I love making high-protein, gelatin-fortified hot chocolate.
My many variations evolved yet again recently when I decided to add resistant starch (RS) to the mix. Fact is, I can’t get a baked good into my body everyday! I’d like to. 🙂
But there’s not always time for baking. Yet I do best (stabilized blood sugar levels and no constipation) when I have a form of RS each day.
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Thus the “bread.” 🙂
Bread and Chocolate Breakfast Drink has a very subtle protein powder texture, due to the flour- totally yummy actually. My boys *love* it. It also has scads of gelatin, so a winky bit of a sticky gooey texture. Plus so much foam! (For this reason, collagen doesn’t sub well. But use collagen if you don’t need it so foamy.)
This is one creamy dream. And it’s bulletproof style, which means I blend in butter, ghee, cocoa butter, or coconut oil– great fats for well-rounded nutrition, and great flavor/texture! (If you’ve never blended butter or coconut oil into hot chocolate or coffee or tea before, it makes the drink extra creamy and delicious.)
The raw milk I use (coconut milk can be used, too, for a dairy-free version) adds protein, an addition that makes the gelatin more effective and complete— by combining the essential amino acids in milk with the non-essential (but still very much needed) amino acids that gelatin provides.
You can put less or more cocoa based on your dietary needs and your body. I like less for my body, so I don’t get shaky from the caffeine. But I give a variation for more if the flavor of a sipping chocolate is more your thing. You can also use toasted/roasted carob powder, which is great!
Watch out: it thickens as it cools, tasting like a happiness of pudding in your cup. Getting busy and coming back to it is a good thing!
What else about this cup? Carbs! My body needs more than just resistant starch. From this mug of goodness I get quality carbohydrates. I learned, after being on a very low-carb healing diet (GAPS) for 5 years, that my body needs carbs, preferably at every meal. Just a bit does the trick. But those carbs help protect my adrenals and my thyroid. (source) They help to give me energy and to balance the other nutrition I get in every meal: protein and fat. One beautiful tablespoon of Otto’s Cassava Flour blesses my body with that balance.
And by throwing it in my morning steamer/hot chocolate it’s easy to get, (when homemade baked goods or other complex carbohydrates are scarce).