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Healthier Hot Chocolate

Most of the country is being drenched in snow right now while California is still enjoying 80 degree temps! Though the warm weather is always pleasant… sometimes it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit when you still have your beach gear out!

 

One of our favorite ways to help get ready for the holidays is with some classic holiday treats! Everyone in the family LOVES hot chocolate but the powdered pre-made stuff is never as satisfying as the real deal… and even better… it’s super easy to make your own hot chocolate that is A LOT healthier than traditional recipes. Dairy-free makes this hot chocolate easier on tummies and minimal sugar is useful when Willow wants some at night.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups  Your favorite almond milk – plain/unsweetened vanilla works! (Better yet, you can also make your own! See my post on how to make your own almond milk HERE)

1 tbsp Unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tbsp Semi-sweet/dark chocolate

2 tbsp Raw sugar/stevia/honey/maple syrup  

¼-½ tsp Vanilla extract/peppermint extract (or a candy cane/cinnamon stick if you’re going crazy!)

 

Directions:

  1. Warm almond milk in a small saucepan (you want it hot but not boiling)
  2. Melt in the chocolate while whisking
  3. Whisk in cocoa powder, the sweetener, and extract
  4. Optional: place in blender or coffee press and blend or pump (this should be done quickly to mimic a blender) until frothy

 

Notes: Hot chocolate is super customizable so feel free to add/detract ingredients depending on how you and the family like it!

 

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