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I am feeling really restless and distracted today. I even managed to clean the bathrooms and mop the floors before lunch! I don’t know if it’s because my kids are home on a snow day from school or if it’s because I have so much going on in my brain that it refuses to focus on one thing. It’s probably a combination of both. I thrive on routine, and when it’s a mess, so am I! Anyone else like that?

I am sitting at my desk, staring out at the depressing scene (did I mention that I don’t do Winter?), and I’m supposed to be writing. Not on my blog, and certainly not sharing a ridiculously delicious recipe that I hope you will appreciate. But here I am, sipping my cocoa, not really able to do anything else productive today.

I have changed my focus a lot when it comes to food. I try to eat as much real food as I can, which means avoiding things that contain a lot of preservatives and refined ingredients. So when I say this hot cocoa recipe is “guilt-free” , I don’t mean “fat-free” because fat in my food is something that I am embracing. As it turns out, almost everything we have ever been taught about consuming fats is wrong. That is a lesson for another day. On to the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

3/4 cup 35% heavy cream

1/4 cup whole milk

1/4 tsp cinnamon

I do at some point want to experiment with full coconut milk, which may be an option if you need dairy-free. I use the heavy cream because…I want creamy cocoa, of course!

Mix all ingredients in a small pot on the stove on med-high heat, whisking together until fully mixed and bubbly. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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