Sunday, October 30, 2011

Slow Cookin' Sunday: Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate PLUS Halloween Bingo

Halloween makes life so hectic. (And yet you're saying to yourself, um, Halloween, is tomorrow. Hello?) I know, I know, but on Friday our preschool celebrated Halloween which in my world equated to a to-do list double its normal monstrous size.  There were costumes, costume accessories, preschool Halloween game, goody bags, plus all of the other stuff that goes along with life. Holy moly!

Thankfully, the first item on the to-do list was handled by my mom (aka the master of all things sewing). Thanks to her and her magic powers, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan were successfully and quite adorably outfitted in their respective costumes:

While her sewing machine was purring away whipping up Neverland's most cherished outfits, I was busy making a Halloween bingo game for the preschool Halloween costume party.

To download these games, click here and then:

1. Print them out and trim them.
2. Print out an extra PDF and cut out the pieces from two boards to use for pulling out of a bag.

I decided not to make markers and instead had each child color the picture of what was drawn from the bag. The game took about 7 minutes to complete with 9 preschoolers. If you need it to last longer, print out as many bingo cards as you need to complete as many games as you wish to play. Recycle the used bingo cards.

They were so excited and kept jumping out of their seats yelling, "Bingo, bingo!!"

I also made some goody bags for them with some Halloween-themed items like bubbles, pencils, spider rings and erasers.

I used candy bags leftover from years passed and just put all of the items in there, tied it shut with some kitchen twine, covered it with ribbon and attached a black and orange tag I made out of scrap paper.

Phew! And then I started thinking about the real Halloween and how in the world I was going to warmly dress these kids without compromising the integrity of their costumes.

(Imagine a vast wide open space of nothingness here. That's what my brain looked like right then.)

That was way too difficult of a thought to ponder, so instead I started thinking about about how wonderful it would be to have some warm hot chocolate when we came in from trick or treating.

And then, once again, I set out to make a Peter Pan-friendly (dairy- and soy-free) and of course, sugar-free hot chocolate because really, isn't there enough sugar slammed into Halloween already? The marshmallows, though, they definitely have white refined sugar in them. Everything in moderation, eh?

Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 Servings


3 cups chocolate almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Pour everything in a slow cooker and mix well. Set on low for one and half hours. Stir and serve. Top with marshmallows if you desire!

My older daughter hasn't stopped asking for this since I originally made it. I keep telling her to hold on till Halloween because when we get back from trick or treating, we'll have some piping hot chocolate to slurp while we "organize" each and every piece of candy.

Nutrition Information Per 1 Cup: Calories 98; Total Fat 3g; Total Carb 16g; Fiber 1g; Sugars 12g; Protein 2g
*Nutrition information has been calculated using an online recipe calculator tool.
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  1. I LOVE hot cocoa! Love the slow cooker idea.

  2. Great idea to put it on when you leave and then when you get back, you've got warm hot chocolate!

  3. So cute ideas! i love it very much, thanks for sharing.

  4. I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much!


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