Recipes

3 ways to warm up the holiday season with delicious hot cocoa

Tis the season for Jack Frost nipping at your nose! While the weather outside might be frightful, you can wind down and warm up with your favorite mug brimming with better-for-you hot cocoa! Skip out on ingredients like whipped cream or melted chocolate and snuggle up with one of these healthy hot chocolate recipes as a gift for your winter wellness goals. Whether you are cuddled up in bed with your favorite show or watching snowflakes dance from the window seat, a mug of these homemade hot chocolate recipes will make your season bright.

Lavender hot cocoa

Who doesn’t love some winter comfort food after a long day of holiday hustle? The sweet aroma of lavender will brighten up any snowy night, so add a few drops of Lavender Vitality™ essential oil for easy, healthy hot cocoa.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or other milk of your choice
  • 8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons honey, or more to taste
  • 4 drops Lavender Vitality essential oil

YL tip: Add your choice of EO drops to your liking!

Pumpkin spice cocoa

From October to December, pumpkin spice reigns supreme! Bring its warm, cozy taste to your family with this naturally sweetened recipe! Just mix in Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, and Clove Vitality™. One sip will bring back memories of golden leaves, warm mittens, and pumpkin patches!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or other milk of your choice
  • 8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil
  • 1 drop Nutmeg Vitality essential oil
  • 1 drop Clove Vitality essential oil

Which of these combinations are you excited to try?

Recipes

Healthy Halloween Potion Recipe

  • Halloween potion: A Healthy Halloween Potion You Have to Try‘Tis the season for pumpkin-themed parties, dressing like a pirate, and sipping cider by the fire. Instead of a trick, treat your party guestswith this warm and spicy Halloween potion cider. Combine oranges, apples, and spicy essential oils for this fall-favorite treat!
    • 2 quarts fresh apple cider1 orange, unpeeled and cut into slices
Recipes

Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 4 avocados
  • 2 tablespoons of pico de gallo
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 chopped Jalapeño OR 2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper OR 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 minced jalapeño OR 2 minced serrano chiles OR 2 tablespoon minced of any chile pepper like (adjust for spiciness)

Procedure

  1. Pit the avocados.
  2. Score avocado without cutting through the skin.
  3. Scoop out one avocado with a large spoon and place in mixing bowl.
  4. Add the lime juice and stir to evenly coat the avocados.
  5. Stir in the Pico de Gallo, garlic, oil, jalapeño, salt, red pepper, and black pepper, mashing and tossing the avocado pieces until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Then scoop out the other avocados and gently mix and toss in the larger pieces.
  7. The guacamole is the right consistency when more large pieces than mashed parts remain.
  8. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.

This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Cookbook:Guacamole“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Recipes

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 14-oz cans of nonfat and low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • 1 15-oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Procedure

  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion for 3-4 minutes then add flour, curry, cumin and nutmeg and saute for 1 minute.
  2. Add sweet potato, salt, chicken broth and pumpkin and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered for about 20-25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked through and softened. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes to cool.
  3. Place half of the pumpkin mixture in a blender and process until smooth. Using a strainer, pour soup back into pan. Repeat with rest of soup.
  4. Raise heat to medium then stir in milk and cook for 5 minutes or until soup is heated through.
  5. Remove from heat and add lime juice.

This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Cookbook:Spiced Pumpkin Soup“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.