Who needs boring hot chocolate when you can have Spicy "Hot" Chocolate? It's spicy from a touch of cayenne, is choc full of healthy ingredients, is low calorie, tastes yummy and will warm your tummy with or without a roaring fire.
Get in the Winter Mood with Spicy "Hot" Chocolate
Winter is my least favorite season of the year. I spend quite a bit of time during cold winter months reminding myself of all the good things about winter. For instance, sipping healthy hot chocolate in front of a fireplace while cuddled in my favorite blanket. 🙂
All the easy boxed hot chocolate packs are out because they either have sugar or a nasty sugar substitute. So, I make my hot chocolate from scratch. I've tried quite a few hot chocolate recipes over the years. I bet you have, too.
I like to add a little cayenne to my chocolate to help rev my metabolism, then I toss in cinnamon, too. Both are great metabolism boosters. Plus, they make the hot chocolate taste even more scrumptious.
When to Drink Spicy "Hot" Chocolate?
You can drink this hot chocolate any time of day, as many times as you'd like. It's low calorie, a good source of protein, and full of healthy ingredients. It just tastes fattening, which is the best type of healthy food.
I especially like it in the evening on a cold winter's night in place of a fattening snack (in front of our roaring electric fireplace).
Breakdown of Carbs, Fat & Protein
If you watch your carb, protein and / or fat count, then you'll like this recipe. It has a net of 4.3g of carbs per huge serving, a healthy 11.1g of protein, and 8 grams of healthy fat.
Also, if you follow the Thin Healthy Mama eating plan, then the only time you need to be concerned about drinking this Spicy "Hot" Chocolate is when you're having it after an E meal or snack. This recipe per huge single serving at 8 grams is already pushing the amount of fat for an E setting. Hooray!
This could easily be three regular servings if you want to further reduce the fat. In that case, it would only be 2.67g fat. I recommend if you're going to have a regular serving instead of a huge serving, then you add an additional tablespoon of whey protein powder to the recipe to keep the protein amount the same.
Finally, if you're eating keto, then you can always add a little cream, additional coconut oil or MCT oil to increase the fat content. This drink can easily be a fat bomb if you add enough additional fat.
Additional fat isn't required for taste, but sometimes it's difficult to get enough fat in on keto. This drink is also terrific for keto since it's so low in carbs.
You Put What in Your Hot Chocolate?
Actually, the cayenne and cinnamon are the more common ingredients in this hot chocolate recipe. Thin Healthy Mama's Cuddle Family Hot Chocolate from their Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes was my starting point. As usual, I made a great many changes, but you can still see the THM bones.
You'll notice some strange ingredients in this recipe, but okra and sunflower lecithin are pretty ordinary ingredients for THMers. Then, I've added a few strange ingredients of my own like cayenne and chia seed. However, most people who see those ingredients on a recipe for hot chocolate are going to say..."Wait, you put what in your hot chocolate?"
I guarantee, you won't be able to taste the chia seed, okra or sunflower lecithin. Cayenne gives a nice little warmth, but you can leave it out if you can't handle spicy heat.
I'll be the first to admit this recipe takes courage to try. It's different, but it's so worth it.
I've taste tested this recipe with my very own very picky eater, Beck. His usual response to getting to taste test a healthy recipe version is, "Oh no, not another healthy recipe!" Then I beg him to try it, and he reluctantly agrees. Beck's response to his first taste of Spicy "Hot" Chocolate was "Wow, this is really good! Can we have it every night?"
Those strange ingredients tremendously increase the nutritional value of the hot chocolate, and I encourage you to try this recipe as written. Hats off to Pearl and Serene for courageously adding unusual healthy ingredients to their original recipe. You can always keep the "weird" ingredients, our little secret 🙂
Use Top of the Line Ingredients for the Best Flavor
I use OMG! Organic Cacao Powder in my Spicy "Hot" Chocolate because I want both the fabulous flavor and health benefits of raw unprocessed cocoa. Yeah, this recipe could be called Spicy "Hot" Cacao, but I figured more people would resonate with hot chocolate 🙂
Another ingredient that makes a subtle difference is the butter. I use grass-fed organic butter. If you're vegan, I recommend to sub out the butter with butter flavored coconut oil. I prefer the Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil with Non-Dairy Butter Flavor.
The original recipe calls for Just Gelatin, which is the THM brand, and is made from cows. I've substituted Grass Fed Whey from Nuts.com and a little glucomannan for a vegetarian Spicy "Hot" Chocolate. (Need vegan? See below.)
I recommend a protein powder because this hot chocolate can then serve as a good snack in the evening to keep away the hungries. I'm a powerful evening snacker if I don't have a good dose of fat and/or protein in the evening for a snack.
To sweeten the hot chocolate, I use monk fruit powder. I rave about monk fruit powder in the post "For the Love of Sugar: Addiction and Natural Substitutes". Short version: Use monk fruit powder as your natural sweetener, it's the healthiest natural sweetener available.
If you don't have monk fruit powder, then you can substitute whatever sweetener you have on hand and prefer. The monk fruit is added to taste, since it tastes less sweet over time. Just add an alternative sweetener to taste if not using monk fruit.
I get my monk fruit powder and whey from Nuts.com. Their whey powder is from grass fed and is reasonably priced.
How to Make Spicy "Hot" Chocolate Vegan
It's easy to make this recipe vegan. Just use coconut oil in place of butter and leave out the whey. You're leaving out the protein when you do so. If you have a vegan protein powder you like that doesn't have a strong flavor, then you can use it in place of the whey.
I don't have a recommendation for vegan protein powders because I can't use most of the ones I've seen. Peas are a top ingredient of most vegan protein powders, and I can't have that quantity of peas because of lactic acid buildup caused by peas.
Everything I've tried that doesn't have peas has too strong a flavor to hide in something as bland as hot chocolate, even this Spicy "Hot" Chocolate.
Optional Add-In: Whipped Cream
If you just can't imagine drinking hot chocolate (or cacao) without marshmallows or whipped cream, then go ahead and put a small squirt of whipped cream on it.
This hot chocolate is already low carb and low fat, so a little squirt of whipped cream won't hurt. Organic is better if you can find it as toxins concentrate in fat. I usually can't find organic in the foothills of Eastern Tennessee.
Spicy "Hot" Chocolate
- Small pot
- 2 c Filtered water
- 1/2 c Frozen okra
- 1 tsp chia seed
- 2 c Unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp Sunflower Lecithin
- 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Whey powder
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Coconut oil or butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 4 tbsp Raw cacao powder
- Monk fruit powder to taste
- Cayenne powder to taste
- Heat the two cups of filtered water to just boiling
- Add to blender. Add in okra and chia seed. Blend until totally smooth.
- Add all other ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to small pot and heat until hot but not boiling. Boiling will destroy the vitamins and antioxidants.
- Transfer to cups and enjoy while hot.
- You can leave out the okra and add an additional teaspoon of chia seed. This will increase the fat a little.
- Be sure to blend the okra and chia seed first in water. It's easier to get the mixture smooth that way.
- Monk fruit powder and cayenne are to taste because the amount will vary significantly based on your perception of sweetness and desire for heat.
- You can substitute cocoa powder for the raw cacao powder. Based on the type of cocoa / cacao powder used, amount required will vary. I used OMG! Cacao Powder. If you use a different brand, begin with 3 tbsp and go to 4 tbsp if required.
Nutrition*: Total Fat: 8g, Total Carbohydrates: 10.7g, Dietary Fiber: 6.4g, Protein: 11.1g
*For single serving with ingredients as listed.