I started making my own mix about eight years ago and it only has three simple ingredients. I’m not one to eat a lot of sweets but a good cup of healthy homemade hot chocolate never stopped me!
This recipe is so creamy and I use only real ingredients. Do not feel guilty one bit because it’s good for you! Ok, so in moderation anything is good for you, right? For added goodness, I also top it with my homemade whipped cream and I shave a little bit of a Lily’s chocolate bar shaved on top. They have several flavors that would be yummy!
Ingredients For Healthy Hot Chocolate
COCOA – You have to start with good cocoa and of course healthy cocoa. HERE is one I love!
COCONUT SUGAR – I haven’t bought the “white stuff” in about 14 years. My go-to sweetener is this Coconut Sugar from Amazon.
PINK REAL SALT – The key to obtaining rich trace minerals is in the salt. You can’t just buy any sea salt. I love this one from Redmond. I buy mine in bulk.
MILK – I only buy raw milk from a local farmer when available or my favorite in the store in Organic Valley. I love their values and feel good giving their products to my family.
VANILLA BEANS – Vanilla is by far my “secret” ingredient in pretty much any baked good I make. It all starts with the beans. I am a firm believer in using Madagascar beans. Making your own vanilla will be so rewarding and will last you quite a while.
SHAVED CHOCOLATE – You can’t have an amazing cup of hot chocolate without topping it with something yummy. My absolute favorite is the Lily’s Chocolate Bar. I buy the Original or the Almond but any of their flavors would be great on top. They are made with stevia, so none of the bad white sugar.
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So, without further ado, here is this yummy recipe. It’s perfect for in the morning with breakfast or sitting around in the evening watching a good movie!
Healthy Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 2 1/4 cups Organic Cocoa
- 2 1/2 cups Coconut Sugar
- 1 tbsp Pink "Real" Salt
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients above, stir and store in a quart size mason jar. This mix will yield about 50 cups of hot chocolate and will take you right through winter.
To Make The Hot Chocolate:
- For individual servings, pour 1 cup of Organic/Raw Milk into a saucepan.
- Add 2 TBS of the Hot Chocolate Mix and 1-2 tsp of homemade vanilla to the pan.
- Whisk together over medium heat, until dissolved. Be careful not to let the milk boil.
- Top with my homemade whipped cream (see recipe below) and chocolate shavings.
- To make multiple cups, just multiply the individual serving by how many cups you need to make.
Homemade Whipped Cream
- 1 Pint of Organic/Raw Heavy Cream
- 1-2 tbsp of Coconut Sugar
- 1-2 tsp of Homemade Vanilla
- Pour the entire carton of cream in a bowl along with the sugar and vanilla.
- Beat on low for a few minutes and then increase the speed.
- It may look like it's taking forever to get that "whipped" look, but it's coming. Keep mixing until you see wonderful light peaks.
- Note: Oh, and make sure you use the wire whisk attachment if you are using a standup mixer like Kitchenaid.
- This is the creamiest and most healthy whipped cream I've ever had. You will never go back to store brands once you make this. I promise and your family will love it!
- You can certainly use other sweeteners but I can’t give my opinion on them as I have only used coconut sugar.
- I have also made whipped cream using my handheld mixer.
Making homemade Hot Chocolate takes a little extra time, but knowing that you are giving your family wholesome ingredients outweighs the time involved. Plus, you can make it together as a family and make some memories!
Enjoy and stay warm!
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