Want to learn how to make hot cocoa from scratch? Here is a super nourishing stovetop hot cocoa recipe that is full of minerals to help you stay hydrated during the dry winter months.
Should Hot Cocoa Be Made with Water or Milk?
This is a matter if preference. I prefer to make with milk for the added nutrients and because I like the cream texture that milk adds to hot cocoa. You can definitely still make it with water instead, but it won’t be as rich or delicious, in my opinion.
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Homemade Stovetop Hot Chocolate
Ready to make some delicious homemade hot chocolate on the stove? Here is my simple recipe that is a both warming and nourishing!
- small saucepan
- your favorite mug
- cocoa powder
- honey or any other sweetener
- cream of tartar
You definitely don’t have to have the collagen, salt, or cream of tartar but they are extra nutrients that don’t affect the taste of your cup of homemade cocoa.
The salt adds some sodium and the tartar adds some potassium which helps your body absorb liquids. These two ingredients help you stay hydrated during the dry winter months.
The collagen adds some extra protein which helps balance out the honey so that it doesn’t spike your blood sugar.
These three ingredients are not necessary to make a delicious cup of hot chocolate, but if you are looking to add some extra nutrients wherever you can, then you will like these because they provide nourishment without changing the flavor too much.
- Add the ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat. I don’t usually measure the milk with a measuring cup. Sometimes I just dump it in because I know how much my favorite mug holds. If I am using a different mug, sometimes I will use the mug to measure how much milk it holds so that I can get a full cup every time.
- Stir until all of the ingredients are dissolved and disappear. Sometimes the cocoa powder or collagen don’t want to dissolve easily so I usually smash any clumps with the back of my spoon. You don’t have to heat the hot chocolate any longer than it takes to dissolve everything. This amount of time brings it to the right temperature to enjoy right away.
- Pour and enjoy! Having a pretty mug is definitely not necessary, but since having a cup of hot cocoa has become a daily afternoon tradition for me, drinking it out of a mug that makes me smile adds a whole another level of enjoyment!
- 1 c Milk
- 1T Cocoa Powder
- 1T Honey
- 1 Scoop Collagen
- A Pinch of Sea Salt
- A Pinch of Cream of Tartar
- Add all the ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir until everything dissolves and dissappears, breaking up any clumps with the back of your spoon.
- Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
If the collagen clumps up, try adding it last, sprinkling it evenly over the milk, and stirring it right away.