If you can’t tell already, I have a super-sweet tooth. It’s so sweet that once I start having sugar-y food, I have trouble stopping. So I’ve been trying to cut back and tame my “sugar beast”.

I’m also an after dinner snacker. Another habit I’m trying to curb. Sometimes a cup of dandelion tea will do the trick, but sometimes I need a little bit more…

That’s why this hot chocolate recipe from my friend Tina has been a godsend! (or a Tina-send…?)

I like to think that it’s “healthy” and it’s certainly better than having dark chocolate, however I still see it as a treat.

“Healthy” hot chocolate


  • A cup or mug’s worth of unsweetened almond milk or rice milk (I tend to have rice milk always on hand)
  • 1 teaspoon pure unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Dash cinnamon power
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender tea (optional, but recommended)


  1. Combine milk, cocoa, coconut oil and cinnamon in a small pan.
  2. Stir over medium heat, until combined and warm.
  3. If using lavender tea, place the lavender flowers in a single tea ball, place in mug, and when the cocoa mixture is warmed to your liking, pour into the mug.

If using lavender tea, you may wish to remove it after a few minutes and it’s seeped to your liking.