A Healthier Holiday Through Hot Chocolate Moments

Can you feel it? It’s creeping up on me – that sense that there’s never enough time, that the lists are too long, that the holiday hassles are homing in. On. Me.

If you’re anything like me, you have high expectations of yourself in the holiday season. You’re crafty, you’re talented, you’re compassionate. You expect yourself to make, bake, and create the perfect gift for everyone on your list, to host the perfect cocktail/dinner/dessert party, to do it all within budget, on time, and while looking fabulous. Well, you do, don’t you?

And that, my friend, is a recipe for anything BUT a healthy holiday.

So, this year year, my goal is to slow down, let things go, and enjoy the simple moments – like hot chocolate with my kiddo. Because, really, aren’t the holidays really all about the ones you love?

I could go on and spend a long time writing some nostalgic post about my grandma’s hot chocolate made in the cast iron skillet. But, I have a date to read Box Car Children. You’ll have to survive with just a recipe. :)

Hot Chocolate with the One I Love

Hot Chocolate with the One I Love

Homemade Hot Chocolate

1 T. coconut oil
3 T. cocoa powder
2.5 T. agave syrup
2 cups almond milk
1 t. vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over low heat. Add cocoa powder and agave. Stir until smooth. Slowly whisk in almond milk. Turn heat up to medium and whisk while heating until hot chocolate is smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.

Share with a loved one in your life.

This post is part of the Gluten Free Holiday 2010 series – installment 1 – Staying Healthy Through the Holidays.

Find more slightly indulgent recipes at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free – Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

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10 Responses to A Healthier Holiday Through Hot Chocolate Moments

  1. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan says:

    What a sweet picture! And I’m absolutely loving the look of this hot chocolate recipe. Wonder if I could raw-ify it and make WARM chocolate :P Seems like it’d work!

  2. Almond milk really does make the best hot chocolate! What a cutie with his hot chocolate!

  3. Sophie says:

    MMMMMMM,..Your home made hot chocolate looks amazing & so lovely!!

    Your son is a cuty! Look at those wonderful blue eyes!

  4. Lori says:

    This sounds great- and guilt free- unless you drink countless cups of these. ;)

    Definitely a recipe for a healthy holidays.

  5. Ricki says:

    What an amazing photo! And the hot chocolate sounds wonderfully warming and chocolately. Thanks so much for joining in the GF Holiday fun! :D

  6. Lexie says:

    GREAT PHOTO! Love the blue eyes. Mine have them, too. Don’t you just get lost in them sometimes!? Thanks for the easy hot cocoa recipe : )

  7. Jenn says:

    What an adorable photo!!! I think slowing down with some hot chocolate is a great idea :)

  8. Annette says:

    This is delicious! My children thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make.

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