By Contributing Writer, Tim Boston
The health benefits of bone broth are astounding, and it is surprisingly simple and affordable to make your own. Check out this previous blog post for more information about making bone broth or this one for making a perpetual bone broth with this simple method. We might know how beneficial bone broth can be, but finding a consistent way to add it into our family’s diet is a different story. There are numerous ways to include it in what you eat – use it to make soup, rice, beans, or even just drink it straight with some sea salt. Today, I want to share with you my favorite way to get that nutrient dense bone broth into my diet (and also the easiest way to get children to eat it) – hot chocolate!
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? If you were to look at your local grocery store, you would find tons of hot chocolate mixes and packets full of sugar, food dyes, and plenty of other ingredients you would rather avoid. But, rather than drinking something that has potentially negative effects on your health, wouldn’t you love to be serving your family an even more delicious treat that is loaded with nutrition? This bone broth hot chocolate recipe delivers big time on flavor and on nutrition.
Obviously, the key ingredient in hot chocolate is the chocolate. To give this hot chocolate an even bigger nutritional boost, I make it with Earthley’s Cocoa Calm. I love Cocoa Calm for a couple of reasons.
1.Cocoa Calm is made with non-alkalized cocoa powder.
- This process results in a cocoa powder with up to 3x the amount of antioxidants. Check out this study about how the alkalization process negatively affects cocoa.
2.Cocoa Calm contains 3 adaptogenic herbs – ashwagandha, rhodiola, and eleuthero.
3.It is absolutely delicious and kids will agree!
You want to start with a bland chicken bone broth. Do not add 40 cloves of garlic to your bone broth, unless you love chocolatey garlic. So, forgo the aromatics when you make the broth. You can also use a powder version of bone broth if you prefer.
If you want an even richer hot chocolate, you can use a mixture of heavy cream (¼ cup) and milk (½ cup). As always, feel free to substitute your favorite sweetener, but maple syrup works extremely well in this recipe. If you don’t have Cocoa Calm on hand, you can simply substitute your favorite cocoa powder.
Bone Broth Hot Chocolate
Makes about 1 pint
- ½ cup of chicken bone broth
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 2 T of maple syrup
- 1-2 T of Cocoa Calm
- Splash of vanilla
- Pinch of sea salt
*You can also add a scoop of collagen for even more nutritional value. Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream and/or a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon for a truly luxurious treat.
Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a pan.
Step 2: Bring pan to a simmer, stirring occasionally until completely combined.
Step 3: Pour (carefully) into a mug and enjoy!
Watch the video of how to make it below:
Recipe Collection: Bone Broth Hot Chocolate
- 1/2 Cup Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1-2 Tbsp Cocoa Calm
- Splash of Vanilla
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a pan.
- Step 2: Bring pan to a simmer, stirring occasionally until completely combined.
- Step 3: Pour (carefully) into a mug and enjoy!