Homemade Hot Chocolate

Are you trying to enjoy the holiday flavors and commit to cleaner way of eating?  Here is a compromise that provides a rich chocolaty drink with about a third to half less sugar than regular commercial powdered mixes and no artificial ingredients.  It's a super easy recipe that takes very little time to prepare.

Ingredients:

1 cup of milk (plant or animal) per your preference

  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Nutmeg or cinnamon

Mini marshmallows and whipped cream as desired.

Directions:

  

  1. Prepare cocoa mix by whisking together cocoa powder and powdered sugar in small mixing bowl until blended well.  Set aside.

  2. Warm milk in saucepan, stirring frequently, on medium-low heat until steaming but not boiling.  Once steaming, turn off heat.

  3. Add in ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and stir.

  4. Add in cocoa and powdered sugar mixture and whisk until blended well.

  5. Pour hot chocolate in a mug and top with a few mini marshmallows and nutmeg.  If you can spare the calories add a little whipped cream!!!

 

Note: Freeze the marshmallows and add directly to hot chocolate mixture.  It adds just the right amount of cooling to your cup.

Now compare to regular hot chocolate mixes.  It's about a 3:1 ratio of ingredients.

Typical hot chocolate mix ingredients: 

  • Sugar

  • Corn Syrup

  • Modified Whey

  • Cocoa (Processed With Alkali)

  • Hydrogenated Coconut Oil

  • Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate

  • Salt

  • Dipotassium Phosphate

  • Mono- and Diglycerides

  • Carrageenan

  • Acesulfame Potassium

  • Sucralose

  • Artificial Flavor

Milk, Mocha Sauce [Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)].

 

 

Which one would you rather have in your holiday cup?

Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday!!

D.P. Nutrition

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