RECIPE: Low Sugar Yet Sweet Hot Cocoa

I know many of you are on a New Year's Resolution diet. Sometimes, you just need a little sweet something to tie you over. One sweet treat I would make when I was a phase 2 "south beacher" was a cup of homemade hot cocoa with sweetener. It gave me a chocolate fix but kept me on track. When you get a chocolate craving, give this a try! It's quick, yummy and guiltless.

Guiltless Homemade Hot Cocoa

2 packets low calorie sweetener (or to taste)
2 rounded Tbsp. ground, unsweetened cocoa (I like Hershey's)
dash of salt
1 cup low-fat milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract or almond extract
2 Tbsp. water
1 mug

In your mug, mix the cocoa, salt, and sweetener. Add water, and mix into a smooth paste. Add a little more water if you need to until you have a smooth paste. Add the vanilla extract or almond extract and mix. Then add the milk and stir. Heat in a microwave on high for 1 minute 30 or so until hot (microwaves vary). Take out, stir again, and enjoy! (If you want something extra special, low-fat or low-sugar cool whip on top is a nice finish!)



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