Sunday, November 7, 2010

Perfectly Frothy Raw Hot Cocoa

If you've been checking in with this blog for any length of time, you know how much I adore my weekly gallon of raw milk.  Oh, the enzymes, the probiotics, the flavor!  It dumped buckets of rain the first half of today, and round two looks like it's just around the corner.  Hot chocolate for all!  But... I don't want to overheat the precious raw milk and lose all it's goodness, so after several attempts, I am finally satisfied with this recipe:

Raw Hot Cocoa
Makes 4 cups.  Prep time: 5 minutes
You don't need a Vita-Mix to make this.  I'll explain the non-Vita-Mix method at the end.

4 cups raw milk
4 Tablespoons raw cocoa powder
4 Tablespoon grade B maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Put all ingredients except salt in the Vita-Mix.  Blend on high for three minutes, or until it's warm enough for your taste, but not over 105 degrees (when the enzymes begin to die off).
  2. There will be lots of foam on top.  Ladle the foam off the top into a bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Pour the hot cocoa into mugs (or mason jars like we did, hehe) then spoon desired amount of foam on the top.
  4. Sprinkle very small amounts of pink Himalayan salt on top to add festive color and a hint of salty goodness, nourishing trace minerals included.

If you don't have a Vita-Mix, carefully whisk all ingredients in a pot over medium-low heat, right before it gets to 105 degrees.  In any kind of blender, blend 1/2 cup of the hot cocoa on high until it's frothy.

Trying it out on my test subjects...


Well, almost 100% success.   Three of my four kids loved this recipe; the salt, froth and all.  As you can see, 5-year-old isn't sure.  She resolved to be a purest, and prefers her hot cocoa froth and salt-free, thankyouverymuch.  But she does like the hot cocoa recipe, sans salt and froth.


  1. This sounds great to me! Everyone in our area does beef cattle so I cannot seem to find a source of milk straight up.

  2. looks delicious! you will have to share your little secret source someday if they want more business!

  3. I"m not familiar with raw milk or raw cocoa (or the raw concept for that matter) at all...but this sure does look yummy! Gotta love hot cocoa on a damp and chilly day!

  4. I was just thinking about how I wanted hot cocoa but was sad because I was out of coconut milk. Then I remembered that had raw milk in the fridge! So I enjoyed a nice cup of cocoa. I tried it with a little bit of salt, delicious!

  5. That is terrific that you drink raw milk!! Your pictures are adorable, by the way, and I love your recipe! I am following you from the H&S hop and I hope you can follow me back at Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  6. Too cute :) It sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing this lovely post w/ the hearth and soul hop this week, Katie!

  7. Oh you really know the way to a girls heart don't you?!?!?!?! You had me at frothy!
    I even have some pink himalayan salt. Gotta try this!

  8. I always loved hot chocolate but never tried it with raw milk before. I just happen to have some in the fridge....I'll have to try it!

    Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop

  9. this looks delicious! don't you just love the vitamix? I use it to make soup all the time...just turn it on and let it get brilliant!

  10. That sounds seriously delicious. I do love my cocoa, and will have to try frothing it in a blender, not having that Vitamix appliance.

  11. It's always tricky trying to preserve the rawness of raw milk, isn't it? We stumble over it again and again - from hot choc to yogurt. I really appreciate your sharing this method with the Hearth and Soul hop. I'm your newest follower.

    Adorable pics!

  12. So, just to be sure I'm clear on this... the Vitamix actually heats up the milk? Wow! I had no idea they did that. For those of us who are vitamix-less, what would you recommend to heat (but not overheat) the raw milk?

  13. Yes, it does! :) I'd suggest heating it on a burner set to low and keep a thermometer in it. Remove it from heat at 104ยบ and all the enzymes will still be active.

  14. this is so nice post i like this a lot. i get a lot of information so thanks for this. i will try to my best to make this foods. i am really happy to read this post.

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  15. Awesome, Katie!! Made it with cold iraw milk n one of those manual hand frother thingies. :) Yum!!!

  16. So smart! Do you think it would work with a cheap blender?

  17. Hi!

    I've been really into cacao for a while now - when I saw your recipe, because you spelled it cocoa, I thought you were using something different than what I use. I was curious so clicked your Amazon link and realized we are talking about the same product! I looked around on the Internet a bit and now finally understand that cacao and cocoa are the same thing! Now I know :) Thank you for your amazing smoothie recipes - they are an inspiration to me right now as I am attempting to live a more raw lifestyle. Have a beautiful day.


  18. Chandra Short ChristensenApril 1, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Hi my son and I love this hot chocolate recipe!! :) I also make it in my Vitamix. I was wondering how long do you let it blend for before you stop it so it doesn't reach 105 degrees to ruin the raw milk?


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