Valentine’s Themed Unicorn Hot Chocolate for Two

Found your unicorn?  We’ve got the perfect treat to impress your main squeeze & show them just how special they are. Put a little magic into your Valentine’s Day celebration with Unicorn Hot Chocolate! This dessert is deceptively easy, and most of the work comes from adding the toppings. We found fun, festive candy at a craft store and upped the fantasy factor with bright pink cotton candy. If you’re embracing Valentine’s Day alone this year (#single #notmadaboutit), this recipe can easily be cut in half – and let’s be real, it’ll taste just as sweet.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Unicorn Hot Chocolate tastes as magical as it looks.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

All you need to create this bright drink: milk, white chocolate, food coloring & whipped cream!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Melt the chocolate into the milk over low heat.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Stir in a few drops of food color & add vanilla extract.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Colorful toppings? Not optional!

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Add a few drops of food color to a bowl of whipped cream & swirl for a marbled look.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Treat for Two

Top & serve!

RECIPE

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • Food Coloring
  • Toppings of your choice
DIRECTIONS
  1. On low heat, melt the white chocolate in the milk over the stove top until small bubbles appear along the edge of the pot (don’t boil it!), stirring every few minutes so that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. While the chocolate melts into the milk, make the rainbow whipped cream in a wide bowl. Drop in two or three food colors in various spots. Using a knife, swirl the color around a few times to create a marbled effect. Set aside.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into hot chocolate.
  4. Add 3-4 drops of food color of your choice. Stir.
  5. Pour the hot chocolate evenly into two mugs.
  6. Spoon a few dollops of rainbow whipped cream on top & add other toppings of choice (we found these at a craft store)!
  7. Share 🙂

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Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

Be the best you with these healthy cranberry almond granola bars. Packed with protein and vitamins, these energy-boosting snacks will keep you feeling satisfied and full of pep for yoga class, work or whatever comes your way!

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups whole almonds, roasted or raw
  • 2/3 cups dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs. hemp seeds*
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

*Optional, may substitute chia or flax seeds

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line an 8×8 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine brown rice syrup, honey and vanilla over medium-high heat.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until temperature reaches 260°.
  5. Pour it over dry mixture, stirring quickly to coat all ingredients evenly.
  6. Quickly pour mixture into a lined baking sheet, pressing firmly into an even layer.
  7. Let bars cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes), then lift parchment paper from dish.
  8. On a cutting board, cut the form into bars.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
  10. ENJOY!

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

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Power Up Smoothie Recipe

Power up your winter with a fruity smoothie! This bright drink is full of vitamin C and antioxidants, aka all the good stuff you need for a healthy start to your year.

Power Up Smoothie Recipe
 
WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk or juice of your choice

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Let frozen fruit thaw for about 10 minutes
  2. Place it into blender and add kiwi and almond milk or juice
  3. Blend on high until it reaches a smooth consistency
  4. Garnish with more fruit
  5. ENJOY!

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

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Mocha Peppermint Holiday Cookies

These festive cookies are a must for cookie swaps, parties or for keeping all to yourself!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp espresso powder or 1 tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. chopped white chocolate
  • 3 large candy canes, crushed

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Beat butter for 1 minute on medium speed until it’s creamy and smooth.
  2. Add both types of sugar and continue to beat on a medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Turn up to high speed, and mix in egg, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix at a slow speed until completely combined.
  6. Continue to beat on high and add in the chocolate chips.
  7. Chill for at least three hours or overnight.
  8. Remove cookie dough and bring to room temperature.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Roll dough into small balls and place onto lined baking sheets.
  11. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes and allow to cool for an additional 5 minutes on the sheet.
  12. Melt white chocolate (make sure you don’t burn it!)
  13. Dip each cookie halfway into the melted chocolate and place on wax paper.
  14. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle crushed candy canes onto each cookie.
  15. Place in the refrigerator to help chocolate set completely.
  16. Enjoy!

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How To: Cranberry Apple Cider

Forget the PSL, it’s all about the CAC! Cranberry Apple Cider is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 qt. sparkling apple cider
  • 1 qt. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Sparkling water to taste
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup diced red apple cubes
  • Cinnamon sticks

 

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pitcher or carafe, combine equal parts sparkling apple cider and cranberry juice.
  2. Add in the honey and stir until completely mixed.
  3. Pour a small amount of sparkling water over the cider.
  4. Top with diced apple cubes and fresh cranberries.
  5. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
  6. Serve over ice.
  7. ENJOY!

 

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How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s that time of year again! Time for everyone’s favorite seasonal coffee drink – the PSL! Our Pumpkin Spice Latte is not only easy to make, but tasty to drink. This recipe combines a pumpkin spice reduction that you can store and use in not only lattes, but iced coffees, shakes, and more.

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

LATTE INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 shot of hot coffee (strongly brewed)
  • 3/4 cup of  milk

PUMPKIN SPICE REDUCTION INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

TOPPINGS:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Ground Cinnamon

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make pumpkin spice reduction, combine all ingredients, sans vanilla, in a small saucepan over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low. Let the reduction simmer for 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  3. While mixture is simmering, steam 3/4 cup of milk & combine with coffee.
  4. Remove pumpkin spice reduction from heat & add in vanilla extract.
  5. Combine pumpkin spice reduction with latte, stirring to mix all ingredients evenly.
  6. Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and ground cinnamon to taste.
  7. Store any leftover reduction in the refrigerator for up to a week, using in more lattes or as you see fit.
  8. ENJOY!

BONUS: Coat the rim of your glass with caramel sauce and dip into either pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, brown sugar (or a combination of the three!) to add a hint of sweetness, additional flavor, & a touch of style.

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

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