Healthier Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Welcome to the week!

I can’t believe it’s the last week of November already. Our American friends are celebrating Thanksgiving this week and the holidays will be in full swing.

Today is the first day of the Elf 4 Health Holiday Challenge and I’m so excited to be participating this year. Its basically a set of challenges, one per day for the next 2 weeks, with a buddy system to motivate you to stay on track throughout the holiday season. My elf for round 1 is a lovely lady named Shelley. You can find her via Instagram @healthy_is_happiness.


In the spirit of a healthy holiday season, I’ve created a lighter alternative to the ever popular candy cane hot chocolate. I like to save my decadent holidays drinks for festive events like parades & tree lightings but what about those nights at home, curled up with a blanket & The Santa Clause?

I love my Celestial Seasonings candy cane tea but sometimes a girl just needs a little chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‰


Healthier Candy Cane Hot Chocolate


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1.5 tbsp maple syrup or unrefined sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • garnish with 2 whole candy canes

Warm the first 3 ingredients in a pot then stir in the extracts. Transfer to a mug and garnish with candy canes but don’t let them sit too long or the sugar will melt into your drink.


Indulge, guilt-free ๐Ÿ˜‰

Liz xo


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