No need to feel guilty enjoying a mugful of this delicious perfect homemade hot cocoa! It’s packed full of good-for-you ingredients!
A delicious tradition.
Even though I’m up for hot chocolate pretty much every time of year, there’s something special about the holidays and the late fall that have me craving it even more often. Thick, creamy, chocolatey. Peppermint, chili powder, spiced or not. Topped with homemade coconut whipped cream, mini cinnamon maple marshmallows (or huge fluffy dark chocolate ones!), or plain. There’s so much deliciousness in one cup! I’ve always loved it, and I love that I can make it myself in the comfort of my kitchen with just a few simple ingredients.
Even though my friends grew up with packets of Swiss Miss, my mom would have none of it. Homemade was the only way to go. And to tell you the truth, I’d much rather have homemade any day than little packets of sugar and artificial everything. Just take a look at what she saved me from:
“Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Artificial Flavor.“
Instead of all that unhealthiness, I was drinking hot cocoa made from goats milk, raw sugar, and carob powder. Even though I don’t usually use goats milk or carob anymore, I still have a special place in my heart for those ingredients.
Perfect Homemade Hot Cocoa
There are so many delicious ways to make homemade cocoa. For this version I’ve chosen to use local honey for the sweetener, though you could use coconut sugar if you like. I also like to add in coconut oil for a little nutritional boost (and a little deliciousness boost, too). And for some added protein I love stirring in a few teaspoons of Perfect Supplements grass-fed gelatin. It’s 100% gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher!
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Perfect Homemade Hot Cocoa
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I love this organic fair-trade stuff!)
- 2 teaspoons gelatin (I use Perfect Supplements)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 4 cups milk of choice (I like my homemade coconut milk)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (try making your own!)
In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk together cocoa powder and gelatin.
Turn heat on to medium-low and stir in honey and coconut oil until melted and creamy.
Slowly whisk in milk and heat through.
Turn off heat and stir in salt and vanilla.
Enjoy plain, or with the topping of your choice.
Makes about 5 mugfuls.
Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat later.