Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa




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I don’t even know where the last 2 weeks have gone. Life has been a complete and total blur lately. Between recovering from an impromptu mini-vacation, undergoing a hair transformation (from black to light brown!), my eldest turning 8 (going on 28, geez), and spending nearly a full day in a dental chair with my mouth wedged open (quit eating grains and don’t forget to floss), I haven’t had time to cook, bake, or shop, much less keep my kitchen clean. I feel like I’ve been living in a constant state of chaos that is nobody’s fault but my own. Time to get my act together.

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A little monster photobombed our selfie. My hair is way lighter IRL now. PS: I’m totally trendy because I used lots of modern lingo there, right?

Yesterday, I was in a hydrocodone-induced nap following my dental work, but somehow my husband managed to talk me into dragging my sleepy butt off the couch to carve a pumpkin with the kids. And by “with the kids” I mean “for the kids”. I was about halfway done with the least-scary pattern imaginable (a minion), and the 8-year-old says “Why don’t you let us carve the pumpkin?”. I said “I don’t want you playing with knives, they’re dangerous. Plus, carving a pumpkin is hard.” She proceeds to tell me that carving pumpkins isn’t that hard at all, she could do it, no problem.

Well, let me tell you, I’m not one to compete with an 8-year-old, but it is on! I’m in no mood to go buying a bunch more pumpkins and carve them this year, so we agreed to let it go a year and we’ll have a pumpkin-carving contest next year. I did warn her that I’m pretty awesome and am actually so good that I carved my own face into a pumpkin once, and it actually looked like me. Her response: “Did you mean to do that?”. Um, no, I’m just so awesome I accidentally carve faces in pumpkins when I meant for it to be a minion.

So while you’re judging me for my messy kitchen and lack of compassion for children, you can sip on this delicious hot cocoa. It’s 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 🙂

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

** Original recipe called for 4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder. After retesting, 3 is plenty (unless you like a really strong cocoa)
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 228kcal
Author Kendra Benson



  • Combine the cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, gelatin, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the almond milk and vanilla over medium heat until scalding (not quite boiling).
  • When the milk is heated, add the honey and whisk until combined.
  • While whisking constantly, slowly pour in the cocoa powder mixture. Never stop whisking. If you do, you'll wind up with grody lumps.
  • 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.
  • Serve hot, topped with paleo marshmallows.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 43g | Calcium: 316mg | Iron: 1.5mg



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Last Updated 06/26/2020

3 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa”

  1. 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!

    • 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 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    What does the gelatin do?


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