Hot chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! I love hot chocolate. It’s easily the only good thing about winter (well besides electric blankets, boots, and scarves). As the weather began to change, I realized I needed to figure out something I could have in place of my morning smoothies. I held out as long as I could! Drinking a cold smoothie on a cold morning is the work of the devil. I lasted all of a week before I finally admitted it was too cold. 40 degrees appears to be my threshold (I’m a Georgia girl living in Michigan). I needed something warm! Something warm and tasty! Something warm and tasty that wasn’t full of sugary goodness. I was initially worried about the amount of sugar in the recipe. After all, I spent the month of April weening myself off excessive amounts of sugar in my tea. I wasn’t going back. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME! Turns out it was less than half the sugar in my smoothies!
After a lot of thinking, it hit me! Why don’t I just add protein powder to your cocoa powder and almond milk? That would make it a meal! A glorious meal! You’re a genius! I know!
It took a few days of trial and error but PRAISE GOD! I GOT HOT CHOCOLATE OWN DECK! And it’s healthy! This calls for one of my favorite ratchet songs!
- Pour almond milk, water, soy protein, and cocoa powder into a martini shaker (yes).
- Shake it. Shake it like Uncle Luke is standing in your kitchen playing all his classics
- Pour through strainer into a saucepan or small pot (I have one with a spout).
- Heat until just warm. Remove from heat.
- Pour into thermos or mug. Add honey and stir.
- Mmmmmmmmm! Hot chocolate!
Via MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator: 240 Calories, 26g Carbs, 5g Fat, 16g Protein, 2g Fiber, 20g Sugar
You can also whisk in the honey while it’s still in the pan/pot. Both worked for me! I tried whisking it all together once the milk was heated. The problem is that as it cooled down, the soy protein powder would separate and sink to the bottom. This didn’t happen when I used the shaker. Enjoy!