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Lean and Laced Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Hot cocoa is a staple of the winter and a fun and delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat. We recently learned a fun way to create a healthy hot chocolate from Valerie Cogswell, Nutrition Chef. In this Lean and Laced Hot Cocoa recipe, you can enjoy a rich and chocolaty treat that is loaded with Power Crunch Proto Whey Protein to help stay lean and boost the metabolism.

Stock the bar with healthier toppings like toasted nuts, real light whipped cream, and protein-rich chopped Power Crunch Milk or Dark Choklat Energy Bars. For a grown-up twist, add just a splash of flavored vodka or amaretto to keep the calories at bay. At around 200 calories and 21 grams of protein per serving, this fun and decadent party option will be an instant game day ritual! Check out the recipe and enjoy!

Power Crunch Lean & Laced Hot Cocoa “Bar”

By Nutrition Chef Valerie Cogswell

6 servings: makes 9 ½ cups

1 ½ cups per serving

Nutrition information per serving (not including alcohol or additional garnishes)

Calories per serving: 201

Protein per serving: 21 grams

Carbohydrates per serving: 16 grams

Fat per serving: 6.5 grams


12 scoops Power Crunch Proto Whey Double Chocolate Protein Powder

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6 cups unsweetened almond milk

3 cups water

2 heaping tablespoons all natural, unsweetened cocoa

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

3 pinches sea salt

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Amaretto or flavored vodka (marshmallow, vanilla, whip cream, cake, etc.) – Optional

Garnishes for the Hot Cocoa Bar:

All natural light whipped cream in the can

Power Crunch Milk & Dark Choklat Protein Energy Bars, chopped

Toasted nuts (almond, peanuts, pecans, pinenuts), chopped

Rainbow nonpareils



  1. Combine all ingredients (except alcohol) with a whisk in a big pot until smooth over medium heat. As cocoa begins to get hot, whisk constantly. Once cocoa is hot throughout, remove from heat.
  2. Stir in alcohol if desired. Because amaretto and flavored vodkas are very sweet and high in calories, add just a little at a time and taste as you go. Or just add a small splash to individual mugs.
  3. Top with a dollop of light whipped cream and desired garnishes. Enjoy!

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