives the delicious drink a protein boost, it ALSO adds a rich and creamy texture without the need for extra sugar.
How have I never thought of this before?!
The bonus with eating protein in combination with simple carbs is that the protein helps keep blood sugar in check. It's a great way to buffer the blood sugar roller coaster so often present with eating sweets.
SOME IMPORTANT TIPS!
This recipe has two options when it comes to the liquid used: 1) Use 1 1/2 cups of your favorite milk. 2) Use 1 1/2 cups of water blended with two tablespoons of your favorite nut or seed butter. You could also do your favorite milk AND the nut butter!
Depending on which option you choose, it will add more or less protein.
I've tried this with whole milk, my Homemade Coconut Milk, water with almond butter, and water with sunbutter...my favorite is a tie between my coconut milk and the almond butter.
Though it may seem odd, add some sea salt! A little dash or two really brings out the sweetness, as well as the overall flavor.
My favorite way to sweeten this is with a combination of honey and stevia. I really think any sweetener would work, including the granulated variety, and if you don't want to use stevia, you'll probably need to up the sweetener to your taste.
I hope you enjoy this yummy, cozy treat if you try it! Let me know!
Protein Hot Chocolate
- 1 ½ cups milk or water
- 2 Tbsp nut or seed butter (only add if using water)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1-2 Tbsp honey, to taste (granulated sweetener would suffice)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- good dash sea salt
- 1 large egg
- stevia, to taste optional
- Blend the water with nut or seed butter, if not using already prepared milk.
- In a medium saucepan, whisk the egg with the honey (or other sweetener of choice), cocoa powder, and salt.
- Whisk in the milk until all is smooth.
- Place pot over medium heat and stir consistently for about 5-6 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
- Stir in the vanilla, as well as extra sweetener or stevia, to taste.
- Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, cinnamon, etcetera, and enjoy!
Try this recipe with my Homemade Lower Sugar Marshmallows!
Some of the items I use in this recipe include:
I didn't capture much of the process, as I was taking pictures solo, but here is one!
Heating the milk/cocoa mixture...