*Many thanks to Blue Diamond Almond Breeze for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed below are entirely my own.
The holidays are easily the yummiest time of the year (besides being the most wonderful!), but for people like me with a dairy allergy it can also be super complicated. I love sweet treats as much as the next person, but ever since I was a baby I’ve had an allergic reaction to cow’s milk. And yes that includes butter, cream, and cheese. UGH. Over the years I’ve found a great alternative that helps me enjoy the holiday season to the fullest: Almond Breeze Almond milk! I love almond milk, and Almond Breeze is so fab.
I also love that I can buy multiple cartons of it at a time and keep it in my pantry until I open it, which means I can have some on hand at a moment’s notice. The Almond Breeze Almond milk also has so much calcium—more than 50% more than traditional dairy! I make smoothies with it, add it to coffee and baked goods, and even utilize their awesome flavors for fun party ideas! This Holiday season, I decided to host a fun and festive Dairy-Free Cocoa Bar. The kids loved it!
Almond Breeze is really convenient for dairy-free lifestyles because you can simply substitute cup for cup in recipes! To make my hot cocoa, I heated up chocolate flavored Almond Breeze (instead of cow’s milk and now comes in a refrigerated version, delish!) and added Hot Cocoa powder. I loved the extra chocolatey-ness it gave the cocoa. By the way, my kids think the small individual containers of Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk are a HUGE treat…meanwhile it’s packed with calcium and has no dairy. Shhhh… nobody tell them. LOL.
I set up my bar cart with a bunch of toppings, and added a mug with each guest’s initial that they could take home as a party favor! Everyone can load up their own toppings: chocolate chips, dairy free whipped cream, peppermint flakes, and mini marshmallows! My kids like to have some mini marshmallows in their hot cocoa and some in their hands. I guess you can never have too many mini marshmallows! Then we topped it off with spoons made out of peppermint candy.
When I spent time at the Blue Diamond Holiday House this fall (the makers of Almond Breeze) I saw them substituting Almond Breeze for traditional milk in all the holiday recipes! I was so inspired that I decided to do the same and make a yummy pumpkin pie for my party! I couldn’t believe how delicious it turned out and nobody missed the milk at all.
Marlowe loved it so much that she briefly turned in to a dog and tried to swallow the pie whole right from the plate with no hands! (Where is my eye roll emoji…) I also love that the almond milk gave the pie a little calcium boost. I always try to increase my kids’ calcium intake wherever I can! Almond Breeze also has tons of dairy free Holiday recipes available on their website!
This Dairy Free Cocoa Bar is definitely a tradition we are going to keep for future Holidays! Do you love Almond Breeze? I’d love to hear your favorite way to use it during the holidays in the comments below!
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Photographs by Julia Dags.