Healthier Hot Chocolate

It is definitely hot chocolate weather, but those packaged hot chocolate mixes contain corn syrup and hydrogenated oil. Make this time honored winter beverage a healthier treat.

1 cup lowfat milk
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons water
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dark chocolate, as a garnish

Heat the milk and the cinnamon stick until just simmering. In a mug, combine the cocoa powder, sugar and water and stir to make a paste. Remove the cinnamon stick from the milk. Pour the milk into the mug and stir to mix well. Add the vanilla extract and stir. Grate a little dark chocolate on top for garnish.

Nutrition information: Calories: 139; Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat: 1.5g); Protein: 9g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Sugar: 18g; Fiber: 0.5g; Cholesterol: 12mg; Sodium: 8mg

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