Dairy Free Dark Hot Chocolate

Rise & Shine, it’s MONDAY! 

No, I am not normally this chipper BUT I did just get a new mug in the mail which was included in this month’s POPSUGAR Must Have Box and if you know me, you know I have an OBSESSION with mugs and it practically made my day. 

Not only is it super cute and Instagrammable (that’s a word now), the box also came with some gluten free Dark Drinking Chocolate which practically was begging to be made as soon as I flipped open the lid. 

Which is exactly what I did…

dairy free dark hot chocolate

…so before I get into the rest of the contents of this month’s POPSUGAR Must Have Box, I just have to share how super simple it is to make your own decadent dairy free hot chocolate drink. 

Dairy Free Dark Hot Chocolate

This particular mix is made by My Cup of Cocoa and can easily be whipped up and customized any way you’d like.  I choose to make it with some dairy free almond milk and throw a toasted marshmallow on top for good measure :) 

Dairy Free Dark Hot Chocolate


What you need:


  1. Heat milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in cocoa mix. 
  3. Top with toasted marshmallow (optional, can be done quickly over gas stove) 
  4. Curl up with a good book and ENJOY! :) 

Okay, now back to the mug.  As amazing as the dark drinking cocoa is, the mug might just be that more amazing.  If you follow me on Instagram at all then you know that my love for inspirational and motivational mugs is. real

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One of the very few things that gets me out of bed super early in the morning to workout and #doallthethings is coffee and coffee in a motivational mug that says “Rise & Shine” gives me that extra push of encouragement. 

Morning Culture Rise & Shine Mug

This adorable diner mug is from Morning Culture and sipping a hot cup of joe out of it at 5 AM certainly does make my mornings just that much better. 

Other items that also arrived in this month’s Must Have Box included Lisa Sugar’s book Power Your Happy which would be a great read while soaking in some Lalicious Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath…

October POPSUGAR Must Have Box

…a super chic packable umbrella from Henri Bendel that I WILL be putting to good use with the inches of rain that are forecasted to fall this week.

Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella

Speaking of packable, the box also included a travel-sized towel that miraculously removes makeup also known as The Makeup Eraser Mini! Apparently it lasts for 1000 washes and I totally intend on testing that out with the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen that was also included.  

POPSUGAR October Must Have Box

Overall, I have to say that I was SUPER impressed with this month’s box; the mug alone makes it worth it to me 😉 

Want to snag your own POPSUGAR Must Have Box? Use code SHOP5 which gets you $5 off your first Must Have Box! If this month isn’t your cup of tea (or dark hot chocolate), no worries- the good news is that the code never expires! 

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Have a meatless recipe to share? Be sure to linkup with myself and Running On Happy! 

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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday and V Nutrition.

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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