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The BEST Hot Chocolate

My boys love that I celebrate National food holidays in a “healthified” way and tomorrow is National Hot Chocolate Day! If you want to celebrate with us, you must try this recipe for the BEST Hot Chocolate!

Have you ever made hot chocolate and the cocoa powder clumps up and floats at the top? Not in this recipe!

When I make my hot chocolate, I make a paste with the unsweetened cocoa powder and high quality butter!

I like to use a quality unsweetened cocoa powder that is a cocoa powder verses most cocoa powders that are reduced fat and not as rich and flavorful.

Same with butter, I love Kerrygold because it has a higher fat content than most.

If you want to make this the BEST hot chocolate, I highly suggest using browned butter which creates a caramel-like flavor that is rich and nutty! I brown a whole stick of butter and have extras in the fridge to add to fish, shrimp or steak! But if you don’t want to brown the butter, you still will have a delicious hit chocolate!

To brown butter, check out this video:

One of my recipe testers called this hot cocoa “Heaven in a Cup!”

The BEST Hot Chocolate

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Egg Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 129


  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder OR 1 scoop Equip chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons browned butter or coconut oil for dairy free
  • 2 tablespoons Natural Sweetener skip if using Equip protein powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt skip if using Equip protein powder
  • Few drops chocolate stevia or English Toffee stevia
  • Pinch of cinnamon optional
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or heavy cream or full fat coconut milk if you are feeling decadent!
  • OPTIONAL GARNISH: Whipped cream or my coconut cream for dairy free sweetened with a few drops monk fruit extract


  • Place the butter into a sauce pot and heat over high heat while whisking often. Stay close, the butter will froth up and turn brown. Immediately remove from heat.
  • Add the cocoa powder (or Equip chocolate protein powder), natural sweeteners, cinnamon and salt into a small pot. Heat over low heat and stir well to make a paste .
  • Slowly whisk in unsweetened almond milk. Heat over medium heat just until heated through. Do not boil. Taste and adjust sweetness to your liking. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with whipped cream if desired.


Calories: 129 | Fat: 13g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fiber: 1g | P:E Ratio: 0.1



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Jozie went from a women’s small/medium to a children’s size 10. She lost 25lbs.

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Her lymphedema is GONE!

Having to eat every couple of hours is GONE!

Anxiety is almost GONE!

Food worries GONE!

Sugar cravings GONE!

She has more energy, has gotten sick less, is happier, never feels hungry, she grew a couple inches which is HUGE for her TS, and she overall feels GREAT!

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Before we started Keto I prayed for God to help me accept my weight, be healthier and be a better person mentally and physically to better serve Him or help me lose weight to do those things. He aligned our journey with Keto. All the Glory goes to God for helping me which then completely transformed Jozie’s health and future health!

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Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


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