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Keto Collagen Hot Chocolate Recipe
This Keto collagen hot chocolate recipe is rich enough to satisfy all of your chocolate cravings without out knocking you out of ketosis. A spoonful of collagen adds a serious nutrient boost along with all that chocolaty goodness. Plus, this recipe is pantry friendly so you’re never more than a few minutes away from this satisfying low-calorie drink.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein that can be found in your skin, your joints and many other places in your body. It is a popular dietary supplement and scientists have linked collagen supplements to health benefits in many areas including digestive and joint health [1, 2].
It can be confusing to tell the difference between collagen and gelatin because they are very similar. However, gelatin only dissolves in warm water and is generally used to make gels, while collagen dissolves in cold water and does not have a gelling effect. Because it does not affect the texture, it is easy to mix collagen into smoothies and other drinks, like this hot chocolate!
While collagen is a protein, it is also Keto-friendly! In fact, some collagen supplements, like ours, are specially formulated for those following the Keto diet.
Cacao Powder vs Cocoa Powder
What is the difference between cacao and cocoa? The two words are so similar that is easy to get mixed up but there are clear differences.
Both cacao and cocoa powders are made from the cacao bean. The beans are heated at a low temperature which separates the fattiest parts from the rest of the bean. This is called cocoa butter or cacao butter depending on the temperature at which it’s processed.
The product that is left after the fatty parts of the bean are separated is what becomes cacao or cocoa powder. Just like with the butter, the difference between cacao and cocoa is in the temperature that the beans are processed at. Cocoa is heated at much higher temperatures which makes it sweeter but also results in the loss of antioxidants [3, 4]
The terms cacao and cocoa are sometimes used interchangeably but in general, cacao indicates a raw product or one which is processed at a very low temperature as compared cocoa whether you are speaking about butter or powder.
More Keto Drinks to Try
Keto Eggnog – Just because store-bought eggnog is full of sugar and dairy, it doesn’t mean you have to skip out on eggnog for the holidays!
Keto Golden Milk – This golden milk recipe uses almond milk as a base so it’s dairy-free and like this hot chocolate recipe, it contains collage for a nutrient boost.
Keto Coffee – This coffee recipe offers four variations including one with collagen and one with coconut. With so many options, there is sure to be something for everyone’s tastes.
A decadent hot chocolate with the benefits of collagen.
- Heat up the coconut milk and water in a small pot.
- Stir in the cacao powder, collagen, and sweetener until everything is dissolved.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 6 g
- Calories: 332
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 24 g
- Carbohydrates: 13 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 15 g