Healthy Orange Hot Chocolate

healthy orange hot chocolate, vegan, dairy free, sugar free - foody first

Chocolate and citrus, a combo that just hits me right in the feels.

To me, Christmas means chocolate and citrus, separately, but also together! To this day, my mom still puts a clementine in me and my siblings’ stockings, along with lots of chocolate of course. It’s one of my favourite traditions and brings on all the warm and fuzzies. I just love it.

This cup of orange-y hot chocolate brings back all those familiar cozy feelings of Christmas morning as a kid, but made a little healthier than, say, a big chocolate orange. It’s pretty much a hug in a mug. If you’re not a fan of chocolate and orange together, just omit the orange peel!

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The Botanica Reishi Hot Chocolate used is loaded with reishi mushrooms, which boost the immune system and help with fatigue, is only sweetened with dates and monk fruit, and is naturally dairy free! Plus, it is SO delicious!

The collagen is optional, but it makes it extra frothy, is high in protein and supports and strengthens your skin, nails, hair, and gut!

Healthy Orange Hot Chocolate

Serves 2-3 // Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups milk of choice (I used cashew milk)

  • 1 orange (omit if you just want plain hot chocolate)

  • 3 Tbs Botanica Reishi Hot Chocolate

  • If not using the Botanica mix, use 3-4 Tbs cocoa/cacao and 3 Tbs maple syrup

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • Pinch salt

  • 2 Tbs collagen (optional)

Optional pictured toppings:

  • Whipped cream (coconut or dairy)

  • Chocolate shavings

  • Orange zest

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash orange well. Using a vegetable peeler, peel all of the orange rind off, try to leave the white pith, and add to a small pot. Cover with milk of choice and bring to a light simmer (not a full boil).

  2. Remove from heat and carefully remove rind pieces from the mixture. Whisk in the Botanica mix or the cocoa and maple syrup, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and collagen (if using).

  3. Top with whipped cream (or coconut cream!), chocolate shavings, and a little orange zest! Enjoy!

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healthy orange hot chocolate, vegan, dairy free, sugar free - foody first

* This post is lovingly sponsored by Botanica, but my thoughts are 100% my own. Thank you Botanica for making Foody First possible and thank YOU for allowing me to do what I love.