I believe in miracles…since you came along, you sexy thing!

Yes, you too will believe in miracles after tasting this amazingly rich hot chocolate that is (here’s the miracle) healthy, skinny and good for you!  Grab your jingle balls because it’s that time of year again, Christmas! I love the festive season but it doesn’t half reek havoc with the old diet and healthy eating habits that you’ve worked so hard to establish all year.  Of course it’s fine to indulge once in a while, hell we’re only human but if you want to enjoy the festivities at a more frequent rate it doesn’t do any harm to shave off a few calories here and there if you can.  Whilst trawling the internet for a few healthy hacks on the old favourites, I found this recipe for a skinny hot chocolate and needless to say my attention was most certainly drawn!  Using a combination of skimmed milk, no added sugar cocoa powder and hazelnut spread for extra nuttiness and flavour, this hot chocolate recipe will make you feel naughty but oh so extremely nice 😛 Enjoy!

Hazelnut Hot Choc

 

Mug close up

 

 

Ingredients (serves 2 decent size mugs)

1 liter of skimmed milk

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (Green and Blacks works a treat)

2 tbsp Keen Hazelnut extremely dark chocolate nut butter (Nutella will do but we’re going all out healthy here)

2 tbsp preferred sweetener ( I used Canderel but honey, agave syrup or similar would work perfectly also)

 

Toppings

Marshmallows (Sainsbury’s do sugar free ones), hazelnuts, dark choc cocoa nibs and anything else you like on your hot chocolate!

 

Method

Heat the milk in a saucepan over a medium to high heat until steaming and just starting to bubble.  Add all ingredients apart from the toppings and simmer for a couple of minutes, whisking until everything is combined smoothly.

Take off the heat and pour steaming hot into Christmas mugs (that’s a must), plop in as many marshmallows as you can fit, sprinkle with chopped roasted hazelnuts, cocoa nibs or dust with a little cocoa powder, freshly grated nutmeg or cinnamon.  A masterpiece of chocolatey pleasure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Sharon Duffin Photography

Professional photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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