One of our favorite family treats is a nice cup of hot chocolate! We first tried to make it with a can of coconut milk. It turns out great but sadly my husband does not feel well after drinking coconut milk. We had to find an alternative. We are mostly dairy free but do include butter daily. I am a butter lover! Butter is not on the Wahls protocol which is the diet I follow for my Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme disease. I did give it up for 6 months to be compliant on the diet. In a couple weeks I developed carpal tunnel for the first time in my life. I worked with my alternative practitioner to resolve the issue and nothing was helping. One day while we were brainstorming she said you know this happened right after you gave up butter, let’s add it back and see what happens. My alternative practitioner is a vegan and was shocked she was recommending butter to anyone.  I ran right home after she said that and made my favorite butter coffee. That was propably the best cup of coffee I have ever had. That was the day the butter dance was created in my kitchen and I have a picture to prove it!

The butter coffee dance!

For people who do not do well with butter you can try Ghee. My favorite Ghee is Tin Star you can purchase it here. Some people are so sensitive to dairy that they do not tolerate Ghee either. In that case, try this recipe with just coconut oil.

Hot Cocoa by Beth Schultz, NTP, CGP
Prep time 10 minutes Makes 2 BIG servings

  • 3 cups of really hot water
  • 1 cup organic cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
  • 2 dashes Himalayan Salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon collagen I like Great Lakes
  • 4 tablespoons grass fed butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on your sweet tooth)
  • 2 tablespoons organic raw cacao

On the stove start warm up water. Add cashews, cinnamon, Himalayan salt, vanilla, collagen, butter, coconut oil and 1 cup of the water(not boiling just hot). Blend in a high speed blender for 2 minutes. Add the cocoa and 2 cups of really hot water blend for a minute. Serve and enjoy!

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