Did you know it takes just 3 simple ingredients to make a yummy homemade hot cocoa mix?
Hot cocoa doesn’t have to be complicated with ingredients you can’t even pronounce, like the ones found in store-bought cocoa packets!
It’s easy to make your own hot cocoa mix; you can mix up a batch in just a couple minutes!
Your kids will love your homemade hot cocoa mix and you will too because it’s better for them (and you) than hot cocoa packets from the grocery store.
This hot cocoa mix is dairy-free too, so it’s a great option if your children can’t eat dairy.
I came up with this dairy-free homemade hot cocoa mix recipe a couple weeks ago when I realized my 13-year-old son, Nathan, was going to snow camp soon and wouldn’t be able to enjoy the hot cocoa packets served there.
We already have a delicious healthy hot cocoa recipe for kids that everyone loves, but I knew it wouldn’t be practical for Nathan at snow camp.
Nathan has Asperger’s (high functioning autism) and we carefully avoid processed foods, particularly anything with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and dyes. He is on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet too. Diet changes have dramatically improved his behavior and while it’s not always easy, it’s 100% worth it.
Those are all many reasons why Nathan can’t have regular hot cocoa packets.
Because you can’t go to snow camp and not have hot cocoa, I started looking for a recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix. But I ran into a problem; all the recipes had some form of dairy.
I quickly realized I’d have to come up with my own dairy-free hot cocoa mix recipe.
Nathan loves cooking and baking and together, we tested out 8 different versions before settling on this delicious simple version of homemade hot cocoa mix without the dairy.
I discovered the secret to making creamy hot cocoa mix: coconut milk powder. It adds the creamy goodness you would normally get from powdered milk in cocoa mixes, but without milk.
This homemade hot cocoa mix is deliciously creamy and chocolately.
You don’t need to use any coconut or almond milk; simply add hot water to this cocoa mix and you’re good to go.
It’s just like the store hot cocoa packets, except without the junk.
Tip: If you have almond milk or coconut milk, you can heat it up and mix it into your cocoa mix for a richer mug of hot chocolate. But this hot cocoa is absolutely delicious without it.
All four of my kids gave this hot cocoa mix a two thumbs up. And even though I created this recipe for kids, my husband said this hot cocoa was so good, he wouldn’t have guessed it was homemade! (Which sounds weird, but is a compliment.)
For at-home use, you can mix up a batch and store it in a glass sealed container, like a mason jar.
For on-the-go purposes, add two or three tablespoons to plastic snack bags. Seal and you’re good to go!
It’s a good thing this hot cocoa mix is so easy to make; it never lasts long!
- Sift all three ingredients together and whisk together.
- Add 3 Tablespoons of hot cocoa mix to one cup of water. (You can add more cocoa mix if you prefer.) Stir well and enjoy!
Store the cocoa mix in a sealed container or ziploc baggie for on-the-go use.