We are now officially in the festive season and that means comforting and warming drinks and of course chocolate. This lightened up Healthy Peppermint Hot Chocolate has less sugar than most. That hint of peppermint is sure to get you in the festive mood.
Whilst we love relaxing at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine, there is just something about a warm mug of hot chocolate that fills us with joy and takes us back to being a kid again. Settle down on the sofa on a cold winter night with a mug of something that whole family will love.
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Happy December everyone! Can we officially get excited about Christmas now? I think we can. I can’t believe it is the last month of the year already. November was a bit of a whirlwind, what with becoming parents for the first time and all, so we are hoping to have a bit more of a relaxed December – as relaxed as the festive season can be.
To kick off December, we have our first festive recipe of the year and not only is it a super delicious one, but it’s so easy to make as well. You literally just throw everything in a pan and heat it up.
Chocolate and peppermint is such a classic Christmas flavour combination and whilst we usually eat it together in cookies or brownies, all these cold nights we have been having have had us craving hot chocolate and we have been experimenting with different flavours. We have a spiced orange version coming up soon too!
If you find yourself spending all our hard earned pennies on festive drinks from a certain well know coffee shop, then give this a try next time the craving for one of them hits. It’s just as tasty, much better for you and better for your wallet too.
Whilst coffee shops seem to have a whole list of milk options to give you, none of them make their drinks with a2 Milk, which is what we always use in our house. Since swapping to a2 Milk, there really has been a noticeable difference to how we feel and this is probably due to its help in the production of antioxidants. A new study shows that the consumption of cows’ milk containing only the A2 type of beta casein protein (a2 Milk) compared to conventional milk significantly increased the natural production of antioxidant glutathione (GSH).
a2 Milk can be used just the same as regular milk in all your recipes. So, it’s not like using an alternative flour, where you have to adapt the recipe. If you, or someone you live with, thinks that they are lactose intolerant, it might actually be the A1 protein in milk that they can’t digest. a2 Milk has that removed, and it doesn’t taste any different.
If you fancy trying some out, they currently have a limited offer where they will send you a voucher for a free bottle of a2 Milk if you sign up to their newsletter. There are only 5,000 available, so go sign up straight away!
We have so many exciting Christmas recipes coming up. Lightened up cupcakes, hearty winter soups, a seasonal smoothie and some side dishes to keep everyone happy at the Christmas dinner table. Make sure you have signed up to our mailing list to get notified of the new recipes!
Healthy Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ingredients – Serves 2:
– 400ml/1.75 Cup Skimmed a2 Milk
– 100ml/0.5 Cup Light coconut milk
– 2 tbsp honey
– 2 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1 tbsp peppermint extract
– Whipped cream and candy canes to serve (optional)
1) Pour the a2 Milk and coconut milk in to a saucepan and bring to the boil.
2) Stir in the remaining ingredients and turn down to a simmer for 5 minutes.
3) Pour in to mugs and serve.
Nutritional Information – per person:
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 10
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**This Healthy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe was commissioned by a2 Milk, however, all opinions are my own**