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Healthy Snacks: Vegan Peppermint Hot Cocoa

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I have fond childhood memories of dunking candy canes in hot chocolate while watching Christmas specials on TV.  As a college student, each November I looked forward to the day when Starbucks busted out its red cups, so I could get a peppermint mocha. I still love the combination of peppermint and chocolate, so I was thrilled to find out a way to make a healthy, vegan version of one of my all-time favorite holiday treats.

Vegan Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

Serves 1

1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

3/4 tsp. coconut oil*

1/8 tsp.  peppermint extract (a little bit goes a long way!)

1 tbl. raw cacao powder

1/2 tsp. (or more) stevia or sweetener of choice

*This recipe can be made without coconut oil, but a little oil helps replace the thick creaminess of traditional luxury cocoa made with dairy.

Directions:

In a small pot, warm almond milk, coconut oil, and peppermint extract.  Be careful not to let the milk boil.

Add dry ingredients to mug.  Once your liquid ingredients are warm (I usually look for steam), pour them over the dry ingredients in your mug and whisk well.

peppermint hot cocoa

The perfect treat for a cold, December morning.

 Also see: 5 Best Vegan Holiday Beers

Best Vegan Winter Drinks

The Daily Grind: Health Benefits of Coffee

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Photo: Elena’s Kitchen via Flickr, Mary Hood

Mary Hood Luttrell

Mary Hood Luttrell

Beauty Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.
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