BONUS RECIPE: Almond Joy Hot Chocolate

It’s good to save sweets for special occasions. Enjoy this warm drink by substituting it for some of the carbohydrates in your meal or snack. It’s perfect for a dessert or to warm you up after an afternoon in the cold winter weather.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cup + 2 tablespoons whipped topping + 1 tablespoon sliced almonds

  • Calories 105
  • Carbohydrate 11 g
  • Protein 3g
  • Fat 7.0 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.9 g
  • Sugars 5 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 190 mg
  • Potassium 320 mg

This Recipe Serves 4


¼ cup sliced almonds
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup Splenda Sugar Blend
½ teaspoon coconut extract
½ cup fat-free whipped topping


  1. Add almonds to a dry sauté pan over medium-high heat and sauté until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool.
  2. Add almond milk, cocoa powder, Splenda, and coconut extract to a blender and blend until incorporated and slightly foamy. 
  3. Add hot chocolate mixture to a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. 
  4. Add one cup of hot chocolate to a coffee mug, top with 2 tablespoons whipped topping and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cooled, toasted almonds. 
  5. Repeat for three remaining coffee mugs.

From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, 2nd Edition by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE, and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough

Photo: Almond Joy Hot Chocolate from Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, 2nd Edition; Photographer: Renée Comet

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