Before you conclude that the notion of putting garlic in hot chocolate is completely nuts, hear us out! It’s not just any garlic, it’s black garlic!
Black garlic is cooked low and slow for several days, resulting in caramelized cloves that turn black, sticky, and sweet. Its flavor is nothing like that of regular garlic, and surprisingly enough, pairs well with sweet flavors (ESPECIALLY chocolate!).
This hot chocolate recipe, sans garlic, is one I’ve been making for our family for a while now. I add collagen powder to it, which not only provides extra protein and other nutrient benefits, but it helps to make the drink super frothy. If you don’t have collagen or choose not to use it, this hot chocolate will still be super yum without. Collagen is an optional addition, though I recommend it!
Adding a little black garlic to my regular hot chocolate was a fun idea I had one day and couldn’t wait to test. Turns out, it adds a depth of flavor and melds very well with chocolate. An added bonus is all the nutritional benefits of garlic, which include boosting immunity, lowering cholesterol, and disease protection (from a hefty dose of antioxidants). As always, we encourage you to do your own research regarding the health benefits of any food; we’re farmers, not doctors – we just have a passion for healthy eating!
Black Garlic Hot Chocolate
Not your average cup of hot chocolate! This homemade version is made with healthy ingredients, no refined sugar (other than a little bit from the chocolate chips), and has a major taste + health boost from the addition of a few cloves of sticky, sweet black garlic.
- 2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any milk will work; this is our fave)
- 2 tbs. cocoa, cacao, or carob powder
- 2 tbs. collagen powder (we use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides), optional
- 1 tbs. raw honey
- pinch of sea salt
- 5 cloves black garlic, peeled
- 2 tbs. chocolate chips
- Pour almond milk into small saucepan and heat over medium until simmering.
- Meanwhile, add cocoa powder, collagen (if using), honey, sea salt, and black garlic to a blender. Set blender aside.
- When almond milk is hot, remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted.
- Add chocolatey milk mixture to blender. Blitz on high until incorporated, venting the lid as necessary to let steam escape.
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