There’s nothing like playing hard in the snow, then coming inside to a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
It snowed again last night, the most snow we’ve had all winter.
The girls and I took the opportunity to get in some good old fashioned snow play.
When we came in for some hot chocolate, I realized we were dangerously low on our home made hot chocolate mix. But it was no big deal, because with only three ingredients, this hot chocolate mix goes together in a jiffy.
You read that right: three ingredients. This version is so much healthier than any store-bought hot chocolate I’ve found. And depending on what sweetener you use, you can make it even healthier. I’ve seen many other hot chocolate recipes what use more ingredients, and you certainly can add in flavorings of your choice, but we prefer to keep it simple. You can also omit the dried milk and add the cocoa and sweetener to whatever milk you normally drink. I like to have the milk in the mix, however, mainly because we don’t have a microwave, so heating milk on the stove means dirtying a dish. And we avoid that at all costs. Especially in the winter when our water system in the trailer is a bit more labor intensive. But also, I like to make up a big batch of this and have it on hand to drink, no matter how much milk is in the fridge.
Ok, I’ve talked long enough. Here’s the recipe.
Homemade Healthier Hot Chocolate
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon sugar/sweetener
- of your choice
- 1/4 cup (heaping) dry milk
Put all ingredients in a mug and mix them together, add 6-8oz hot water, stir till all ingredients are dissolved.
One quart of MIX:
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar/sweetener of your choice
- 2½ cups dry milk
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Then pour into a quart size container, label and place in the pantry/cupboard ,etc for later use. To use, place 3-4 large spoonfuls of hot chocolate mix into a mug, add 6-8oz hot water, stir till dissolved.
- Add more or less mix and/or water to achieve desired taste.
- Mixing all the ingredients together before adding the hot water helps the cocoa not form so many clumps.
- Feel free to use whatever sweetener you prefer. You may need to play with the ratios a bit, though. We typically use raw cane sugar, but we’ve also used coconut sugar and pure maple syrup. If you prefer to use a liquid sweetener, you’ll need to put that in at the same time as the hot water.