Rich and creamy date-sweetened collagen hot chocolate! It’s dairy-free, packed with protein from collagen, and sweetened only with Medjool dates. This healthy hot chocolate is the perfect way to get your chocolate fix, especially during the cold winter months.Is there anything better than cozying up with a steaming hot cup of creamy hot chocolate during winter? This hot chocolate hits the spot whenever you’re craving a warm, cozy drink. It makes the perfect nightcap or afternoon-pick-me. Not to mention, it’s healthy!
Date-Sweetened Collagen Hot Chocolate
This isn’t your traditional hot chocolate recipe. But I have a feeling it’s going to be your new go-to! This hot chocolate is dairy-free, naturally sweetened and packs a protein punch. This simple recipe combines cashew milk, Medjool dates, raw cacao powder, and collagen peptides to create a creamy, decadent-tasting beverage that won’t drastically spike your blood sugar. It’s everything you want in a hot chocolate but without the unwanted sugar crash.
The Medjool dates and collagen peptides are key! These ingredients make this hot chocolate unique and healthy. The dates provide natural sweetness without added refined sugar and the collagen peptides add 9 grams of protein. If you’re not familiar with collagen peptides, I highly recommend this post!
Nourished by Nutrition Facts:
Dates are nature‘s candy. Yes, they’re high in sugar, but it’s natural sugar. This is very different from added sugars that have no nutritional value. Dates contain sugar but they’re packaged with other nutrients that help stabilize blood sugar and provide a nutrition boost. Medjool dates are a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, B6, and calcium.
I recommend using Medjool dates or date syrup as your go-to sweetener of choice when possible. You can also satisfy a sugar craving with a date or two. I find these peanut butter stuffed dates always hit the spot!
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Think of it as the “glue” that holds your body together. As we age, collagen in the body begins to deteriorate and production slows. This process starts in the late 20s early 30s and is most noticeable in our skin as fine lines and wrinkles. As we produce less collagen, other noticeable issues include brittle hair and nails, digestion issues, more pronounced cellulite, and joint pain.
While collagen is not a plant-based based food, it is a source of protein that can easily be added to the diet and is tolerated well by most. Research is promising with benefits including decreasing fine lines and wrinkles, supporting joint and bone health, healing the gut and supporting healthy hair and nails.
To get the full rundown of collagen and its benefits, check out the Ultimate Guide to Collagen.
Cacao powder is the part of the cocoa beans that remains after cocoa butter is extracted at a low temperature. This is what gives chocolate its bitter taste. It’s also what gives chocolate it’s health benefits.
Cacao is packed with antioxidants, most notably flavonoids and polyphenols. These compounds help fight your free radicals that contribute to inflammation, aging, and other diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Cacao is also high in magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and copper. These are essential minerals that the body needs to function optimally.
IF YOU LOVE THIS Date-Sweetened Collagen Hot Chocolate, YOU’LL ALSO ENJOY THESE RECIPES:
Date-Sweetened Collagen Hot Chocolate
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1/2 cup cashew milk
1/2 cup filtered water
2 teaspoons cacao powder
1 medjool date, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 scoop collagen peptides
Combine the water and cashew milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Add the warm liquid to a vented blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high until frothy, about 1 minutes. Enjoy!
If your blender isn’t vented or doesn’t handle heat, blend the ingredients first then transfer to a saucepan to warm on the stove.