When Halloween season starts to look more like a Christmas wonderland, you know it’s getting really cold out there! Whether you are ready are not, it’s time to bring out those cashmere sweaters, warm boots and handy dandy crockpots.

 

Last Sunday, I woke up and didn’t feel like pumpkin carving. Oh no no.. instead I wanted to do anything and everything to stay warm. You can light up that fireplace , take a bath , cover yourself in blankets, grab someone to cuddle with or do like me and…

 

Week #97 Challenge: Make your very own Spiked Hot Chocolate!

 

 

If you could use more warmth, sweetness and a touch of alcohol in your life, simply become your very own barista-bartender and make this delicious treat:

 

Almond Amaretto Skinny Hot Chocolate Recipe

 

Recipe is from Gethealthyu.com

 

The ingredients required are:

3 cups of Almond Milk (unsweetened)

1/4 cup of Cocoa powder

2 tbsp of Pure Maple Syrup

1 ounce of Amaretto (or flavoured liquor of your choice)

1 tbsp of Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life Semi-sweet Mini Chips)

 

I had never tried Amaretto and wasn’t exactly dead set on using that type of alcohol for this recipe. I made my way to the LCBO, our local liquor store, to pick up a bottle that I thought would taste great and spotted these:

 

Baileys Pumpkin Spice

 

Ontario made PJ’s Craft Cream Liquor – Salted Caramel
For the adventures ones – Crown Royal Salted Caramel
Disaronno Amaretto

 

All these options would have worked perfectly but I ended up picking up a small bottle of Disaronno Amaretto to stay true to the original recipe. Headed back home, baked a fresh batch of High Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies from Fitfoodiefinds.com and so began the Almond Amaretto Skinny Hot Chocolate Recipe:

 

 

Poured the 3 cups of Almond Milk in a saucepan.

 

 

Added the cocoa powder, maple syrup, chocolate chips and brought it to a boil! It rises quickly after that so make sure to closely monitor and lower the temperature to the minimum setting.

 

 

Poured 1 ounce of Amaretto in each cup (ideally in a festive pumpkin 🎃 or ⛄️ snowman shaped mug depending on the season) and added the hot chocolate mixture to that.

 

 

I thought it was really comforting and could easily serve three people. The cookies weren’t particularly sweet which really helped balance everything out. Since I was enjoying a quiet afternoon by myself, I brought the second cup over to my neighbours. Didn’t want this delicious treat to go to waste.

 

If you have a spiked hot chocolate recipe you love, please share it in the comments! I’d love to know all about it.

 

Isabelle xo

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