This winter has been all kinds of funky and cold this year. States who rarely see snow are seeing it, and lots of it! And temps have been bitterly cold all over. We’ve been enjoying a few snow days and when I think back to snow days as a child, one of my favorite traditions was homemade hot chocolate.
Who doesn’t love sipping on a cup of hot chocolate to warm up after frolicking outside in the snow? After spending hours outside sledding with my siblings as a kid, my mom used to make us a steaming pot of her own homemade hot chocolate. She served it a fun cat teapot, dressed festively in winter garb. It’s a tradition I treasure and still think back on whenever I have hot chocolate as an adult. Though I’ll admit, this summer loving girl can enjoy sipping her cocoa sans playing outside.
My protein packed hot chocolate recipe uses a few simple ingredients: milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup, a pinch of sea salt, and Promix whey protein powder. This recipe takes hardly any time to make, has a whopping 20 grams of protein, and is super tasty! It’s the perfect snack or after meal treat. Yum!
Before you get started, I’ll share a warning. Use a kitchen thermometer to watch the temperature of your hot chocolate! You only want to heat the milk to steaming, or about 100 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the protein powder from curdling. I promise, this temperature is perfect for sipping your beverage!
Protein Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup of milk (any will do, but cow’s milk will provide 8 g of protein)
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 scoop Promix chocolate whey protein powder (12.5 grams of protein)
- Combine all ingredients in a pan and heat over medium high heat, whisking frequently.
- Heat only until steaming, or to 100 degrees Fahrenheit*.
- Add in your favorite extras (marshmallows and whipped cream?) and enjoy!
*Watch the heat, steaming the milk to just 100 degrees Fahrenheit! WARNING: If you heat the milk too much the protein powder will cause your drink to curdle.
**You can always swap all of the hot cocoa ingredients for your favorite store bought mix too and just add the protein powder.
What are your favorite snow day traditions? Share in the comments below!