Back in the 2000s (can you believe that’s over a decade ago?), Tim Horton’s came out with a Winter-y drink called the Butter Caramel Hot Smoothie. I ordered one every time we found ourselves at Timmies (this was before I drank coffee). It was so deliciously sweet, warm, and creamy. I liked it even more than hot chocolate. The term “Hot Smoothie” didn’t even deter me; it was more like a hot sip – in the same category as a hot chocolate, but velvety smooth and white. Unfortunately, it was the equivalent of drinking flavored sugar, and probably to my betterment that they discontinued it.
I found myself craving one yesterday, and decided to make a Trim Healthy Mama-friendly version instead. The Butter Caramel Hot Sip recipe here tastes just like how I remember it, except this one is free of sugar and loaded with protein!
Great Lakes and Trim Healthy Mama collagen are my two favorite brands. The are both made from grass-fed beef, resulting in a very pure form of dairy-free protein. I usually keep Great Lakes collagen on hand because I find it dissolves easier in colder drinks, but since this is a hot drink that gets blitzed in the blender, you should have no trouble with clumping from either one.
Alternatively, you could add a scoop of whey protein powder instead for an even frothier drink!
If you’re not a coffee-drinker, but have always wanted to try the benefits of bullet-proof coffee, this Butter Caramel Hot Sip is your caffeine-free alternative. It’s loaded up with all the same healthy fats and protein, but offers a buttery caramel flavor instead of a coffee one.
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp xylitol
- 1 cup cashew milk
- 1 Tbsp collagen
- 1/2 tsp caramel extract
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- In a small saucepan, melt butter and xylitol together until butter is browned and xylitol has been dissolved. Add cashew milk to saucepan. Whisk, and bring to a simmer. Pour into a blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until frothy and enjoy immediately.