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Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe - only 4 ingredients!

Sample Hot Chocolate Packet Ingredients (Ew)

I used hot chocolate packets for many years. They were just so convenient. Open, add to hot milk or water, stir, drink. Easy, right? You can make from-scratch hot chocolate with the same simplicity. Even better, you can also control the quality of ingredients and make it a little healthier.

Plus, have you seen what they put in some conventional hot chocolate packets? Here’s an example from one popular, unnamed brand:

SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, VEGETABLE OIL (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COCONUT OR PALM KERNEL AND HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN), DAIRY PRODUCT SOLIDS, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, AND LESS THAN 2% OF CELLULOSE GUM, NONFAT MILK, SALT, SODIUM CASEINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, GUAR GUM, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.

What is all that stuff? There are more than a dozen ingredients in that list. If you’re a Michael Pollan fan like me, you’ll notice you can’t pronounce many of them. Food Rules fail. On top of that, who puts vegetable oil in hot chocolate? I mean, can you imagine making hot chocolate and stirring vegetable oil and corn syrup into your mug? And instead of sprinkling in cinnamon, you sprinkled in a dash of sodium aluminosilicate or sodium caseinate. Yum?

You know what the ingredient list is for the Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder I used? It’s:

Cocoa

Yup, that’s it.

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Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe - only 4 ingredients!

But, then, I started thinking, well maybe they used semi-sweet chocolate pieces that were melted down?

However, here’s the ingredient list for a Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Premium Baking Bar:

Semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin – an emulsifier, vanilla)

I’m not saying the long ingredient list is bad. I just wonder…why would you want to eat that when you can eat hot chocolate made with only four simple ingredients?

(I keep referencing Ghirardelli because I bought a bunch on major sale awhile back, but there are lots of good, pretty clean chocolate producers out there. Check your local health food store.)

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Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe - only 4 ingredients!

Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients

My healthy hot chocolate ingredient list contains the following:

Milk, cocoa powder, raw sugar, vanilla extract

It’s a simple list and pretty much just as easy to make as the kind that comes out of a box. I wrote the recipe for heating the milk on the stove because I’m one of those hippies who doesn’t like using the microwave. But, you can use whatever you want to warm up your milk.

 

Bottom line – you don’t need those packets once you know how easy from-scratch hot cocoa is!

Preferred Cocoa

In case you shop online as much I do, I found the cocoa powder (Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder) I’m currently using on Amazon.com. Shopping Tip: As of January 25, 2017: this item is available as an add-on via Amazon!

Preferred Sugar

When it comes to sugar, I love raw cane and turbinado. I currently have organic cane sugar and organic turbinado sugar by Wholesome Sweeteners in my pantry.

Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe - only 4 ingredients!

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Hot Chocolate

Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe {Clean Eats}

  • Author: Diana of thechiclife.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks

Description

Ditch the packets of hot chocolate that come out of a box! Clean eats hot chocolate is just as easy and a thousand times better. Here’s a simple recipe that uses only four primary ingredients.
*Vegetarian, Vegan*


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup, plus 1-2 tablespoons milk of choice (I used rice milk, vegan)
  • 2 rounded teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon, optional

Instructions

  1. Place milk in a small pot over medium low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, place cocoa powder, sugar, and extra tablespoon of rice milk in a small bowl. Whisk until a paste/thick mixture forms and powder is absorbed. Add additional tablespoon of rice milk, if needed.
  3. Whisk cocoa mixture into milk mixture. Heat till hot but not boiling. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Pour into a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon, if using.
  5. Serve and enjoy once the drink is cool enough to safely drink.

Notes

The directions above are for a stovetop preparation, but you can just as easily make this in the microwave.

Multiplies easily if you need more than a single serving.

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