If you’ve never tried Bone Broth Hot Chocolate, you’re in for a treat! It’s a creamy, super-chocolaty twist on regular hot chocolate that’s simple to make and full of nourishing goodness. And here’s the surprise: you can’t even taste the broth – it just adds a touch of gut-friendly goodness to your favorite treat.
If there’s something you should know about me, I love adding extra nutrition to my favorite foods and drinks. Along with my Almond Milk Latte and Dirty Matcha Latte, this delicious hot chocolate recipe with bone broth is a perfect example of that. It’s a unique recipe, but trust me, it’s incredibly delicious. And perfect for the colder months.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
I can’t wait for you to try this recipe. It’s:
- Ready in under 10 minutes.
- Hassle-free and made with simple ingredients.
- Loaded with real food ingredients that help to nourish your gut.
- Even more delicious than regular hot chocolate AND contains extra nutrients.
- High in protein to help avoid a blood sugar crash.
This bone broth hot cocoa is made using regular pantry ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
- Dark Chocolate: The star of the show! It delivers that intense chocolate flavor that we all know and love in a cup of hot chocolate. It’s essential for a rich, indulgent taste. I like these Nibble Simply Madagascan Chocolate Chips that are 81% cocoa and sweetened with coconut sugar. So good!
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: For extra chocolate flavor. Avoid a hot chocolate mix, as they tend to be super-sweet.
- Bone Broth: I’m using a plain chicken bone broth that does not contain chili or garlic and has been sieved of any herbs. That way, I get a creamy, velvety texture that complements the hot chocolate without any obvious savory flavor coming through. This is hot chocolate, after all!
- Unsweetened Coconut Milk (Cartoned): Coconut milk provides a creamy and luscious texture to the hot chocolate while keeping it dairy-free and nut-free.
- Pure Maple Syrup: A little sweetness helps balance the intense chocolate flavor without overpowering it.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the chocolate flavor.
- Pinch of Sea Salt Flakes (optional): Just a pinch to bring out all the flavors.
These visual step-by-step instructions provide a quick overview of the recipe. You can find the recipe card with the complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions at the end of this post. ⇩
This deliciously nourishing bone broth hot cocoa drink is so easy to make at home. Here’s what you need to do:
STEP 1: Add the cocoa powder and four tablespoons of the coconut milk to a medium pot.
STEP 2: Whisk to combine over a low heat until smooth.
STEP 3: Add the remaining coconut milk, bone broth, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to the saucepan. Turn to medium heat and warm the hot cocoa mixture until it’s hot but not boiling.
STEP 4: Add the dark chocolate and stir until it melts.
STEP 5: If you’d like, whisk the hot chocolate with an electric milk frother (or whisk) for extra creaminess. Stir in a pinch of salt. Then, pour the hot chocolate into your favorite mug and enjoy!
Use high-quality chocolate: Opt for high quality dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content. The better the chocolate, the tastier your hot chocolate will be!
Avoiding cocoa lumps: When you’re incorporating the cocoa powder into the milk, take the time to ensure the cocoa has fully dissolved. This helps prevent any lumps and ensures your hot chocolate is as smooth as silk.
Adjust sweetness to taste: Sweetness is personal, so don’t be afraid to tweak it. Start with a little sweetener and taste test. Remember, there’s sugar already in the chocolate. Add more if you like it sweeter, stirring each time.
- Bone Broth Substitutions: If you don’t like the idea of using liquid bone broth, you can use natural bone broth powder instead.
- Milk Substitutions: You can use any milk or plant-based milk you prefer, such as almond milk, oat milk, or regular whole milk. Keep in mind that this will alter the flavor and richness of your hot chocolate.
- Dark Chocolate Substitutions: Although dark chocolate is my preference, you can use semi-sweet or milk chocolate if you prefer. Adjust the amount of sweetener accordingly, as these chocolates are often sweeter than dark chocolate.
- Cocoa Powder Substitutions: If you run out of cocoa powder, you can substitute it with raw cacao powder. I love this organic cacao powder. It tends to be more bitter in flavor, so you may need a little extra sweetness to balance it out.
- Sugar Substitutions: Any natural sugars of your choice will work here. Just a little honey, agave nectar, or coconut sugar will balance the flavors. Simply adjust the amount to suit your taste.
- Vegan Hot Chocolate: To make this recipe vegan, replace the bone broth with extra coconut milk or your favorite milk alternative. For extra protein, try adding your favorite vegan unflavored protein powder.
- Spiced Hot Chocolate: Adding a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a tiny dash of cayenne pepper for a warm and spicy twist.
- Minty Hot Chocolate: Infuse your hot chocolate with a refreshing minty flavor by adding a drop or two of natural peppermint extract.
- Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate: Swirl in a spoonful of creamy peanut butter for a nutty, indulgent twist. Add it at the same time as you melt the dark chocolate. You can also top it with chopped peanuts for some extra crunch.
- High Protein Hot Chocolate: Add a scoop of unsweetened protein powder for an extra protein boost. Hunter and Gather collagen peptides are a great way to add extra protein without affecting the flavor of the hot chocolate or adding any artificial flavors.
- Whipped cream
- Grated chocolate
- Honey marshmallows
- A dash of cinnamon
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Chopped nuts
- A drizzle of melted chocolate
- A sprinkle of shredded coconut
- Cocoa powder art
- Chocolate buttons
Below are just some of the potential health benefits of bone broth:
Gut Health: The gelatin in bone broth is known to support a healthy gut lining, potentially aiding digestion and reducing inflammation in the digestive tract. [Source]
Rich in Minerals: Bone broth is a good source of essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are important for bone health. [Source]
Supports Joint Health: Bone broth contains collagen, which is beneficial for maintaining healthy joints and may help alleviate joint pain or stiffness. [Source]
It’s important to note that while bone broth may offer these potential health benefits, a balanced and varied diet is key to overall well-being.
This bone Broth Hot Chocolate is a unique and nourishing beverage that combines the richness of hot chocolate with the health benefits of bone broth. It’s a creamy and chocolatey drink that can be enjoyed as a comforting treat.
Bone Broth Hot Chocolate primarily tastes like regular hot chocolate. Adding bone broth enhances the creaminess and nutritional value without significantly altering the chocolate flavor. You won’t taste the bone broth itself.
You can use either homemade bone broth or high-quality store-bought pasture-raised bone broth for convenience.
This recipe contains bone broth, which is unsuitable for vegetarians or vegans. However, you can make a vegan-friendly version by replacing the broth with extra plant-based milk. For added protein, you could choose to include a vegan unflavored protein powder.
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Gut-Healthy Bone Broth Hot Chocolate (Gluten-Free)
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- Small Saucepan
- Kitchen Spatula
- Electric Milk Frother, or Whisk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, gluten-free
- ¾ cup (180 milliliters) coconut milk, divided (from a carton, not a can)
- ½ cup (120 milliliters) chicken bone broth, gluten-free, sieved to remove any herbs, etc.
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 ounce (28 grams) dark chocolate chips (70% cocoa), or a dark chocolate bar chopped into small pieces
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt flakes, optional
- Prepare: Gather and prep your ingredients.
- Cocoa: Add the cocoa powder and four tablespoons of the coconut milk to a saucepan. Whisk to combine over a low heat until it's completely smooth.
- Add: Pour the remaining milk, bone broth, vanilla extract, and maple syrup into the saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and warm the hot chocolate mixture until hot but not boiling.
- Dark Chocolate: Add the dark chocolate and stir until it melts.
- Froth: If you’d like, whisk the hot chocolate with an electric milk frother (or whisk) for extra creaminess.
- Serve and enjoy! I like to add a squirt of cream (or a dollop of whipped coconut cream) to the bottom of a mug and slowly pour the hot chocolate over the top for an extra decadent treat. Stir in a pinch of salt (optional) to lift all the flavors. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
Nutrition Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. For accuracy, we recommend you calculate using the exact ingredients and brands you used.