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Bulletproof Hot Chocolate?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I'm currently drinking a mug of "hot chocolate" (made with coconut oil, raw cacao powder and hot water) and wondering if this could be a good bulletproof substitute for those who can't stomach coffee. I drink green tea with a tsp of coconut oil every morning. It's alright but I wouldn't mind changing it up every once in a while. I always feel great after my cacao drink, moreso than green tea. It's more satisfying, gives me more energy, tastes better and makes me feel very "centred". Wouldn't mind mixing it up in the morning.

I don't know a lot about cacao, the science involved or how well it would compliment IF. So what do ye think? Advantages/disadvantages?

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on January 07, 2013
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Coffee sometimes upsets my stomach, usually when I drink it black and on an empty stomach. I don't drink cacao enough to say.

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on January 07, 2013
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The trick to softening the taste of cacao powder without adding any sweeteners, is to have a little more coconut oil/milk. And a dash of cinnamon I'd imagine wouldn't hurt.

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on January 07, 2013
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I mostly use ingredients intuitively, but here it is roughly: Dig out 2 generous tsp of coconut oil and put it into a mug. Add 1 heaped tsp cacao powder and pour on hot water to the top. Stir so that the coconut oil mets. So simple! I use this brand of cacao powder, but they're all pretty much the same (as long as it's not weird cheap processed stuff): http://ie.iswari.net/Store/tabid/63/ProdID/30/Raw_Cacao_Powder.aspx

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I find that if I use enough coconut oil/milk, it's sweet enough. Cacao and hot water on their own is just nasty. I imagine it would taste good with added stevia/honey, however I doubt that would compliment a fasted/ketogenic state. I like to keep things simple, anyway. Thanks for the link.

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on January 07, 2013
at 05:38 PM

If that is all you are putting in it (i.e. no sweeteners) than it's probably fine. I am not on the "Bulletproof" train, but plenty of people seem to like it.

PHD is a fan of chocolate -- http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/11/chocolate-what-is-the-optimal-dose/

If it works for you, and you keep it in moderation, than I wouldn't sweat it.

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on January 07, 2013
at 05:47 PM

I find that if I use enough coconut oil/milk, it's sweet enough. Cacao and hot water on their own is just nasty. I imagine it would taste good with added stevia/honey, however I doubt that would compliment a fasted/ketogenic state. I like to keep things simple, anyway. Thanks for the link.

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on January 07, 2013
at 08:24 PM

I'm fairly new to Paleo - this post interested me as I'm craving an alternative to hot tea every now and then. Does drinking the bulletproof coffee and this hot chocolate version bother your stomach? I'm having a hard time processing in my brain how I can drink the healthy fats and not get an upset stomach? I guess its really the same thing as eating them - just a mental thing maybe?

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on January 07, 2013
at 09:10 PM

Coffee sometimes upsets my stomach, usually when I drink it black and on an empty stomach. I don't drink cacao enough to say.

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:59 PM

I've been making a fudge and adding a chunk into my bp coffee a couple times a week, and adding the same to warm milk for hot chocolate.

Basically its the same as your method, but the Fudge/chocolate is an easy way to store and portion it out. I've been using the bulletproof products but add sweetener so it's not a drink for intermittent fasting.

The cocoa powder is really tough for me to stomach without some sweetener. I've done standard bulletproof coffee with cacao butter, and it tastes chocolatey but causes some gas/bloating without fail. I'll bet the butter would taste great with tea.

Lately I get more inventive making the fudge, investing a little more time for an easy hot chocolate through the week. I'll melt fats, some combo of cacao butter, coconut oil, butter or ghee. I'll weigh the fat and add .04 X by weight of sweeteners, lately honey and/or maple syrup. After combining those, I add cocoa powder, equal in weight to the fat, adding a teaspoon of vanilla. It tastes best after a day in the fridge. I use these numbers to give me an 80% dark chocolate fudge.

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on January 07, 2013
at 09:08 PM

The trick to softening the taste of cacao powder without adding any sweeteners, is to have a little more coconut oil/milk. And a dash of cinnamon I'd imagine wouldn't hurt.

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on June 28, 2013
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on January 07, 2013
at 07:18 PM

I don't always want coffee, so my go-to alternative is "Choffy" - roasted and brewed cocoa beans. It's absolutely delicious and decadent, somewhere at the intersection of hot cocoa and coffee, with lots of theobromine benefits and no jitters! You can get a similar brand called Crio Bru on Amazon, or go to drinkchoffy.com for the original.

(I don't work for either brand, just a fan!)

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on January 07, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Wondering what it would be like if you made it like BP coffee with 1T butter, and 1T coconut oil, and blended it, nice and frothy? Think I will try it!

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on July 22, 2013
at 10:55 PM

I wanted to make "real" chocolate bars with Upgraded (TM) chocolate and cocoa butter. It was a lot of work, but I came up with a new system that doesn't require days of conching the chocolate in an expensive machine. You can read about it here: http://carbwars.blogspot.com/2013/07/bulletproof-chocolate.html

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on January 07, 2013
at 05:44 PM

I am going to try it too. I need to get more coconut oil into my diet. Do you mind posting a more exact recipe- how much water, and what brand cacao powder?

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on January 07, 2013
at 05:53 PM

I mostly use ingredients intuitively, but here it is roughly: Dig out 2 generous tsp of coconut oil and put it into a mug. Add 1 heaped tsp cacao powder and pour on hot water to the top. Stir so that the coconut oil mets. So simple! I use this brand of cacao powder, but they're all pretty much the same (as long as it's not weird cheap processed stuff): http://ie.iswari.net/Store/tabid/63/ProdID/30/Raw_Cacao_Powder.aspx

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on January 07, 2013
at 05:39 PM

That sounds amazing! Thanks for putting that idea in my head, I may try some later.

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