Snow showers are in the forecast for those of us in West Michigan – the perfect time to cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate. Experience the nostalgia of childhood with this Decadent Hot Chocolate recipe…with leveled-up ingredients so you can feel great about what you’re sipping!

This recipe is made with coconut milk, full of nutrients and healthy fats. It also calls for cacao powder (similar to cocoa powder but less processed, contains more minerals and antioxidants and overall a healthier option).

  • In a pinch, use cocoa but definitely give cacao a try some time. You can read the whole scoop on choosing the best chocolate, including our fave brands, in our post HERE.

Now, on to the recipe!


  • 1 cup Coconut Milk (look for light coconut milk like this, full fat is great but may be too thick for this recipe)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt


  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Heat until hot and ready to drink, while stirring constantly to break up any clumps.
  • Pour into a mug and enjoy – bonus points for a scoop of Collagen Protein mixed in! 

Why Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and actively helps to rebuild connective tissue found in tendons and ligaments, hair, skin, nails and even your gut lining.

As you pass age 25, your collagen production slows at a rate of 1.5% per year, resulting in joint degradation, loss of elasticity in skin, increased sagging of skin, wrinkles, and poor gut health (which leads to poor nutrient absorption and a weaker immune system). Adding collagen peptides, high in glycine and proline, to your diet may help counteract these effects.

Our collagen is derived from pasture-raised grass-fed cows and hydrolyzed for maximum absorption. 

Each scoop gives you 9 grams of protein, is tasteless and can be easily dissolved into any liquid or even put into baked goods!

Snag a tub for $27.95 below and we’ll set one aside for you to pick up at the gym!

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