Some nights I just want to throw stuff into my small 2 quart crockpot and have a warm drink for the kids when we wake up. This recipe is a great, low effort take on a classic winter comfort drink, and so easy!
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sweetener
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
cream, milk, or nut milk
(optional) 1 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or date syrup for depth of flavor
(optional) 1/4 tsp beetroot powder–my kids like to have pink cocoa 🙂
Combine cocoa powder, salt, sweetener, beet powder, and syrup/honey in crockpot.
Fill crockpot to the top with water. Whisk as well as you can (it won’t incorporate perfectly) and set crockpot on low overnight.
In the morning add vanilla extract. Blend in a bullet or use immersion blender for frothiness.
Spoon into mugs and serve with cream, milk, or nut milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
It’s been so long since I’ve been to Starbucks that I don’t even know if these are available anymore, but 10 years ago this was my favorite. I have finally found an amazing, healthy recipe to replace the insanely high sugar original.
Hey, folks! I’ve been keeping healthy gummies and chocolates in stock for when the kids need a quick snack, but yesterday we ran out of our homemade peanut butter cups (recipe coming soon). I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with making a solid milk chocolate, so this was a lot of fun!
1TspMoringa greens powder or collagen powderOptional, I just like packing it in for the kids
1/4Cup Raw AlmondsWhole or crushed
1/4CupHeavy whipping cream
With a mortar and pestle or rolling pin, crush the almonds into a coarse consistency.
In a microwave safe bowl combine butter and coconut oil. Microwave for 15-30 seconds. If butter and oil are soft already you can skip this. We don't want melted, only softened, so watch it closely.
Mash the two together with a fork.
Add cream and vanilla and mix.
Add cocoa powder, greens powder, and erythritol. Stir the dry ingredientd in well. You should have a pretty, milk chocolate with a mousse-like consistency.
For setting the chocolate, either line a container with parchment paper or use plastic or silicone, something that you can pop the chocolate out of easily. Mix the almonds into your chocolate or spread them on top afterwards.
Using a spatula or spoon, spread the mixture evenly in your container or mold. Place in the fridge to set for 4-6 hours.
Remove from refrigerator. Pull parchment paper out and, with a sharp knife, slice into squares.
We are getting ready to go on our anniversary camping trip soon, and camping and cocoa seem to go hand in hand. With all the allergy and intolerance problems that my family has, the quest for good hot chocolate has been a long, drawn out one. After much trial and error, however, I have finally found a winner! This recipe–originally invented for my husband, toddler and I–is both delicious and low carb as is. Of course, you can always experiment with ingredients until you find something that works for you.
Admittedly I’ve never really measured all the ingredients for this–I just eyeball it until it looks right. We pour this into giant mugs and a Pura Kiki sippy cup for my daughter, so the servings vary. Any of the above modifications could be added for an additional kick. This is a great way to sneak in some extra fat with the addition of oil, cream or butter. Heck, I’ve even used this to give my daughter medicine. It’s just such a fun winter treat and it feels great to have a guilt-free version that I’m eager to whip up for family and friends. I hope that you love it as much as we do!
I’m a stay at home mom. I didn’t even think that I could have kids and yet here I am watching my 16 month old toddler wobble around while she babbles at my 3 month old. Being a parent is the best thing in the world. I wake up to kisses, get to read, sing, and change diapers all day, and go to sleep with a giggling goofball. It’s not all roses–I also deal with the tired tears in the afternoon and tantrums–but it’s pretty great. On weekends we hang out with daddy. On holidays we go on family adventures. When it’s warm we hike and play outside, and when it’s cold I get cuddles and cocoa.
My role, in theory, is simple: I get to play homemaker and spend time taking care of my family. I’m responsible for their well-being as well as nurturing growth and development. It isn’t easy or glamorous, and it’s certainly a lot easier in theory than it is in practice, but it certainly is rewarding. I haven’t been doing it long, but it seems to me that parenting is primarily guesswork–just wing it and hope it goes well. Throw enough at the wall and eventually something will stick. My job is to try and make sure these girls flourish, but I mostly days I feel like it’ll be a miracle if we all make it to bedtime.
So anyway, here I am, simply sharing my perspective and hoping that someone can benefit from it. I am here to share what I’ve learned–and am still learning–through trial and error.
Join me on my journey as I ride the rollercoaster of parenthood. I’ll share my experiences with different parenting topics such as nutrition, breastfeeding and co-sleeping, explore a variety of arts and crafts that my two kids and I attempt, and will use my family as guinea pigs as I experiment with recipes to share. I look forward to sharing our family adventures!