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Bookmark This: A Spiked Cozy Collagen Cocktail Recipe From An RD

Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN
Registered Dietitian
By Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN
Registered Dietitian
Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise.
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Last updated on July 2, 2021

When the temperatures start dropping, there's nothing like a hot beverage to warm you up. This cozy treat is a healthier take on hot chocolate that's also enhanced with collagen powder, which helps support healthy hair, skin, and nails.* I love working with collagen because it melts right in—especially when you're adding it to warm beverages. I often add it to my morning coffee, but it can also make a nice addition to a seasonal cocktail. 

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Not to mention with this blend of collagen powder and organic cocoa, it can be a delicious way to sneak some protein and antioxidants into your day.* mbg's chocolate beauty & gut collagen+ contains vitamins C and E, biotin, turmeric, and SGS—plus the amino acid L-glutamine for gut health.* The chocolate version is made with organic cocoa powder (the recipe calls for a touch extra for an even richer chocolate taste) and organic monk fruit extract, for a subtle sweetness with no aftertaste.

I get a lot of questions about which types of alcoholic beverages are the healthiest, and I always say that it's really best to think about what you will find the most satisfying and be able to enjoy mindfully. That said, please enjoy responsibly! I think this recipe pairs really well with a dark, sweeter spirit like bourbon or rye, but feel free to use what you prefer. (Note: This is also a delicious "anytime treat" if you skip the booze.) 

Spiked Collagen Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened oat milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Optional: additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of allulose, maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 scoop mbg chocolate beauty & gut collagen+
  • 2 ounces bourbon**

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together milk, oat milk, cacao powder, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and collagen over medium heat. Sweeten, if needed, to taste. 
  2. When the hot chocolate begins to boil, remove from heat and stir in the bourbon. 
  3. Divide among 4 small mugs. Enjoy immediately. 
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**Variations: Use any brown liquor you prefer, or try a cacao or coffee liqueur for extra flavor. You can also enjoy this without alcohol. 

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Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN
Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN
Registered Dietitian

Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN, is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise. She received her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, and a dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Her writing has been featured in Forbes and Shape. Her book, The Little Book of Game-Changers: 50 Healthy Habits for Managing Stress & Anxiety, offers simple hacks that help her patients and clients reach their goals and nurture their mental, physical, and emotional health, even when life becomes hectic.