It’s almost February, can you believe it?! I am continually amazed that time seems to move much faster the older I get. Winter is still going strong most places (especially in the NorthEast this past week!), and here in Wyoming our worst weather is yet to come. February through April is usually the worst times for bad weather here, and it has been known to snow here well into May (sometimes even June depending on where you’re at). In a complete reversal, this past week was unseasonably warm for our area: the other day it was 68 degrees, which is like tropical weather for us Wyoming folks 😉 And of course the North Eastern part of the US got a big blizzard this week. Some of our weather went east I guess! I t is sooo nice to get beautiful weather but I don’t count on it lasting very long.
If it’s cold where you are, this Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Mix will hit the spot. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use your favorite non-dairy milk, and you can adjust the strength of the cocoa easily by using more or less mix depending on how dark you like your cocoa. I found that 1-2 Tablespoons of this mix is plenty for 1 cup of milk, but if you like it deep and dark, you can certainly add more.
This is actually a recipe I had been meaning to post last winter, but things got busy and I missed getting it posted before spring came. That’s okay since I was able to adjust the recipe a bit and make it better! I cut the sugar in half and made a completely sugar-free option. If you want this cocoa mix to be sugar-free, simply replace the coconut sugar with Stevia in the Raw. If you have access to vanilla extract powder, you can add a bit of that to the mix as well for more flavor. But if you can’t find it, no worries. It’s hard to find for most people including myself since I live in a small town, which is why I only added it to the recipe as an optional ingredient.
Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Mix
Grain-free, vegan, gluten free; Free of: dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened and non-dutched)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup Stevia in the Raw
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Powdered vanilla extract (optional)
- Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl
- Store in an airtight container
To prepare Hot Cocoa:
- Heat a cup of your favorite non-dairy milk (coconut, rice, almond, etc.)
- Stir in 1-3 Tablespoons hot chocolate mix, depending on how dark you want the cocoa: 1 Tablespoon makes a lighter milk chocolate cocoa, and 3 Tablespoons makes a dark chocolat cocoa
Notes: For sugar free, replace the coconut sugar with Stevia in the Raw