Ok, I know this is a little offbeat, but with a mother who is a diabetic, I create a homemade Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa for her to enjoy in the colder months. Everything on the market is PACKED with additives and preservatives that she wants to also stay away from so I created this cocoa mix for her.
Homemade Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa
I thought that I would share it with yall here because maybe you have the same needs or you have some visitors coming that you would like to make it for. It also makes a great gift for those who you know are in the same boat. Or maybe you just want to lower your sugar intake while still enjoying a cup of cocoa by the fireside.
We spent a full morning working the recipe down to just the right flavor and texture. I mean, cocoa tasting anyone? Soooo good right?
Powdered Milk Options
Here are a couple of sources for powdered milk option to make your hot cocoa with. I will be honest, I made my first batch with the coffee-mate powdered creamer because it was all I could find at the store in the heat of the moment. But I will be ordering the powdered whole milk for future batches.
One of my goals for my mom was to give her something sugar-free and with as few additives as possible. Using the powdered whole milk will meet that goal and give the flavor and viscosity I want in a cocoa mix.
Making your Hot Cocoa
I just wanted to share a quick note on making your cocoa the best it can be. As I said, we spent an entire morning tasting different hot cocoas so we would bring you the best option.
So, that said, Half and Half produces the best version of cocoa. I was personally trying to make it dairy-free for myself. But as with most anything, the higher the fat content, the better the flavor.
You can make it with a milk alternative, I would just suggest getting one of the great alternative whipping creams on the market now to pair it with. They may carry a few preservatives but they will give it a little extra creaminess you might desire in your hot cocoa.
Honestly, I tailored this hot cocoa to even something that I like, so it will provide a great way to lower my own sugar intake over the holidays. I often forgo the cocoa in favor of my favorite cookies, but now I feel like I can enjoy a little bit of both this year. Whether you need it for dietary reasons or because you want to watch your sugar intake while still enjoying something yummy, I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Where to use this Cocoa Mix
I make a big batch of this that usually gets me through winter and a little always seems to linger all year. But that's ok. When fall rolls around be sure to give my Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate a whirl, I use this mix to make it.
And in the summer, celebrate Christmas in July on the 25th, with a Frozen Hot Chocolate. I like to make a day of celebrating Christmas on July 25th, and this hits the spot during that summer heat.
This mix would be a great option for filling Hot Chocolate Bombs with. Reduce the amount of sugar in them using this homemade mix, as well as remove all the junk found in store-bought cocoa mixes. Trust me, this is the cocoa mix you want for you Hot Chocolate Bombs!