Warning: I am about to whine about my lack of coffee drinking! I miss my coffee! I have not had a pure cup of coffee since March and will not have another for at least another six months. I promised my husband no coffee during pregnancy and breastfeeding (caffeine). I have had chocolate and soda, but only after doing some research about the amount of caffeine in cocoa and sodas.
A while back I found a recipe in the newspaper for homemade hot cocoa. I cut out and kept the recipe to use because I don’t like all the stuff they put in store-bought hot cocoa. Cocoa is so good, but when I read the ingredient list it bothers me. Also, I didn’t drink hot cocoa too often (only with my daughter in the winter) because I always had my coffee. When I did drink hot cocoa, I ended up feeling bloated, tired, and I had a weird taste in my mouth. It made me wonder if the ingredients weren’t making feel crappy. I thought I would try this more natural hot cocoa recipe.
In March of this year, 2013, I was missing my coffee. I found my natural hot cocoa recipe and decided to give it a try. I made a cup and loved it! I was so excited because I really loved this homemade, natural cocoa and thought my daughter would too. I made her a cup of the hot cocoa. She did NOT like it. Not at all. It tastes “weird” she said. Ugh!! 🙁
Well, I really love this stuff and had to have a cup this morning. Maybe you will like it too. Here is the recipe I have been using:
Homemade Hot Cocoa
- 1 cup Milk
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (70% or more)
Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan and whisk. Heat gently over low or medium-low heat (do not boil). Heat and whisk until hot cocoa begins to steam. Pour into a mug. Enjoy!
For greater convenience, you can make up a batch of the dry ingredients in an air-tight container to add to hot milk from the microwave:
- 3-1/2 cups sugar
- 2-1/4 cups cocoa
- 1 Tbls. salt
Heat 1 cup of milk in microwave until steaming (about 60-90 seconds). Add 2 Tablespoons of the cocoa mix and stir.
If you make this recipe, how do you like it? Do you have a favorite healthy hot cocoa recipe?
Have a great Thursday!