This peppermint hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up during the holidays. This recipe uses clean ingredients like cocoa powder, peppermint and collagen.
There’s just something about the combination of peppermint and chocolate that screams winter holidays. Although I am more of a gingerbread flavor girl, I do enjoy a peppermint hot chocolate or peppermint dessert every once in a while.
Growing up, I used to think that hot chocolate only came from a packet of swiss miss. Even though that is pretty sad, I really loved how quick and easy it was to make and LOVED those tiny marshmallows that floated on top but ended up melting within the first 30 seconds.
When I realized how easy it was to make hot chocolate without a bunch of crazy ingredients I started making it at home and with some dairy free milk to better suit my dietary preferences.
What are the benefits of Collagen in peppermint hot chocolate?
Adding collagen to hot chocolate was pretty much a game changer. If you haven’t heard, the benefits of supplementing with collagen are pretty damn amazing. Plus, since it’s popularity has sprung up there are many companies that offer good quality collagen at a decent price. Also, it makes your peppermint hot chocolate SUPER FROTHY!
“Taking collagen is associated with a number of health benefits and very few known risks. For starters, supplements may improve skin health by reducing wrinkles and dryness. They may also help increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss and relieve joint pain.” – Healthline.Com
But really, one of my favorite reasons to add collagen to hot drinks like coffee, or bone broth is that it makes everything so much more creamy and frothy without the addition of milk.
If you’re looking to make a great gift for the holidays, make a big batch of peppermint hot chocolate mix packaged up in mason jars for anyone to enjoy. Makes a great gift for teachers, friends, family and stocking stuffers.
Pro Tips and Tricks
- Use unsweetened cocoa powder for this recipe unless you really enjoy the bitter taste of cacao powder.
- Any milk including cows milk can be used for this recipe depending on dietary preferences.
- For an extra creamy and frothy hot chocolate, use a high speed blender or stick blender to mix into hot milk.
- You can sweeten this hot chocolate with any sugar of choice including stevia drops. Start with a small amount and add as you go as different sweeteners have different flavors and levels of sweetness.
Can I use Peppermint Essential Oil?
Food grade peppermint essential oil can be used in this recipe instead of peppermint extract, but make sure that the oil you are using is food grade and suitable for internal consumption. A little goes a long way so try only only one drop per 2 servings and adjust your tastes!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Collagen
- In a small pot, add 2 cups of milk and warm through over low heat for about 5 minutes or until desired temperature is reached. Do not bring to a boil.
- Whisk in remaining ingredients until fully combined without any clumps.
- For frothy hot chocolate, blend in a high speed blender or use a stick blender to combine all ingredients.
Valerie Skinner is a Whole30 approved personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between healthy eating and busy lives by providing simple healthy meals and recipes for you and your family.