Try this Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and you’ll never buy instant cocoa mixes again! Made from three simple real food ingredients it contains no milk powder. Makes a decadent creamy hot chocolate the whole family will love! Perfect way to warm up during those cold winter months.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! But baby it’s cold outside…. Sometimes I feel so bad complaining about the ‘cold’ weather here in Spain. I mean it doesn’t even get to below zero, what a wimp I’ve become! Even though it isn’t as cold here as it was in Hungary I still feel justified in disliking winter. Please just hear me out.
The major problem is that Spanish houses are built for the summer not winter. Our building has no insulation and no central heating. In Budapest our apartment used to be so warm during the winter that we’de be walking around in shorts inside while it was snowing outside. Here I feel like an eskimo.
Seriously we have to bundle up so much indoors it’s bit of a pain. The silver lining is that by midday it usually warms up nicely outside, so I often go sit in a sunny spot in the park, just to warm up. That’s not always possible though so sipping copious amounts of tea and hot chocolate is a winter ritual. I started making hot chocolate so often that I decided to make my own hot chocolate mix.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
I consider this hot chocolate mix as healthy as they come. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients:
Organic Raw Cacao Powder – a good source of antioxidants, magnesium and iron. Raw cacao powder can be a healthy alternative to conventional cocoa which usually contains sugar and added fillers. Raw cacao isn’t 100% raw as it is heated and processed however raw cacao is usually milled at a low temperature to protect the nutrients and flavor. If you can’t source raw cacao use cocoa however be sure to choose one without added sugars and milk fats or oils like this
Organic Coconut Palm Sugar – the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar is NOT a superfood as some manufacturers would have us believe however it does offer more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar. Until there is further research to back up claims that coconut sugar is different from any other sugar in its effects in raising blood sugar I would recommend you use it sparingly
Pink Himalayan Salt – contains 84 natural elements and minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium, chloride, phosphorus and iron. The salt’s pink color is a result of a tiny amount of iron oxide (rust). Zinc, selenium, iodine and copper are also present in trace quantities. Most importantly pink himalayan salt contains all these minerals without chemical processing or refinement.
During the holiday season we tend to overindulge. I think there is always room for indulgence but if we keep the ingredients as clean as possible we can minimise the aftermath like blood sugar spikes etc Take for example my chocolate skillet brownie That brownie contains no flour, no sugar yet still is as decadent as it comes. By the way have you tried it yet ?
I’ve used a one to one ratio of cacao to coconut sugar in this mix. Through experimenting I’ve found I like this ratio best but feel free to do a bit of experimenting. Add a couple teaspoons of this homemade hot chocolate mix to a cup of steamy hot milk and voila. You’ve got yourself a delicious guilt free hot chocolate. If I have this hot chocolate after meals, then I skip dessert. All things in moderation right.. 🙂
- Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Store in a cool dark place.