This healthy DIY High Protein Hot Chocolate Mix uses just three ingredients and takes seconds to whip up! It’s warm, comforting and uses either water or milk of choice to create a delicious hot cocoa! It’s suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo, low carb, sugar free, dairy free and grain free lifestyle!
I sometimes feel like taking back some of my intentions stated on this blog…namely creating bodybuilder/fitness competitor recipes for my mate, Luke.
What I thought would be a fun little project has turned into something a little more complicated.
Because Luke is based in Australia, the way macronutrients are calculated (kilojoules) are different to what the majority of other countries use (calories). Over the last couple of weeks, I’ll be peppering my good pal and epic RD, Alexis, with a plethora of questions regarding this. A big reason for this is that the majority of my readers follow the ‘calorie’ format over the kilojoule format. Myself, even though I grew up in Australia, I never used the kilojoule method of calculation.
…because the kilojoule method was too confusing.
Something interesting we’ve found in the process is how things are calculated, based on macronutrients. Without going into too much detail (mainly because I’m still confused by it all), some things, like fiber, are counted differently in foods/recipes. For example, a snack bar that Luke eats regularly here is around 210 calories,but the exact same bar in America is labeled as 155 calories.
Same ingredients, same packaging, same size….just differing macros.
Not only that but the carbohydrate counts are different on both packages too (which explains the caloric differences…I guess?) but I’ll let Luke explain that in an upcoming post. I seriously have a headache just thinking about it.
So fat, so sorry.
For the second recipe in the ‘let’s make Luke’s road to competition glory diet easier’ initiative, we’re giving his favorite hot beverage a cheeky healthy makeover…with a bonus protein-packed hack to it.
Luke is one of the few people who doesn’t enjoy drinking coffee, which is a shame seeing as his girlfriend’s favorite brunch spot is Seven Seeds, a cafe infamous for their superior coffee (just an FYI, his girlfriend, Kat, is the best dining companion ever. She literally eats ANYTHING). In the last post, I mentioned how we’d get coffees and muffins before our lecture, but the coffee was on my part. He went the hot chocolate route.
There is something comforting about enjoying a classic hot chocolate, filled with creamy milk, marshmallows and the sugary cocoa powder on top. However, when you’re prepping for a fitness competition, these may take up a few precious macros, especially coming up to the final weeks. In this instance, I’ve made an easy, simple healthy hot chocolate mix packed with protein!
This healthy homemade hot chocolate mix is packed with protein and needs just three simple ingredients! It’s your answer for a daily chocolate-y, warming and comforting drink which is sugar free. A traditional hot chocolate is based on heavy milk, cream and a ton of sugar, but this version contains none of those. Granted, if you are after a classic hot chocolate, this wouldn’t fit the bill, but for a warm, cozy and comforting beverage you can enjoy every single day (or even as a post workout drink!), it’s your answer! Depending on which protein powder you choose, it’s completely gluten free, vegan, sugar free, paleo, dairy free and grain free!
The three ingredients are protein powder, cocoa powder and a granulated sweetener of choice. Let’s jump into a little bit of detail for each aspect, as it’s imperative for a successful (and delicious!) hot chocolate.
The protein powder– This makes up the recipe (hello, high protein part?) and the type of protein powder is ridiculously important. Use the wrong one, and you’ll be left with clumpy milk, and then you’ll choke on the clumps and cry a river like Justin Timberlake.
Firstly, I DO NOT recommend whey protein powder. I don’t recommend it in any of my food recipes, and I do not recommend it in this homemade hot cocoa mix. Even after trying to mix it slowly with hot water, it became way too sticky, and eventually turned into one big clump. I recommend using a brown rice protein powder (it’s vegan and gluten free!), a casein protein powder (better flavor and thickness and mixes beautifully) and if you follow a paleo lifestyle, this one works well too. These are the protein powders I’ve personally tried and have tried several other casein/vegan blends which also worked will. If you use a different brand, please test it out first using a small portion of hot water and protein powder and see if it mixes well. This is your best indication!
Now, the granulated sweetener of choice! If you checked out yesterday’s recipe, I lamented about the monk fruit sweetener, a natural stevia blend which mimics white table sugar really well. If you have a preferred sweetener of choice, feel free to use that, but make sure it’s suitable to be mixed with hot drinks- Some zero calorie sweeteners are strictly for cold beverages.
Finally, the cocoa powder! As the protein powders are chocolate flavored, this portion is completely up to you. I LOVE a dark chocolate taste, so use dark cocoa powder liberally. For a classic chocolate flavor, I’d stick to a good quality cocoa powder or even a mix of both. The best part is that you can always add more once you’ve made your hot beverage!
HACK! This healthy homemade high protein hot chocolate mix is perfect to give as gifts to those fitness friends or family members too! All you need to do is set up as many mason jars (cleaned our jelly jars work perfectly for this), label it with the type of protein powder used (vegan, casein or paleo- This is important- See the recipe card!), the granulated sweetener used and maybe a cheeky little message
like Arman is amazing.
Make this healthy homemade high protein hot chocolate mix and get your slippers on and put on some Netflix.
Just kidding, go lift weight then chug this down after.
Protein Hot Chocolate
To make the hot chocolate mix
- In a large mixing bowl, sift your cocoa powder to avoid any clumps.
- In a separate bowl, add all the ingredients and mix very well, until combined.
To make one serving
- Add 7 tablespoons of hot chocolate mixture into a large mug.
- Add 1/4 cup of boiling water and mix very well until everything is combined and no clumps remain. Add 1/2-1 cup of either hot water or warmed up milk of choice, mix again and enjoy!
For a richer hot chocolate, use all milk of choice.
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