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Perfect Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Well, this one goes down in the books as one of the BEST fake outs I’ve ever made!! I can’t take all the credit because I got the idea for peanut butter hot chocolate from MissGlamorazzi on YouTube. Although it looked AMAZING….her version used whole milk, cocoa mix with sugar, real peanut butter, whipped cream, and topped with mini reese’s peanut butter cups. I quit calculating the calories at the whole milk. As much as I would love to be able to drink a beverage like that on a regular basis I just don’t have the calorie bank for it. Plus, who wants to bust their diet on one cup of hot chocolate. Not me. So, it got me thinking….how can I “redo” this recipe and make it something that I could enjoy without the guilt. The result…trust me on this…will make you SING!!

So, most of the ingredients are things you might already have around your kitchen. You will need the following:

1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (any flavor as long as it’s unsweetened)
2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (not cocoa mix…just the powder used in baking etc)
1 Tbsp PB2 (see below for info)
1 packet of sweetener (your choice…I used my favorite Sweet Leaf Stevia)

Calorie Count: 83

Now the PB2 is a powdered peanut butter…basically the oil has been pressed out of it and what is left is this awesome powder that you can use in smoothies, baking, or just add a bit of water and it makes a low fat and low calorie peanut butter!! It’s a LIFE SAVOR!!! I have found this product at most health food stores and even Whole Foods will carry it from time to time. If you can’t find it ask your grocery store manager to order you some or you can buy online at bellplantation.com!! They also have other amazing products in their line…both Hannah and I LOVE everything they make.

The recipe is simple….put all the ingredients into a sauce pan and whisk with a wire whisk. It takes about a minute for it all to incorporate, but fear not it will come together. Place the saucepan on medium high heat while you continue whisking. Heat on the stove for 3-4 minutes until it reaches the desired temperature. Grab your favorite mug and pour the chocolate deliciousness in. Just make sure you whisk the entire time it’s on the heat….you don’t want to burn the almond milk. Think of it as an extra arm workout!!

I’m pretty proud of myself….it’s only 83 calories for the WHOLE THING!! I don’t even know how many hundreds of calories I shaved off the original idea, but I didn’t miss them one bit. Of course you can add any extras you want….like low fat whipped topping or cinnamon…but, I’m a bit of a purist and I love it just the way it is! So snuggle up and enjoy a cup…it’s the perfect solution when it’s cold outside and you need a little treat. ENJOY!!

Health & Happiness,

Olivia

Ps…let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have any Holiday time fake outs you want to share…don’t be SHY…I love all of your ideas!! xoxox

 

Obsession Confession: True Lemon

True Lemon with Iced TeaHello Beauties & Gents!

Welcome to your latest Obsession Confession! Well I have to say, I’m not one of those people that can eat the SAME thing everyday. Let’s face it, it’s boring and you feel deprived and deprivation leads me to The Cheesecake Factory so I like to switch things up. But, as a single traveling girl I need portable things I can throw in my suitcase….

Enter True Lemon and cue the angelic music…ahhhhhhhhh! It was a stormy Saturday afternoon and a bright, yellow, sunny box arrived.

True Lime

I opened the box and an array of true lemon products arrived! Lemon, lime, and orange shakers, drink mixes, recipes all made naturally!

As most of you know I’m a Southern gal and I LOVE LOVE LOVE my tea! So I always order unsweet tea (no more sugar) with lemon or I make┬ámy own, but I can’t tell you how many times my lemons go bad!! (why does that sound like I’m talking about my chest?) Anywho, I put it in my tea with my stevia and it was just like real lemon!! It was amazing. Then I tried one of the water packets (raspberry lemonade) and mixed with my water. It was amazing, no artificial taste and it was light and refreshing! True Lemon has so many products: orange, lemon, lime and more. You can use the shakers in liquids and also to season your food! I have used the lemon on fish and the lime on tuna and the orange in my fruit salad! I love a multipurpose product that I can carry on the go and travel with! I give true lemon two thumbs up!! They even come with recipes on the packaging!!!

Have you tried it?