Briana Thomas

briana-thomas.com · Mar 23, 2015

5 Ingredient Hot Chocolate

Exciting news, folks! There’s something new coming to my blog this week!

A little while ago, Trim Healthy Mama graciously shared one of my more “involved”, special-occasion recipes on their Facebook page. Unfortunately, most of the comments it received had to do with the length of the ingredients list. What can one do with criticism other than learn from it? Therefore, I decided to post a bunch of my favorite 5- (or fewer) ingredient recipes this week. This week I’m doing snacks and drinks, next week I’ll post two “normal” recipes, and the week after that I’m going to be posting some 5-ingredient meal and dessert recipes. Sound fun? I hope so, because I’m doing this for you guys. OK, OK, so I had fun too… I’ll be posting 5 new 5-ingredient recipes this week, and Saturday I’ll be doing a round-up post of these new recipes, some 5-ingredient snack and drink recipes I’ve posted previously, as well as some easy recipes I got from my blogging buddies. Stay tuned, and be sure to sign up for e-mail updates, like my Facebook page, and/or follow me on Pinterest so you can keep up with the action!

This is the third hot chocolate recipe on my website. How is this one different from the others? Well, this one doesn’t involve a blender or cottage cheese, it only takes 5 simple ingredients, and only takes about 3 minutes to make – cooking time included.

Unlike my Fuel Pull hot chocolate recipe, this hot chocolate is an S for Trim Healthy Mamas (you can find out more about this low-glycemic eating lifestyle here). It doesn’t include protein like the other recipe, but you could easily add some protein powder if you like so you can use this as a snack. I’m not a big fan of the taste of protein powder, so I’d rather just grab a spoonful of cottage cheese on the side, but whatever floats your boat…

Sometimes I like to add a half scoop of protein powder and some glucomannan to turn this into a more filling nighttime snack (I often leave off the cream if I do that a) so it’s Fuel Pull, and b) because the protein powder helps creamify the drink).

This recipe is super-simple, but you can jazz it up as much as you like. Feel free to add protein powder (to fill you up more), glucomannan or xanthan gum (to thicken it a bit), and even flavorings. I bet a few drops of Chocolate Hazelnut flavor oil would be great in this.

Stay tuned for a 5 ingredient white chocolate drink coming up soon!

Want to see other 5 ingredient recipes? Click here (more recipes coming soon!).

Question of the day: do you drink hot chocolate in seasons other than winter?

5 Ingredient Hot Chocolate
Author: Briana Thomas
Serves: 1 serving Print
Low-carb, Sugar-free, THM:S, Gluten free, Egg free (adding certain brands of protein powder could change this), Peanut free
Ingredients
  • Unsweetened almond milk (enough to fill a standard coffee mug...maybe 12 oz. or so?)
  • 1-2 T heavy whipping cream
  • Flat T cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 2-4 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (a doonk is 1/32 tsp.)
  • Optional add-ins: protein powder, glucomannan (to thicken), flavorings of choice

Instructions
  1. I've found that the easiest way to do this is to put a little almond milk, the cream, cocoa, and salt in a coffee mug and whisk it together until smooth. Add more almond milk (sometimes I use some water as well because I'm frugal, but the hot chocolate isn't as creamy) to the top and microwave for about 2 minutes or a little less. You could also heat this over the stove if you have an aversion to microwaves. Whisking the whipping cream gives you a frothy end result. Add the sweetener *after* cooking (the sweetness will dissipate if you add it before-hand). I suggest starting with 2 doonks of THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder, tasting, and increasing until you're satisfied. Don't skimp on the salt: it helps round out the sweetness.

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I use Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder in this recipe, as well as THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder to sweeten (you can find the sweetener at Trim Healthy Mama’s online store).

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