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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Mix (Gluten Free)

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Cozy up this winter with our instant dairy free hot chocolate mix! It’s easy to assemble and makes great homemade gifts. It’s not only dairy free, but it’s also gluten free and soy free.

photo collage showing jar of dairy free cocoa mix.

If it’s snowy and cold where you are, our dairy free hot chocolate mix is the perfect way to warm up! Our allergy friendly cocoa mix is super easy to make and also makes great homemade gifts as well for friends or loved ones with food allergies. 

The awesome thing about this recipe is that there are no dairy free milk or creamer powders in it, so it uses ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. And you can use any favorite dairy free milk to make your hot cocoa, making it really easy to fit this to multiple food allergies. 

You can also adjust how dark you want your hot chocolate by using more or less mix. I found that 1 to 2 Tablespoons of this mix is perfect for 1 cup of dairy free milk, but if you like dark cocoa, you can add more.

This recipe is our version of the hot cocoa recipe that was often featured on the back of cocoa powder containers. It’s a classic that we’ve tweaked a bit to fit our

Our cocoa mix is:

  • Dairy free and vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Peanut and tree nut free
  • Can be made paleo, low sugar, or sugar free
overhead photo of cup of hot cocoa on a wood cutting board.

How to make dairy free hot chocolate mix

This recipe is incredibly easy to make: simply mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Super simple!

Since this recipe mixes with hot dairy free milk and doesn’t use any dairy free milk powders, everything is a pantry staple and won’t require purchasing any unusual ingredients. 

Back when I originally posted this recipe in 2015, I used coconut sugar instead of unbleached cane sugar, but I recently updated this recipe using my favorite Zulka morena sugar (I use that in just about everything except candy making).

I also updated this recipe with dehydrated mini marshmallows, which are completely optional but so fun to add. It makes this recipe just like dairy free Swiss Miss cocoa mix. If you can’t find mini marshmallows, you can completely skip them. 

The vanilla powder is also optional for this cocoa mix. It can be hard to find (at least it’s hard for me to find in our town), so it’s totally optional in this recipe. If you can’t find it, just add a splash of vanilla to your hot cocoa once it’s made if you want that nice hit of vanilla.

close up photo of dairy free hot chocolate mix in a jar next to a cup f hot cocoa.

How to make this cocoa mix low sugar or sugar free

I originally posted this recipe back in 2015, my original recipe used coconut sugar and Stevia in the Raw. I updated this recipe recently and used unbleached cane sugar, but you can still make this lower in sugar by replacing half the sugar with powdered/baking stevia or using a granulated erythritol, xylitol, or allulose sweetener

If you’d like to make this completely sugar free, swap all of the sugar for the granulated sweetener and skip the mini marshmallows!

If you’d like a more natural and paleo hot cocoa mix, you can use granulated coconut sugar in place of the cane sugar like we did in our older recipe. It will have a deeper flavor, similar to brown sugar or molasses, but if you love that flavor it will add another flavor dimension!

Update: this recipe is great if you are adding it to hot non-dairy milk, but if you want to just add this to hot water, you can add some non-dairy creamer to this mix. I’d use about 1/2 cup non-dairy creamer in this recipe (we love the Simple Truth non-dairy creamer).

jar of hot cocoa mix next to a black spoon.

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Mix (Gluten Free)

Cozy up this winter with our instant dairy free hot chocolate mix! It's easy to assemble and makes great homemade gifts. It's not only dairy free, but it's also gluten free and soy free.
Grain free, vegan, gluten free; Free of: dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free hot cocoa mix, homemade hot cocoa mix, hot chocolate mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 59kcal



For the mix:

  • Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Store in an airtight container or jar.

To prepare Hot Cocoa:

  • Heat 1 cup (8 ounces) of your favorite dairy free milk (I love this with oat milk).
  • For a creamier hot chocolate, use 1/4 cup canned coconut milk to 3/4 cup dairy free milk of your choice (oat, almond, cashew, etc.).
  • Whisk 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 chocolate cocoa.


*Nutrition facts display nutrient info for the cocoa mix only (calories don’t include the non-dairy milk you mix it with)
Our original 2015 recipe used 1/4 cup coconut sugar and 1/4 Stevia in the Raw.
For paleo, omit the marshmallows and use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar.


Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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Here are a few of our older images for this recipe from 2015:

photo of cup of dairy free hot chocolate with a heart marshmallow in it
mug of vegan hot chocolate next to dairy free hot cocoa mix

15 thoughts on “Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Mix (Gluten Free)”

  1. I’m quite excited to try this! I am curious how long this will last in an airtight container and where to store it (fridge, pantry, dark place, etc.). Thank you!

  2. It is easy to make your own “powdered vanilla” – make vanilla sugar, using whatever dry sweetener you like. And use that sugar in your recipe.

  3. I am so glad I stumbled upon this recipe. My daughters are lactose intolerant and they will be thrilled when I try this recipe. I love it that the ingredients are easy to find and inexpensive. Thank You!


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