I love hot chocolate. It’s one of the things that I look forward to as the weather gets colder here in Vermont. I was making my grocery list a few days ago and hot chocolate was one of the things we are almost out of. Since I am trying to get healthier and be more aware of what I’m eating, I glanced at the ingredients on the box of my hot chocolate packets. Two ingredients jumped out at me – corn syrup and carageenan. That made me realize that I needed to learn how to make your own healthy hot chocolate.
How to Make your own Healthy Hot Chocolate
I know that it’s possible to make hot chocolate from milk and shaved dark chocolate. My preference is to make my hot chocolate from a mix. I want something fast and easy. I want to grab a jar from the cupboard, add a few teaspoons to hot milk, stir and enjoy. By learning how to make your own healthy hot chocolate as a mix, you can also use this recipe to create a gift in a jar for someone on your gift list this Christmas. I love homemade Christmas gifts.
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder – Fair Trade is best
- ⅛ tsp stevia powder or 1 tbsp Swerve
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- shaved dark chocolate for the top if you want
- (water & unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or traditional milk when ready to drink)
- Mix the cocoa powder, stevia powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. Pour into a glass canning jar. You can double or triple the amount depending on the size of your glass jar.
- When you want to drink a cup of healthy hot chocolate, Add roughly ⅛ cup (2 servings) to a small pan, blend in ¼ cup of hot water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for a minute. Add 1¾ cups of unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or traditional milk and heat.
- Remove from heat, add a ½ tsp vanilla extract and stir well. Serve.
You can make this healthy hot chocolate with regular milk or almond milk. If you want it to be Paleo friendly, add unsweetened almond milk. If you eat dairy, choose regular whole organic milk. This is NOT a sweet hot chocolate. If you are looking for something that is closer to store bought as far as sweetness, double the amount of stevia/Swerve.
To give this healthy hot chocolate as a gift, add a piece of festive fabric to the top and include instructions on how to prepare it. I used a pretty fleece fabric with mittens and snowflakes because it reminded me of cold winter days and playing in the snow.