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National Cocoa Day is on December 13th, 2023!

Do you love a steaming cup of hot cocoa on cold winter days as much as I do? It is especially tasty if you've just been outside playing in the snow! I didn't realize just how many different ways you could add variety to your hot cocoa! I also didn't know there were so many creative uses for cocoa! Maybe you'll be as inspired as I was to try a few out!


Things to Have at a Hot Cocoa Bar

  • marshmallows (of course!)

  • peppermints (crushed candies work well)

  • caramel

  • toffees

  • cinnamon

  • nutmeg

  • almond flavoring

  • vanilla

  • whip cream/Cool whip

  • crushed butterscotch and/or topping

  • chopped nuts

  • mint chocolate chips

  • cookie crumbles

  • instant coffee


Check out these yummy ways to use cocoa!




Cocoa Energy Balls

Cocoa energy balls are a nutritious and portable snack. They are easy to make and packed with energy to keep you going throughout the day.


Ingredients

Medjool dates 10 oz.

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup nuts finely chopped

2-3 teaspoons cocoa powder

1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla


Instructions

You want soft sticky dates for best results. Put all ingredients in a food processor and combine until ingredients stick together. Add a little more oil if needed. Scoop out into balls and freeze or refrigerate. These will last in the fridge in an airtight container for about 2 weeks and in the freezer for about 3 weeks.


Optional ingredients: different seeds and nuts, protein powder, chocolate chips, peanut butter, cinnamon, caramel, sea salt, shredded coconut




Classic Cocoa Smoothie

Ingredients

1 ripe banana

1 cup almond milk

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tablespoon honey


Instructions

1. Peel and slice the banana.

2. Add the banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, and honey to a blender.

3. Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Serve chilled.



Peanut Butter Cocoa Smoothie

Ingredients

1 ripe banana

1 cup almond milk

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon peanut butter


Instructions

1. Peel and slice the banana.

2. Add the banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, honey, and peanut butter to a blender.

3. Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Serve chilled and garnish with a drizzle of peanut butter.



Cocoa can be added to practically any dessert!

Have you ever thought of adding cocoa to these?

  • Oatmeal or overnight oats

  • Banana or Zucchini bread

  • Ice Cream

  • Coffee

  • Yogurt

  • Pancakes or Waffles

  • Chili

  • Stew

  • Gravy


You can even exfoliate your face with cocoa! Just mix 1 tablespoon each of cocoa powder, honey, sugar, and coconut oil together. Once it makes a paste, apply it to your face for 20 minutes and then gently massage your face as you rinse.


Turns out, you can do quite a variety of things with cocoa!



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