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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.
Hot Chocolate For Cold Nights…
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 when it rarely goes below zero but the major problem is that Spanish houses are built for the summer not winter.
Our building for example has no insulation and no central heating, so we have to bundle up, sip copious amounts of tea and hot chocolate.
Lately, I started making hot chocolate so often that I decided to make my own instant hot chocolate mix.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Ingredients
Because this homemade hot chocolate mix is only 3 ingredients you absolutely need to make sure you get the best quality you can afford.
Below I’m going to highlight each ingredient and give recommendations for sourcing quality brands.
Ingredient #1 – Raw Cacao
Organic raw cacao powder is a good source of antioxidants, magnesium and iron
What is the best cocoa powder for hot chocolate?
Look for brands with minimum ingredients. Ideally the only ingredient should be raw cocoa and it should not contain added sugars and milk fats or oils.
Recommended Cocoa powder brands available on Amazon.
- Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa Powder
- Viva Naturals Certified Organic Cacao Powder
- Wild Foods Organic Cocoa Powder
Ingredient #2 – Coconut Palm Sugar
Coconut Palm Sugar is the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. I wouldn’t consider a superfood but coconut sugar does offer more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar.
Ingredient #3 – Pink Himalayan Salt
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.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Ratio
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.
How to use your homemade hot chocolate mix
Make a healthy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Make an indulgent Drunken Coconut Hot Chocolate
Drunken Hot Chocolate
How to stay on track during the holidays
You might be wondering if it’s possible to stay on track with healthy eating when food is the main attraction of holiday gatherings.
Here are a few tips for healthy holiday indulging without falling completely off the wagon
- make / bake healthy treats yourself – that way you can keep the ingredients clean
- don’t completely restrict yourself
- eat your favourite foods only
- go for walks after especially heavy meals
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (vegan, paleo)
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 cup organic coconut sugar
- ½ teaspoon pink himalayan salt
- Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Store in a cool dark place.
- To make hot chocolate drink add 2 tablespoons of this mix to one cup of steaming coconut milk or other plant based milk.