Recipe: Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

The holidays can be a challenge when you’re trying to eat healthy. So many traditions are centered around treats that might temporarily give you the warm fuzzies but can seriously endanger your health in the long run.

This recipe is a great way to satisfy two holiday cravings at once: the sweet peppermint flavor of candy canes and a cozy mug of hot cocoa. And you can do it without the dairy or sugar impact!

Take your pick of vanilla or chocolate protein powder in this recipe. Vanilla makes for an extra creamy drink, while chocolate tastes more like traditional hot cocoa. (Either way, it’s absolutely irresistible…)

Recipe: Candy Cane Hot Cocoa


December 12, 2017

Now this is a happy holiday recipe – delicious hot cocoa full of vanilla mint flavor. It’s just like a candy cane, minus all the dairy and sugar impact!

  • Yields: 2 Servings


2 scoops JJ Virgin Chocolate or Vanilla All-In-One Protein Shake powder* (your choice of protein type)

14 oz. unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

2 tsp real vanilla extract

1/4 tsp pure peppermint oil

Whipped coconut cream to serve (optional, recipe below)


1Blend the protein powder, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and peppermint oil in a blender until the ingredients are well-mixed.

2Transfer to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until steamy, stirring occasionally.

3Divide into 2 mugs and top with a dollop of whipped coconut cream. Enjoy!

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Whipped Coconut Cream


December 12, 2017

This dreamy, dairy-free whipped concoction makes the perfect topping for any drink or treat. It's a beautiful cloud of naturally sweet coconut.

  • Yields: 1/2 cup


1 (14 oz.) can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk, refrigerated at least 12 hours

1 tsp real vanilla extract

1/2 tsp JJ Virgin Sprinkles, monk fruit extract, or stevia (optional, to taste)**


1Open the can and drain off the liquid. (Save it to use in protein shakes!)

2Then scoop the firm coconut meat into a medium bowl; add vanilla and JJ Virgin Sprinkles or other healthy sweetener of choice.

3Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until completely whipped and thick.

4Refrigerate until ready to use.

JJ Virgin Sprinkles 3-in-1 sweetener is a healthy option that tastes great and won't spike your blood sugar. Sprinkle some in any sweet treat! You can find them here...

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