Looking for a kidney friendly substitute for hot chocolate to warm you up this winter? This creamy and delicious beverage is soothing served warm, but is equally delicious over ice!
We used rice milk in this recipe. If you can’t find unenriched rice milk, we recommend substituting almond milk. Always remember to check for phosphorus additives in plant-based milk!
Molasses- a sweetener that’s also a great source of Iron
We love adding blackstrap molasses because it is a rich source of Iron. It’s also a great sweetener without adding too much sugar. Worried about the potassium content of blackstrap molasses? A little goes a long way so it’s easy not to overdo! This recipe only contains ~150 mg of Potassium per serving. Feel free to tailor this recipe to your liking by adding a touch of vanilla extract, maple syrup, or some additional spices such as cloves or nutmeg!Print
Looking for a kidney friendly substitute for hot chocolate to warm you up this winter? This creamy and delicious drink is soothing served warm, but is equally delicious over ice!
Recipe developed and tested by Jessica Prohn, MS, RD, CSR, LDN
- 1 cup unsweetened rice milk
- 1/2 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- dash of ground cinnamon
1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and place on the stove over medium-low heat, warming the milk enough while being careful to not let mixture boil over.
2. For a frothy milk, pour mixture in a blender and blend for 10-15 seconds.
3. Pour into a mug and enjoy warm or add some ice cubes for iced molasses milk.
Optional: add honey or maple syrup for sweetness, a sprinkle of sea salt, vanilla extract, or additional spices such as cloves, allspice, and/or anise for more depth of flavor.
When looking for a rice milk, be sure to choose unenriched rice milk to avoid phosphorus additives.
If you cannot find rice milk without additives, you can easily substitute almond milk. Just be sure to watch for phos in the ingredient list.
KidneyRD Verdict on this warming kidney friendly beverage
The weather is getting pretty cold here in New England. This molasses milk warmed me right up and was a soothing and creamy treat for my taste buds and my soul! I thought this recipe was perfectly sweet as it is, and the coconut oil adds a great depth of flavor. If you try this recipe, please let us know what you think in the comments below!