High Protein Hot Chocolate – 2 ways


I felt this post was appropriate because the super cold weather we’re getting in Toronto lately has me craving warm and comforting foods. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat ice cream in the dead of winter but sometimes you don’t want to put on a big sweater and thick socks just to get your sweet fix. This is a high protein hot chocolate recipe I’ve been enjoying.  Growing up, I always loved coming inside to a warm cup of hot chocolate after playing in the snow or helping to shovel the driveway (for about 5 minutes). You know, one of the pre-made mixes with the tiny hard marshmallows. I’m pretty sure I liked the idea of it more than the actual taste because I would almost never finish it, which is saying something coming from the kid who used to put white sugar on her ice cream.    
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Healthy Vegan Nutella – in 1 minute

Healthy vegan Nutella or ‘fauxtella’. Because hazelnuts and chocolate were meant to be together <3

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Do you ever get a strong hankering for nutella but have none on hand or have decided that the 1/2 jar you consumed the other day was probably enough for the week? I hadn’t had nutella in years until my husband excitedly brought home 2 tiny sample packs a couple of weeks ago. I put one on my morning oats and it was just as awesome as I remembered but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy a jar because; a) I don’t really want to have it in my house whispering to me from the cupboard and b) it’s not exactly the best thing I could be putting into my body on the daily. So, I set out to create a healthy replacement that I could make in about a minute to get my nutella fix without all the added sugar.
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Sweet Cherry Bombs

-Go confidently in the direction of your (2)

 BOOM! I discovered a way to combine two of my favourite desserts, chocolate and cherries, into one ball of deliciousness. I make all kinds of dessert balls and one of my favourite combos is chocolate with dried cherries. I hardly ever make them though because dried cherries are hard to find and very pricey.

I was drifting off to sleep one night and I must have had dessert on my mind (what else is new?) because I jolted up and nudged my husband awake and said, “I know, I’ll make dessert balls with whole cherries inside them!”. He didn’t share my enthusiasm but after making them, I can confirm that this was, in fact, important enough to wake him up for. Grab some cherries while they’re still (sort of) in season and make these!
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