Healthy Hot Chocolate Mix
As the weather turns cooler, hot chocolate makes a great treat for kids (and adults), and it’s easy to make your own “instant” hot chocolate mix. The best part is, the homemade version doesn’t contain all the hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners you’ll find in store-bought mixes.
Mix together 2 cups powdered milk, 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt. Store in an airtight container. To make a cup of hot chocolate, put 1/4 cup of mix into a mug, fill with boiling water, and stir until thoroughly blended.
More hot-chocolate tips:
- To maximize the health benefits, be sure to use regular cocoa powder, not “dutch-process.” Regular cocoa powder contains more of the flavanols that make chocolate so good for you.
- To make a mix that’s lower in sugar, replace the sugar with a sugar/stevia blend such as Sun Crystals. (Check the package for substitution instructions.)
- For a sweet-and-spicy treat, add 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and/or 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper to the recipe.
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