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!
I started out by browning butter and xylitol together in a saucepan for a butter-y base. (You could use Gentle Sweet instead, but in half the amount.)
Great Lakes and Trim Healthy Mama collagen are my two favorite brands. They 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.