What to Cook for Dinner?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
DIY Hot Cocoa Mix with Dairy Free Options
- 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.
What a favorite cold weather drink you enjoy?
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