Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream

Healthy hot cocoa — is that an oxymoron? Can hot cocoa with whipped cream be nutritious and still taste great? Absolutely — if you're using whole, raw milk from grass-fed cows and grass-fed cream.

Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream

We went snowshoeing the other weekend in Sun Valley and it was so great to sit in the lodge and have some hot cocoa with whipped cream. Unfortunately, we were probably drinking something like Carnation Hot Chocolate.

Here is a list of the ingredients in Carnation Hot Chocolate:


Yuck — what are corn syrup solids anyway? And “modified milk ingredients”? Gross! Whatever they are, they're clearly not something we want to feed to our kids.

When we came home from Sun Valley, I whipped up my own version of hot cocoa with whipped cream — much healthier than that Carnation stuff.

And yes, there is an egg yolk added to my hot cocoa. For extra nutrition! Did you know that Ovaltine was originally milk/cream with added egg? Hence the name, “oval”-tine.

If you enjoy this hot cocoa, check out my recipe for raw eggnog. Raw cream, raw milk, and raw egg yolks – very healthy!

Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream

(Makes 2 large mugs)

Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream: Ingredients

Hot Cocoa
Raw milk from grass-fed cows (1 cup)
Cream, grass-fed, organic (1/2 cup)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00X4JA56S” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Powdered cocoa[/easyazon_link] (1 TBS)
Pinch of [easyazon_link identifier=”B000EITYUU” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]sea salt[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B005P0LW66″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Maple syrup,[/easyazon_link] [easyazon_link identifier=”B000Z93FQC” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]raw honey,[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link identifier=”B006CVNF2G” locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]organic cane sugar[/easyazon_link] to taste
Optional: Egg yolks, raw, pastured (2)

Whipped Cream
Raw cream from grass-fed cows (1/2 cup or 4 ounces)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B005P0LW66″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Maple syrup[/easyazon_link] or raw honey to taste (I used approx 3/4 TBS)

Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream; Equipment

[easyazon-link asin=”B000E57BBW” locale=”us”]Small saucepan[/easyazon-link]
[easyazon-link asin=”B000A38ASG” locale=”us”]Mixing bowl[/easyazon-link]
[easyazon-link asin=”B001G8Y2XQ” locale=”us”]Hand mixer[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B00004SGFW” locale=”us”]stand mixer[/easyazon-link] (you can also use a whisk)

Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream: Directions

Hot Cocoa:
1. Mix everything in a saucepan on low heat.

Whipped Cream:
2. Add cream to the stand mixer or a mixing bowl.
3. Beat cream on medium.
5. As cream starts to thicken, add a little maple syrup or honey to taste.
6. Continue beating until whipped cream is stiff. Stop before it gets too chunky (it will turn into butter!).
7. Serve the whipped cream on top of the hot cocoa.

Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream: Recipe Notes

I use only raw milk and raw cream from grass-fed cows. This recipe also does not sacrifice the quality of the raw milk by heating it too high. Many of the enzymes will stay intact.

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Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream

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33 thoughts on “Healthy Hot Cocoa with Grass-fed Whipped Cream

      1. I’ll be listening for an opinion πŸ™‚ Usually if it uses cocoa powder I can easily substitute carob powder. Likewise chocolate chips can be replaced with carob chips πŸ™‚

  1. I must tell you weekly , lol even though I don’t eat them weekly but would love to , that your coconut panckes are THE BEST… I tell everyone ..
    I can’t get enough :))) Thank you..

  2. Ann Marie, there’s something I have been wondering for a while. What’s the best way to get raw cream for yourself from raw milk? As of right now I don’t know of any local fairy farmers who specifically sell the cream alone. But I can easily get milk.

  3. it was in the stars that i made a special stop to buy a half gallon of raw milk yesterday & bought a pint of unpasteurized cream today- on a whim!
    YUM! cannot wait to try this!

  4. I am severely lactose intolerant, but I’m telling you, if I could have one cup of that hot chocolate right now, I’d feel much more at peace about foregoing milk the rest of my life, haha…

    That’s a jaw-dropping list of ingredients – for the manufactured product, I mean. It saddens/angers me to read labels. Yesterday I was in a huge food store, looking for some ham (any meat, really) for a sandwich for my work lunch. I can’t “cheat” and eat something with only a couple of not-so-good ingredients “just this once”, because I am intolerant to everything like maltodextrin, flavourings, etc, so I wasn’t expecting a range of choices but really there wasn’t a. single. one. out of what felt like turning over a gazillion packages. The better ones had maybe four or five ingredients besides the obvious meat and salt, the not-so-good ones…many, many more. Sigh.
    I went somewhere else and was lucky enough to find some delicatessen Italian cold meat – trust the Italians to still be able to make up their (delicious!) cold meats from…salt & meat. πŸ™‚

      1. Cocoa and carob are out too, so guess that would just be hot coconut milk, hehe, not bad I’m sure, but not the same either :-). But thanks!

    1. Wholefoods carries corned beef – just meat and salt. I asked them to slice it thinly for sandwiches…no preservatives, nitrates/nitrites etc. Very nice.

  5. So glad I ran into some unsweetened bar chocolate at the Mexican market. It’s called Luker and I think it’s from Columbia. I love maple syrup, but to cut costs a little, we make a syrup out of piloncillo/panela, which I think is molasses hardened into a cone shape. Tasty!

  6. I love hot chocolate! I wrote a guest post on the subject as well a couple weeks ago! I love to add peppermint oil. Yumma!

  7. Hej, not to change the subject of cocoa, but I found out about that disturbing last sequence on the banana-loving vegan’s Paleo-bashing vid. The original video “From Grass to Grill: Certified Humane Slaughter” just showed a cow being killed quickly and painlessly with a stunner. That vegan copied and pasted onto the video the scenes of animals being tortured to death. In the origianl vid however the inhumane slaughter scenes WERE NOT THERE! I HATE it when vegans try to bash our way of eating by saying slaughter is always painful to the animals! Grrrr, the lioness in me knows better!

  8. I really love the sweetener molasses with these chocolate drinks. Yes it is strong, but it goes with the cocoa (I actually use carob) flavour really well! I sweeten my cream with stevia. Yum

  9. Whipped cream made with just a touch of molasses. YUM! And on top of this hot chocolate – YUM YUM! Then a dash of Vietnamese cinnamon. Ho boy!

  10. OK, I am a big fan of all things dairy, but I am NOT a fan of this recipe. Raw milk when contaminated with E. Coli can kill you. Please don’t consume raw milk or recommend consumption of it! FYI, the enzymes in milk offer little nutritional benefit compared to the amazing benefits of the milk protein and minerals like calcium in the milk. FYI, raw milk is a great vector for microbes like tuberculosis, E. coli and Listeria which is why it is a legal requirement to pasteurize milk. Would you knowingly eat sushi and sashimi that is contaminated? I think not. Did you know that it is a LEGAL requirement for all sushi restaurants to FREEZE raw fish before making into sushi? Yes, even at NOBU. Freezing is a type of pasteurization for raw fish! (Note – this does not apply to raw milk.) People, there is a reason we have laws about pasteurizing food – so is does not kill you!

    1. Dr. Erika the troll. GO HOME. We’ve seen you trolling around at the other subjects concerning raw milk on this blog and it’s disgraceful.

      But thank you for reminding me to always question authority – especially when it comes with Dr. in front of it or the letters MD or Ph.D. behind it. If you will do some actual research, you’ll find more people have died from pasteurized “safe” milk products than from raw milk.

      You are welcome to your opinion, but so are we. People who consume raw milk are well aware of the controversy and have made their choices.

      1. Yeah, Dr… we LOVE raw unpasturized, unhomiginized healthy,full of good stuff milk!!! πŸ™‚

  11. so sad…. I used to DOWN hot cocoa during the winter when I was young…as well as spiced cider…or spiced sugar water rather..thanks for the recipe!

    1. This recipe sounds great to try! For those who have lactose issues and can get raw milk, I can almost 100% assure you that you will NOT have those issues with raw milk. Me and my family are testimony to that. And for those who run scared from raw milk, think of all who DIE from medications in the hospital, killed by drunk drivers, and have permanent organ damage from drugs that are marketed to “help” people…just to name a few. Hmmm…then why is alcohol “still okay”? Because it makes money. It’s all big business money. Those in America who “know” what’s best for the rest of us are purely controlled by big money. With 7billion people in the world and maybe 375million in the US, who are “we” to know what’s best? Yeah, the youngest country in the world with the highest medical cost knows best???? Gag me.

      If I were to ever die from healthy raw foods, it would be better to know it was a freak accident than from man-made medical crap designed to burn, kill, and destroy.

      Raw milk for life!!

  12. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve always made hot chocolate from chocolate shavings with my raw milk. So rich. Love the idea of adding cream and an egg yolk. Will have to give that a try. And, if you are so bold, may I suggest trying your hot cocoa with your homemade Marshmallow Fluff! I just ran across your homemade recipe and must try it this week. I’ve always allowed myself the indulgence of Fluff during the holidays because it is so nostalgic for me in hot chocolate. Can’t wait to try a MUCH healthier version. Thanks so much for your recipes!

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