Healthy Hot Chocolate

 

'Tis the season for fuzzy socks and hot chocolate! 

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My daughter and I were reading a Christmas book this morning and I had this overwhelming desire for hot chocolate! So I whipped up warmth in a cup!

I did this last week too...but made the grave mistake of letting my almost 2-year old walk away with her mug of hot chocolate while I rinsed out the pot. And guess where it ended? All over my white rug, smeared all over the TV, wiped across our mirror, and I found tiny little chocolate finger prints all over our coach. 

 toddler-sized hot chocolate

toddler-sized hot chocolate

Coconut Whipped Cream Recipe

So word of advice: don't let your toddler drink hot chocolate unattended while you clean up the kitchen! #MajorMomFail

And before you open up a seemingly harmless packet of hot chocolate, consider the ingredients that come in that box:

sugar, modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglyderides, artificial flavor, carrageenan. Contains milk. 

Ummm what the what!? I can't even pronounce those ingredients, which violates one of my major food rules! If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it (unless it's quinoa)! ;)

Just make this healthy alternative instead! You can even top it off with some homemade coconut whipped cream like I did last week! And feel free to add more honey if you want it sweeter.

Total Time:  6 minutes

Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 6 minutes


Yield: 2
Level: Easy

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2 servings

Healthy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Warm the almond milk in a small saucepan, then whisk in the cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract.
  2. Whisk well to remove any lumps from the cocoa.
  3. Pour into a cute mug, top with a dash of cinnamon (or whipped cream), and enjoy!