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Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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This cocoa is a bit rich, so you might want to cut back on the cocoa if you’re not a chocoholic. Also, the grass-fed gelatin isn’t required to make this recipe a success, it just helps thicken it a bit (since I prefer almond milk over the thicker option of coconut milk), and it also adds some protein and lots of other good-for-you stuff. It’s a secret super-food 🙂

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

The original recipe called for 4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder. After retesting, 3 is plenty (unless you like a really strong cocoa)


  • 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Tahitian Vanilla Extract
  • 5 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Grass-Fed Gelatin
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt


  1. Combine the cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, gelatin, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the almond milk and vanilla over medium heat until scalding (not quite boiling).
  3. When the milk is heated, add the honey and whisk until combined.
  4. While whisking constantly, slowly pour in the cocoa powder mixture. Never stop whisking. If you do, you'll wind up with grody lumps.
  5. After you've poured in all the cocoa powder, continue whisking just a little longer to ensure it's all mixed and no lumps remain.
  6. Serve hot, topped with paleo marshmallows.
Nutrition Information
Yield 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 233Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 147mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 2gSugar 44gProtein 4g

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Sunday 25th of January 2015

What does the gelatin do?

Kristin Watson Wear

Tuesday 29th of October 2013

I just stumbled upon your blog by googling "easy paleo camping recipes" and now I find myself in a wormhole, reading all your posts :) which is to say I love them. We tried the paleo thing last year, did ok at it but fell back into bad habits. Two picky eaters for kids combined with a recently discovered gluten intolerance (mine) we are in desperate need of a reset. Hello from Eastern Kansas!


Tuesday 29th of October 2013

Welcome, Kristin!! I'm glad you found me and I hope the recipes help you guys as you try the paleo thing again. The second time was the charm for us, I hope it is for you too :)

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