Let’s talk hot chocolate, even better, let’s talk hot chocolate blended with coffee…mmmm…
If you are a migraine sufferer, or if you have crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, there is a high chance that you don’t enjoy those yummy beverages often.
I am here to offer a possible solution for you.
Until this year, I had not had creamy chocolate treats in such long time that I had truly forgotten how completely divine they are.
As hard as this may be to comprehend, I had developed an aversion to chocolate because I associated it with migraines.
11 months ago, I went on the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol of the Paleo) diet. While this elimination diet can be intimidating, it has been a stepping stone to increased health and freedom for me. I followed the diet strictly for 3 months and then began to add foods back into my diet.
I have learned to cook with real, nutrient-dense foods in place of processed foods. Over the past year, I have become more aware of which foods cause inflammation in my body and which foods don’t. And, in the process, my gut has healed. As my gut has healed, my ability to eat and drink foods (and beverages) that used to cause trouble for me is improving.
I am healing and it is magnificent.
Today I follow more of a “Paleo” diet than the AIP. I use that term because it is a helpful guideline to describe the way I eat, not because I think that there is a one size fits all diet for every person.
So, back to this yummy treat…
Back in my 20’s before the migraines were bad enough for me to change my diet, before I had crohn’s disease, my life was pretty uncomplicated. I laughed often and easily and I did not have dietary restrictions.
During that time I worked in a large hospital that had a coffee shop in the cafeteria. This was during the 1990’s, right before Starbucks hit the national scene so the specialized coffee treats they served were similar to what you will find at Starbucks but they were independent to that little shop.
Every afternoon you could find me with my friends grabbing a coffee to energize us for the rest of our work day. I had 2 favorite drinks: one was a cold variation and the other was hot.
Over the recent weeks I have been playing with migraine friendly ingredients in attempt to re-create my old favorite warm coffee treat.
This is so yummy!
I am posting it is just in time to make for the holidays as well as cold evenings spent fire-side, watching movies or chatting with friends.
You can make this with decaf if caffeine bothers you.
Technically, this recipe is a Paleo treat as coffee is not part of the AIP diet.
This treat is yummy without the whipped cream but the whipped cream makes it extra delicious and festive.
It is a coconut milk based whipped cream that is super easy to make so if you have time to make it, I recommend it (festive is always a bonus) ❤
Ingredients for Beverage
1 Cup Brewed Coffee
1 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp Grassfed Salted Butter
*Dairy Free Note: I am Lactose Intolerant but can tolerate butter, If you cannot, try substituting Ghee which most people are able to tolerate
1 Tbsp + 2 teaspoons Carob Powder
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
Melt butter in medium sized pan
Pour remaining ingredients into pan
Heat over low for ~3-5 minutes, whisking/stirring frequently to make sure the beverage does not burn on the bottom
Ingredients for Whipped Cream
1 Can of Full Fat Coconut Milk Refrigerate for 12-24 Hours
1 – 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar (or sweetener of choice)
Refrigerate Can of Coconut Milk for 12-24 Hours so that the top 1/3-1/2 will become thick
Open can and scoop out the top layer which is a thickened “cream”
Use blender or beaters to whip the cream until it is fluffy (3-5 minutes)
Add sweetener (this is really up to your taste preference, I like it sweeter than some people) 😉
Sprinkle Carob Chips on top of the whipped cream
Recipe Tip: If chocolate is NOT a migraine trigger for you than you can use organic Cacao Powder which is a healthy version of Cocoa Powder in place of Carob Powder. You can can also use Cacao Nibs which are a healthier version of Chocolate Chips in place of Carob Chips