Ok, guys. I know this is a little offbeat for me, but my mom is a diabetic and she asked me to create a homemade, sugar-free Hot Cocoa for her to enjoy in the colder months. Everything on the market it PACKED with additives and preservatives that she wants to also stay away from so I created this cocoa mix for her.
Today is day 4 of my Christmas Advent Calendar. Tomorrow another great recipe is coming from my friend Sarah, of Salt Jar. She shares farmers market inspired dishes that you can use year-round. Be sure to check back for her recipe tomorrow.
Homemade Cocoa Mix
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 you some of the great alternative whipped 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.
Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
- 1 1/2 C Cocoa Powder
- 1 C Powdered Milk or Creamer
- 1/2 C Truvia
- 2 T Cinnamon
- 1/8 t Cayenne
To make the sugar-free cocoa mix:
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Store in an airtight container for later use.
To make a single cup of cocoa:
- 8oz Half and Half
- 3-4 T Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
- 1 t Vanilla Extract
- In a small saucepot combine all ingredients and bring to a light boil. Be sure to keep an eye on it or it will boil over. Whisk often for the best texture and so the mix doesn’t accumulate on the bottom and burn.
- Alternatively, you could warm a cup of milk in the microwave and use a small whisk or frother to whip the cocoa mix into the milk.
Christmas Advent Calendar
A new recipe every day from December 1-24 from me or one of my friends!
We have been working hard to bring you some great recipes that will bring the family together each night leading to Christmas Day. I hope you enjoy them and be sure to let us know if you make them by tagging any of us on Instagram through the month.
Christmas Advent Calendar Recipes
- Day 1 – Kendell’s Candy Cane Coffee Creamer
- Day 2 – Kendell’s Hazelnut Honeycomb
- Day 3 – Lori’s Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
- Day 4 – Kendell’s Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
- Day 5 – Sarah’s Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal
- Day 6 – Kendell shares Joanna Gaines Peanut Butter Balls
- Day 7 – Kendell’s Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti with Peppermints
- Day 8 – Kathryn’s Chocolate Espresso Silk Pie
- Day 9 – Ruchi’s Holiday Rose Cocktail
- Day 10 – Kendell shares Olivia’s Famous Peppermint Cookies
- Day 11 – Niki’s Puff Pastry Breakfast Braid
- Day 12 – Lori’s Danish Puff Pastry
- Day 13 – Kendell shares Grandpas Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Day 14 – Sarah’s Nutella Hot Chocolate
- Day 15 – Kendell shares Great Aunt Sally’s Pecan Butter Balls
- Day 16 – Kendell’s Homemade “Oreo” Cookie
- Day 17 – Kathryn’s Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
- Day 18 – Kendell’s Nordic Gingerbread Village
- Day 19 – Niki’s Short Rib Ragu
- Day 20 – Kendell’s Velveeta-Free Pimento Cheese
- Day 21 – Christmas Morning Breakfast Foccacia
- Day 22 – Kristi shares Stacy’s Hot Buttered Rum
- Day 23 – Kendell’s Chorizo, Shrimp, & Chicken Paella
- Day 24 – Kendell’s Artichoke 3 Cheese Dip
MY LATEST RECIPES!
MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
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