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This Cinnamon Hot Chocolate is the perfect warm drink enjoy on those cold days and nights that winter brings, and is made with Pure Via which is a fantastic alternative sweetener that makes this drink sweet, yet not calorie heavy.
Let me tell you guys about the weather here in Milwaukee…WINTER IS COMING! Or, I should say, WINTER IS HERE! All of a sudden it went from a nice and cool and sunny 50 degrees to a cold and dismal 30 degrees with snow flurries! It happened overnight and I feel like I wasn’t prepared. I literally fell out of the door (stupid slippery snow) and it was as if that was universe’s way of telling me ‘it’s winter now.’
And what do I like to do in the winter? I like to drink warm and comforting drinks. But I gotta tell you, I’m not the biggest fan of the calories those drink bring with them. So when I was at Walmart looking for sweetener alternatives to sugar, I came across Pure Via,not only is there a coupon here for $ .55 off ONE (1) Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40 Ct. Packets while supplies last, but, you can take advantage of advantage of a free song and cookbook/songbook download from Jewel here. I mean, it’s Jewel, and winter outside, and I’m sitting here with my hot chocolate, what could be more fitting?
Pure Via is made from the pure, sweet extract of the stevia leaf (no artificial processing or preservatives) and tastes absolutely great! I love that they come in little packets that I just throw in my purse and go, totally helps me navigate my busy day!
So on top of feeling amazing about making a healthy choice by picking Pure Via, I decided to try it in my favorite way of making hot chocolate – which is with cinnamon- and was so excited at how perfectly it turned out. It was exactly what I needed after I had had such a not so great start to my day!
To make the cinnamon hot chocolate you’ll start by laying out all your ingredients (because it is a fairy quick process when you start making your hot chocolate.
You start by warming up some milk
Then you add in your cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla extract, then you add in Pure Via, then whisk until all combined.
Then you’ll continue gradually stirring until the cocoa starts to boil around the edges.
Then you’ll want to turn off your heat and continue stirring, the hot cocoa will rise to the top of the pot!
Then it will settle and you’ll pour it into two classes, top with a little low calorie topping if desired, and sprinkle with more cinnamon (I mean, c’mon, can there ever be too much cinnamon?) and then you’ll enjoy!
And you know what? My hubby totally enjoyed this comforting drink as well! Cheers to warm drinks on cold nights!
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- 3 Cups Skim Milk
- 3 Tbs Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Cinnamon plus more for topping
- 6 packets Pure Via Sweetener
- 2 Tbs Low Calorie Whipped Topping optional
- In a medium pot warm the milk over medium high heat for 1 minute, then add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and cinnamon and whisk, then add the Pure Via packets and whisk.
- Bring hot cocoa to a boil (about 5 minutes) stirring intermitantly, then turn off heat when it reaches a boil. The hot cocoa will rise in the pot.
- Let cool for a few minutes, then ladle into mugs, add 1 Tbs of whipped topping and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and enjoy!
I love the thought of a healthy cocoa…with cinnamon! I love those flavors together! I’m going to sneak a peak at the Ginger Cranberry muffins that caught my eye!
Thank you so much for your comment girl! I’m all about cinnamon lately, so I’m glad you like the sound of my recipes 🙂
I will be over soon to have some with you!
Girl, I’ll have a nice cup of cinnamon hot cocoa waiting 🙂
My winter would not be complete without hot chocolate!
I’m totally with you…winter would not be complete without hot cocoa 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
This sounds deeeelicious! I’ll have to try making a vegan version of it!
This would be absolutely delicious with almond milk or coconut milk instead of regular milk too 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious! says
Yum! I usually make my cocoa with a little bit of cayenne pepper. I’ll have to add some cinnamon next time, too! Looks so pretty with the cinnamon sticks 🙂
Oh fun, hot cocoa with cayenne pepper? That sounds fascinating, I’ll definitely need to try that out! Thanks for commenting!
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says
Mmmm 🙂 The ONLY thing I like about winter is the warm drinks, Christmas movies, and overall Holiday cheer that go with it 😉 The actual winter weather part, I could do without! I haven’t tried Pure Via, but I love Stevia, so I’m sure I’d enjoy it!
Girl, I totally agree, the only thing that’s good about winter is the drinks lol, especially great tasting hot cocoa 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T says
Always trying to watch sugar intake. Love this idea! Thanks!
I love stevia for the same reason Julie, definitely one can still enjoy the sweetness of hot cocoa without the calories 🙂 Thanks for commenting!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
GAH! I love stevia, so I am totally all about this,
I mean, it also has chocolate…so I am also about that. You understand.
Haha, totally, totally understand your love of chocolate! Thank you SO much for pinning, girl, you’re the best 🙂
Yep…our first snow happened this past weekend as well! I could have used a cup of this! Now I’ll be ready! Love this recipe…thank you!
Isn’t the first snow always shocking? It’s like ‘where did you come from’? lol Thank you for commenting…this hot chocolate on those cold and snowy days definitely make the days more bearable!
Kathy @ Olives & Garlic says
That first photo with your hubs hands is great. And even though it’s been sort of mild so far here in NJ, I am looking forward to the hot cocoa nights by the fireplace soon.
Thanks for the complement girl! And hot cocoa by the fireplace? Sounds magical…now I just need to have the hubby install a fireplace…somewhere in our tiny house lol!
I was JUST craving hot chocolate! I don’t have milk in the house right now (I know…ridiculous) but once I go grocery shopping this will be made pronto!
I think you’ll absolutely love it! And I totally relate…it’s not every day I have basic ingredients like milk in the house lol!
Lynn Lovejoy from Order in the Kitchen says
GAH I SO wish I had a cup of this right now!!!! I’ve been dying to see this recipe ever since you uttered the words “cinnamon hot cocoa” because NO girl, you can NEVER have too much cinnamon (except maybe at Latte Land lol) Love you AND this post! You are the best!!
Hahahaha, girl, don’t you speak the truth…NEVER enough cinnamon…#allthecinnamon lol. Love you back, and thank you for commenting, I truly appreciate it!
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan says
1.) Ugh, can we NOT talk about how winter is HERE. Snow the other day! 2.) LOVE the hand pictures, your hubby made for a good little model 3.) Can we spike these and eat alll lthe pie while it snows outside?!
I am totally with you on 1, 2 and especially 3…a little shot of bourbon or brandy would go perfectly, wouldn’t it?
Oriana | Mommyhood's Diary says
Today is a hot cocoa kind of morning so this is perfect!! I have never used pure via but I’m going to check it out.