We love to drink coffee in all sorts of ways and all sorts of times! The problem is the things that make coffee so good are so often full of calories we don’t want. Sooooo here’s our guide to still having delicious coffee but bringing that number DOWN.
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,
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