If you’re like me, once the fall season hits, you’re ready for sweaters, scarves, boots, and oh yeah…hot chocolate.

The problem with a lot of hot chocolate is that it’s not often commiserate with reducing your waist-line.

And while I’m certainly not suggesting in any way that this is a diet/low-calorie beverage, I didn’t feel quite as guilty drinking this warm mug of chocolate as I have others in the past.

Its rich and creamy texture comes from melted chocolate chips, caramel, and a little bit of peanut butter thrown in for good measure.

But that’s all balanced out by substituting coconut milk for the regular milk.  I’ve never been a milk drinker, but coconut milk is my new favorite thing to use on my cereal or in smoothies.

And this fall and winter…in hot chocolate.

 

Coconut-Caramel Hot Chocolate
 
makes 6 servings. For an adult version, add in a bit of coconut rum after remove cocoa from heat.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup hot caramel ice cream topping
  • whipped cream and toasted coconut, optional
Method
  1. Place milk, melted chocolate, peanut butter and caramel in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and coconut, if desired.
Notes
lightly adapted from Taste of Home Best Holiday Recipes

Also, I wanted to give mad props to Ashton and Dorothy for putting together Online BlogCon 2012 (and to Sweet BellaRoos for designing an awesome site)! This first-ever online blog conference was truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and while I was excited about it from the get-go, I never dreamed how much fun I would have or how much I would learn (and um, I’m not just saying this because I won the grand prize–a mini iPad, woot!).

For those of us who find it difficult to travel to live blog conferences due to finances, work, family, etc., Online BlogCon was the perfect solution.  I was able to come home from work, slide into my trusty fuzzy slippers, and pull up guest posts from awesome bloggers like Jessica from How Sweet It Is, Christi from Love From The Oven, Shelly from Cookies & Cups, Camille from Six Sisters’ Stuff, Nikki from Chef in Training, Lexie from voiceBoks, Jamielyn from I Heart Nap Time, Kristyn from Lil’ Luna, and Stephanie from Somewhat Simple.

I’ve been blogging for just over a year, and I still consider myself a “newbie”–especially when it comes to a lot of the technical stuff, like site design, photography, and working with brands/sponsors.

Each post offered during the three-day conference offered all sorts of valuable information–for the beginning blogger to the experienced blogger alike.  Even better?  The Facebook group!

After each post went live, the conference attendees gathered on the Facebook page to discuss the information, ask questions, and provide feedback.  No kidding, each time I checked my Facebook feed, I had 20 new posts–these gals were so amazing!  Not only was Online BlogCon a great learning experience, it allowed me the opportunity to “meet” other fabu bloggers from all over the world.

So thanks, Dorothy and Ashton–and I’m ready for next year’s conference!

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!