Looking for a warm, holiday-licious beverage that won’t wreck your figure? Look no further! You can allow yourself to enjoy this special treat during the holidays as a way to enjoy the flavors of the season – without being Grinch-like to your healthy eating goals.

Keep in mind, there’s nothing ‘Swiss’ or ‘Miss’ about this recipe. In fact, upon first sip, your taste buds will be in for a surprise. This is because the recipe calls for unsweetened cocoa powder. Thus, the concoction will have a slightly bitter taste – not unlike black coffee. But there’s also a subtle richness in the flavor (a richness that won’t add to your waistline) – along with the blissful taste of real cocoa.

To add interest (and some seasonal zest), mini candy canes (1 for each cup) can be used as stirrers and will sweeten the mixture up –  but not in an overpowering way. Yes, this Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate might be classified as a treat that’s an acquired taste, but it’s become of a favorite of mine (and friends I make it for). So why not be adventurous and try something new (that’s also happens to be good for your commitment to healthy eating)?

8 cups 2% Reduced Fat Milk
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
8 Mini Candy Canes

Warm the milk on low heat on stove. Add the cocoa and mix with a whisk. When mixture gets hot (but before it boils), remove from heat and pour into 8 different coffee or cocoa mugs. Add 1 small candy cane on the side of the cup as a decoration (as well as to sweeten the mixture when used as a stirrer). Serves 8.


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5 Responses to “Recipe: Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate”

  1. Sandy says:

    Yummy!! Thank you

  2. Lisa croft says:

    Hi Greg,
    Happy New Year, I love this cocoa recipe. What a great idea–leave out the sugar and add a candy cane! I love hot cocoa but often think it is too sweet anyway.

  3. Gregg says:

    So glad you like the recipe, Lisa. Thanks for your feedback. And please — save me a candy cane! 😉

  4. Jessica says:

    Gregg…you are amazing! I just wanted to tell you that. I just read your Huffington Post article…sooooo great! That type of attitude is what we constantly need to remind ourselves about, no matter what shape or size we are. Awesome work and congrats on your big debut! Everyone needs to know how great you are…

  5. Gregg says:

    Thank you very much for such a nice response and comment! I really appreciate it as my goal is to get the word out and let everyone know they can accomplish anything they set their mind to. We’re all in this together after all! 😉

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