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I love the holidays and am quick to break out my sweaters, string up various shiny decorations, all while warming up a mug of something warm to sip. We all love our bone broth, but you’ve just gotta treat yourself sometimes. Nothing is better for that than hot chocolate, or Paleo AIP hot chocolate in this case.

Hot Chocolate” is problematic for a few reason if you’re Paleo or following the Autoimmune Protocol. For one, it’s most often made with conventional whole milk (hello, GMO corn-fed, CAFO, sad cows) and made with lots of sugar and chocolate, both of which are off limits of the autoimmune protocol.

My gut health issues are literally life long, and though I’ve come a tremendously long way, I still just can’t pop into any ol’ coffee shop and get a hot chocolate without suffering consequences. It’s not worth it, and it’s not really even necessary when you plan properly!

That’s where this recipe for Paleo Autoimmune Protocol hot chocolate comes in…

AIP Hot Chocolate (Paleo, AIP, Dairy Free)

Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it’s so close to the real thing! It’s super rich and creamy, and really hits the spot for a craving on this traditional treat.

So, how does one do “chocolate” on AIP? Say hello to my new favorite Paleo/ AIP pantry staple, Carob powder.

Carob powder is cheap, AIP, Paleo, and tastes just like chocolate. I sub it for chocolate in AIP mug muffins, chocolate avocado mousse, and even add it to my smoothies if I’m feeling spicy. Get it here on Amazon if you don’t have it yet, and I promise that you’ll thank me!

This hot chocolate also wouldn’t be the same without it, along with coconut cream which helps make it nice and creamy, even without the dairy!

Last but not least, I’ve given this hot chocolate a bit of a face lift since I first shared it and added in vital proteins collagen powder.

Collagen from grass-fed cows is amazing for gut health support, as well as hair, skin and nail health. It literally disappears in liquid, and doesn’t have any taste. It’s the perfect boost to this hot chocolate, and instantly elevates this from just a treat, to an added healing food.

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Paleo Autoimmune Protocol Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp carob powder
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp collagen powder


  1. Add coconut milk to a small sauce pan and begin to heat on med/low heat for about 4 minutes
  2. Add in coconut cream and whisk until combined and melted
  3. Stir in carob powder, collagen, and maple sugar and whisk vigorously until there are not more clumps
  4. Top with extra coconut cream if desired, and enjoy!

AIP Paleo Hot "Chocolate"

There you have it! Creamy, chocolately, and totally compliant with a healing diet. I’m going to be enjoying this baby on many a cold night this winter.

Is hot chocolate one of your cold weather favorites? Have you ever had carob?

This recipe was shared on the Phoenix Helix AIP Recipe Roundtable and featured on the top 100 AIP Recipes!