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Melinda's Hygge Hot Chocolate Recipe

In Canada, or at least at my house, February is a month where we get cozy with our hot drinks, reading socks, big blankets, fireplace, and fairy lights. We stay in to read, occasionally socialize with friends and share hot hearty meals. If you love your cozy setup this time of year, you’re sure to love the concept of Hygge (pronounced as hoo-ga), the Danish term for coziness. 


There are many ways you can create Hygge happiness in your home. Interior design blogger and stylist, Hege Morris of Hege in France, says that mood lighting is a major part of this Hygge environment. Candles and warm blankets are also a must if you want to create a warm atmosphere in your home, 


However, it’s more than just cozy items. It’s also about spending time together with loved ones, by doing things like baking or playing a board game. It's about simple pleasures and enjoying each other's company, with friends or family. Put phones and tablets away and have fun! 


One way to join a few of these concepts together is to make my delicious hot chocolate recipe as a family before playing a game, or watching a movie, on a cold winter night. Here’s how to make it: 


Melinda’s Healthy Hot Chocolate: 

  • First, use a ¼ cup of Kardish Better Vegan Protein Chocolate and ¾ cup of Camino hot chocolate mix. 
  • Combine with your choice of warmed milk: almond, cashew, oat, or regular. They all work!
  • Then, add some dairy-free chocolate chips, and mini vegan marshmallows like Dandies—the same great hot chocolate taste, with a few healthier ingredients in the mix.


Finally, serve! And enjoy some Hygge happiness in your very own home.


Low-Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Looking for a healthy but delicious treat? These oatmeal cookies are made without sugar, but you’d never know it! 


  • 1 1/4 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract from Simply Organic
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup well chopped raw walnuts or pecans (in this recipe, we usually go for pecans, but both are delicious) or an additional 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons raisins.



Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.

  • Combine the applesauce, butter, egg, vanilla, and honey in a medium bowl.   until blended. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until combined. The dough will be wet and sticky. Fold in the chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts. Place in the refrigerator and let chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
  • When ready to bake, place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Remove the dough from the refrigerator (if it is very stiff, you may need to let it sit out for 5 to 10 minutes). Drop the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls with a cookie scoop or spoon and arrange on the baking sheet, leaving 1 inch of space around each. With your fingers, gently flatten each cookie to be about 3/4-inch thick.
  • Bake until the cookies are golden and firm around the edges and set on top, about 9 to 10 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.