During the fall, pumpkin spice everything seems to make their rounds through the stores- pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin spice brownies, and the list goes on and on. Overall, I am not a huge fan of the taste of pumpkin, but when it comes to Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate, I actually enjoy it quite a bit!
I am not a coffee drinker (I know, I know, this is weird to hear coming from the mouth of someone who grew up in the coffee capital of the world), but I sure do like a nice hot chocolate. So when I had some leftover pumpkin from Halloween, I took it as a challenge to try and fit in with the “pumpkin spice” movement that sweeps across America.
I like to keep things simple, and instead of using a bunch of spices to create a “pumpkin spice” taste, I use real ingredients to create that flavor. With the addition of some of the other ingredients like the Collagen Peptides and MCT Oil, we are providing high quality fuel sources to the body, and have a great protein that helps to repair the collagen within the body. This recipe makes for a great morning drink that will prepare your body for the rest of the day.
About the Ingredients in Paleo Granola
Pumpkin is a great source of vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin A. In 3.5oz of pumpkin, you can get around 150% of your Vitamin A needs. It also contains lots of fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, and manganese!
MCT Oil is medium chain fat that is easily digested and used as a fuel source. This goes directly to your liver to be burned as energy instead of being stored as fat. If you are looking to break free of the sugar addiction, MCT Oil can be a great way to kick those cravings.
Collagen Peptides is the most abundant protein within our body. By consuming collagen peptides, it helps to improve your skin, reduces joint pain and degeneration, and helps to heal leaky gut problems. I have collagen peptides nearly every day!
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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
I always start by heating up the coconut milk and water over the stove. If I am jumping in the shower, then I will keep it at low heat. Let it come to a soft boil.
As the milk is heating up, I start adding the rest of my ingredients into a cup to blend with an immersion blender. I have found that even the cheaper immersion blenders (like this one) work extremely well for blending my smoothies and morning drinks! Once the milk is heated enough, then add the milk to the rest of the ingredients, and blend with the immersion blender for 30-60 seconds., or until smooth.
Once blended, pour into a cup, sit back, and enjoy your morning cup of hot cocoa!
*If you find that the drink is too thick, then try using less pumpkin or add in a little more coconut milk/water.*
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
- Heat the water and coconut milk together on the stove.
- Prep all the other ingredients into a blender or blender cup.
- Once the water mixture reaches a boil, pour in with the other ingredients.
- Serve on a nice chilly fall morning!