Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Protein
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1
A special treat for a cold day, but it also holds up well as a dessert! Low in sugar, dairy-free, and with the addition of collagen protein it sneaks in some nutrients as well. I've found that because of the protein and rich coconut milk, this drink is very satisfying and filling.
  • 1½ cups coconut milk or almond milk (I use half of each)
  • 2 Tbl cocoa or cacao powder, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbl maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 Tbl collagen protein (gelatin would work too)
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen raspberries, optional
  1. Heat milks over low heat until steaming but don't boil.
  2. Sprinkle in cocoa powder and whisk to incorporate.
  3. Add maple syrup, cinnamon and salt, whisk to blend.
  4. Gently sprinkle collagen protein into hot chocolate, whisking while you sprinkle to avoid clumps. Don't dump it all in at once.
  5. Note: if using gelatin, sprinkle gelatin onto a small amount of coconut or almond milk kept separate from the rest of the mixture- allow this to "bloom" for a 2 minutes before heating. Then incorporate into hot chocolate mixture.
  6. If you want to add raspberries for some extra fun flavor, do so at the end, whisk briskly to break up the berries. There will still be some chinks but it's yummy that way!
  7. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.
Recipe by Grace Brinton at