My mind never stops working! From time to time I’ll come up with a recipe that seems a bit out there, until you try it for yourself! What are two things that I love? Hot cocoa and oatmeal! Well, what if I combined them? That’s exactly what I did! I’m constantly creating new and innovative ways to eat my food, so with that I’m bringing you one of my recipe creations… hot cocoats!!

This recipe is so simple and easy that it’s somewhat embarrassing… I also think, how did I not come up with this sooner?! There’s just something about drinking out of a mug that’s so satisfying, cozy and nostalgic! The fact that I get to drink my hot cocoa (which has the awesome flavor of the oats— practically like cake batter!) and then eat my oats afterwards (which are now flavored by the hot cocoa)… I mean, it’s almost too good to be true!! If you want to be a rebel and eat your oats first and then drink the hot cocoa, I won’t tell anyone; either way you’re in for a treat!

Keeping our bodies in shape is hard work… and, yes, it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that we choose to eat! However, the key is to still enjoy the foods that you love by simply recreating them into a healthy version. That’s what I’m here for! I’ll take the guesswork away from you and bring you new recipes each and every week! It’s all about being creative with good-for-you foods! As my trademark proclaims, I will always do my best to deliver to you: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt! It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on, let’s make it happen…

Hot Cocoats!


½ cup oats
½ cup water
1 packet stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
Pinch sea salt
6 oz. almond milk (or you may use water)
1 packet sugar free hot cocoa (one that contains 30 calories)

Optional add-ins: cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract

How to Prepare

1. Put oats, water, stevia, and sea salt in a large microwaveable mug and microwave for 1 minute. Set aside.
2. In a separate microwaveable mug, combine the almond milk and hot cocoa and microwave for 1.5 minutes (or until hot). Be careful when removing from microwave.
3. Give the hot cocoa a stir and then pour over the top of the oats!
4. Grab a spoon and eat the oats first and then drink the cocoa, or drink the cocoa and then eat the oats! It’s really all up to you! Sip and savor! Enjoy!

100% TASTE, 0% GUILT


Per serving (entire mug): 210 calories, 7 grams protein, 34 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fat

Editor’s Note: If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at