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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.


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.



  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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