slow cooker tuesday – vanilla-cinnamon cocoa

Happy Slow Cooker Tuesday to you!  I was unsure about the kind of recipe I wanted to post for this week, so I decided to take some inspiration from today’s expected weather here at the OKC headquarters.  We have been enjoying lovely warm weather in Oklahoma this last week. Today we are expecting some rain! I love all things warm in the cool, gloomy months of winter. As I was flipping through the recipes in my favorite slow cooker book I came across a Vanilla-Cinnamon Cocoa that just sounded delicious. I don’t usually think of beverages when I think of a slow cooker, but I love the idea of it!

Vanilla-Cinnamon Cocoa
The Best of Prevention Slow Cooker Recipes
1/2 cup sugar (I use raw sugar)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups boiling water
3 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
6 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Combine sugar and cocoa in a 4-qt or larger slow cooker. Add boiling water. Stir well to dissolve. Add dry milk, water, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Stir well to dissolve. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Beat cocoa with a whisk to make frothy. Ladle into mugs and garnish with cinnamon stick, if desired.

Servings: 12
Per serving: 170 cal, 13 g protein, 29 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 5 mg chol, 190 mg sodium

My mouth is watering as I type this! This could easily be made into a coffee beverage as well. Just add a shot of espresso!

I hope you enjoy this cocoa and your Tuesday!
Live. Life. Beautifully.
Staci Patton

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