DIY Hot Cocoa Mix with Dairy Free Options

Make your own dairy free hot cocoa mix at home. It only takes 5 ingredients and a few minutes to make.

I really love hot cocoa in the wintertime. It’s a nice comfort drink for me. I don’t usually purchase the packets at the store. One because my family can’t have the dairy that’s in them and two they can be a little expensive for what you are getting.

I usually mix up a cup of cocoa when the mood strikes. But I thought it might be nice to have a cocoa mix the whole family could use. One that is dairy free or can be made dairy free. That’s how I came up with this easy to make recipe.

Just 5 little ingredients to make your own hot cocoa mix. You probably have all of them in your pantry right now. This recipe has dairy free options.

This recipe only takes a few ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard. I had all of them in my cupboard when I decided to make this mix. I hoping it’s the same at your house too.

For the cocoa in the mix, I use the bulk cocoa from Winco Foods. If you prefer a certain type of cocoa, use the one you like the best.

Easy to make 5 ingredient hot cocoa mix. I've included dairy free options too.

I used regular sugar but you could use, organic sugar if you prefer. I added cornstarch to the mix, but if you prefer you can add arrowroot instead. If you don’t have powdered milk, you can leave it out of the mix, but I do think it makes the cocoa a little more creamy.

Easy to make with a whisk and 5 ingredients hot cocoa recipe.

Once you have all the ingredients measured out, it just takes a few minutes and a whisk to combine them. Store the mix in a sealed container. I used a canning jar with a lid to store mine. This mix can be stored in the cupboard.

To Make a Cup of Cocoa

Make your own hot cocoa mix at home and save money. This recipe only takes 5 ingredients to make and has dairy free options too.

Heat 1 to 1 1/2 cups of milk in a mug. I heat mine in the microwave, but it could easily be done on the stove top too. Once the milk is nice and warm, add 1 tablespoon of the cocoa mix and stir well. I also add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to my cocoa, but it’s optional.

Finally, top the cocoa with a few mini marshmallows or some yummy whipped cream and enjoy. This is such a great warm drink on a cold winter’s day.

Easy to make 5 ingredient hot cocoa mix. Skip the high priced store mixes and make your own. This recipe has a dairy free option too.

If you like coffee, this mix would also be great in a mug with a half a cup of coffee and half a cup of milk, instead of all milk. Kinda like a homemade mocha.

You could also use this mix for a nice iced hot chocolate in the summer time too.

Easy to make 5 ingredient hot cocoa mix. I've included dairy free options too.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix with Dairy Free Options

Make your own homemade cocoa mix to suit your needs. This is an easy to make cocoa mix that can be made dairy free.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Mix Recipe
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons Powdered Soy Milk or Regular Powdered Milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt


  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a whisk.
  • Transfer to an airtight container.

To Make Hot Chocolate

  • Heat a 1 cup to 1 1/2 cups of milk in the microwave.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of hot cocoa mix.
  • Add in 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, if desired.
  • Enjoy!


If you don't have powdered milk on hand you can leave it out of the mix. But I think it does make the mix more creamy. For the dairy free option, I use Better Than Milk Powder Milk Alternative or Vance's DariFree for the powdered milk.
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5 thoughts on “DIY Hot Cocoa Mix with Dairy Free Options”

  1. Oh yeah!
    We just ran out of our powdered mix, and I put it on the grocery list to buy more at Winco. Thank you, I have all those ingredients on hand. I’m going to mix this up right away!

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