Healthier Peppermint Hot Cocoa (that is still delicious)

Hi Everyone!

Today I’d like to share this recipe for a slightly healthier hot cocoa recipe, with the twist of peppermint! Yum! This is so delicious, and much healthier than any kind of processed hot chocolate mix at the store. 

Around the holiday season, hot chocolate is a popular drink of choice for a special dessert or treat.  But when hot cocoa mix is filled with chemicals and unnecessary additives, it really isn’t hot cocoa. After all, it is hot cocoa, not hot artificial flavoring!

In one hot cocoa mix box, I found these ingredients:


Yuck! I don’t know about you, but usually I don’t cook with modified whey, diglycerides, and sucralose. Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t sound like a tasty mug of cocoa. 

I have tried many recipes for a homemade hot cocoa, but this is by far my favorite. The slight mint flavor is something I love, but you could add cinnamon instead or leave it out all together. For a tasty treat, try adding a dollop of homemade whipped cream on top- yum!

Without further ado, enjoy this recipe, and please stay tuned for my new Facebook page and Pinterest account coming soon! 🙂 As always, please share with family and friends if you love healthy food too, and Happy Holidays!

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa

SERVES 2- 10 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 – 2 cups milk
  • 2 tbs. special dark cocoa or cacao
  • 1 tbs. local maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • 1 tbs. good quality dark chocolate (preferably higher than 70%)
  • 1/2 tbs. coconut oil

Instructions:

Start off by making the chocolate sauce with the dark cocoa and maple syrup. Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate, and add that to the sauce. Next, warm the milk in a pot on the stove or in the microwave, and add in the chocolate sauce with the peppermint and whisk to combine. Pour into holiday mugs and top with homemade whipped cream and enjoy! 🙂


Apple Spiced Oatmeal (a perfect winter breakfast!) 

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m sharing a new healthy, easy recipe for a warm, hot breakfast. Oatmeal is one of my favorite meals to make any time of the year, but when it is snowy and the temperatures dip down low, it is an especially perfect choice. There are so many varieties out there (honey raisin, pumpkin, blueberry, the list goes on) but this is by far my favorite. The carmelized spiced apples are a great addition, and this keeps me full for hours. 

This is also a great recipe to make for a crowd- double or triple the recipe for family that is visiting and a healthy, delicious recipe will be ready in minutes. You could also halve the recipe and microwave the oatmeal, if you’re short on time. All in all, this is just one of my favorite meals to make and I hope you enjoy it too!

Happy Holidays! What’s your favorite winter breakfast to make and share? Please leave in the comments below! 🙂


Apple Spiced Oatmeal  

SERVES 2- 20 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole grain oats
  • 2 cups whole, organic milk (see my post on this subject for why) 
  • 1 organic apple, chopped (preferably the honey crisp variety)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1-2 tbs. pure maple syrup or honey (however much you like)
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil (or grass fed butter)

Steps:

In a small saucepan, add the coconut oil and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer on medium low heat, and then add in chopped apples and half of the spices. Cook for 5 minutes, or until apples have softened to your liking. Set aside, and add the milk and oats to a small pot. Bring to a light boil, and then turn to medium low, simmering for 10 minutes. Add in the rest of the spice, and pour into your favorite holiday bowl or mug. Top with the chopped apple mixture, and stir to combine. Optionally, top with sliced raw almonds, raw apples, and chia seeds or enjoy on its own. Share with friends, and bon appetit! 🙂