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In November of 2013, I started my blog over on Blogspot. The summer of 2014 (this year) I transferred to a self-hosted WordPress account (you can read about that journey here). In one year, we’ve made a lot of progress…and I’m hoping for many more years and much more progress! Progressing in baby steps from here to infinity, as Bjork over at Pinch of Yum likes to say.
My first recipe I ever posted to my blog was something I called “Better Than Starbucks Hot Chocolate.” It was definitely better than Starbucks to me because Starbucks spikes its hot chocolate with coffee. The nerve.
As an anniversary present, I’d like to share with you my totally tweaked, totally protein-packed, totally yum, totally light, totally creamy hot chocolate recipe. This is kind of a conglomeration of all hot chocolate recipes I’ve ever tried. I took what I liked from each, added it together, tweaked, and tweaked some more. I love it. Love it, love it, love it. In my quest for lighter snacks (a lesson I learned during my recent Fuel Cycle), I’ve been using this as a pick-me-up in the afternoon as well as a late-evening snack if I’m hungry then. It’s warm and filling.
When making this in your Ninja single-serve cup, be careful when you take the lid off – blending hot liquids causes pressure build up, so unless you take the lid off slowly (I recommend doing this over the sink), you’ll probably end up with stuff everywhere. Not cool. Scalding hot, actually.
As always, feel free to adjust everything to your personal taste. I did some troubleshooting for you in the “Notes” section of the recipe because it’s important that you have a stand-by hot chocolate recipe this winter.
You can find a cleaned-up version of this recipe (along with quite a few other hot chocolate recipes) in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ - 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/16 tsp. glucomannan
- 1½ T cocoa powder (I use Hershey's brand)
- 4 tsp. THM Gentle Sweet *or* 2 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder and 2 packets Truvia (1½ tsp.) - feel free to add more Gentle Sweet or Truvia if desired
- Hearty dash vanilla extract
- Hearty pinch salt (don't skimp as the salt really rounds out the flavors)
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 2 level T low-fat cottage cheese
- Fat-free Reddi-Whip and some sugar-free chocolate syrup for topping, optional
- Heat the water and almond milk in a mug in the microwave for 2 minutes to warm. Meanwhile, add all the other ingredients to your blending instrument of choice (I love our Ninja single-serving blender cups). Add the heated water/almond milk and blend well until everything is smooth. Drink up!
-feel free to use more unsweetened almond milk in place of the water (I just try to stay as frugal as possible)
-adjust the protein powder to your liking. Using more will give you a thicker, frothier product, but some people don't like the flavor of that much protein powder.
-if you don't have glucomannan, sub xanthan gum. If you have neither, leave it out but the drink won't be as thick and creamy.
-cocoa powder is another personal preference item. I use Hershey's, and I like 1½ T.
-as always, adjust the sweetener to your personal taste. In chocolate stuff like this, I like to use THM Gentle Sweet or a blend of sweeteners. You may wish to add more as I tend to undersweeten.
-the cottage cheese is what makes this ultra-creamy while still remaining light. If you find you can taste the cottage cheese, decrease to one tablespoon.
Be careful when blending hot liquids and vent the blender as needed to avoid a pressure buildup.
- Ninja blender – we LOVE our single-serving blender cups
- Whey Protein Powder – makes this hot drink into a filling snack!
- Glucomannan – gluc makes this stuff ultra thick and creamy
- Hershey Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- THM Gentle Sweet does an admirable job of sweetening chocolate stuff without being bitter. You can purchase it and pure stevia extract powder from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.
- Truvia – I like to pair the straight stevia with some Truvia for a more balanced flavor
- McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
- LouAna Pure Coconut Oil – I use refined coconut oil because a) it’s cheaper and b) it doesn’t taste coconutty.
- Hershey Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup – this is sweetened mostly with erythritol!