What could be better on a cold, winter day than hot chocolate? Just because you have a dairy allergy doesn't mean you can't have a hot cup of cocoa! This dairy free hot chocolate can be made by the cup or larger quantities for a convenient hot chocolate mix.
My youngest son had all sorts of digestive problems when he was an infant. His pediatrician suspected a food allergy, especially given his older brother's history. At the time, I was a nursing mom so I was advised to either transition to formula or remove dairy from my diet. I figured if my older son can avoid several allergens then I could avoid one! I don't know if it was that I suddenly couldn't have dairy or what...but I CRAVED hot chocolate!
My oldest son drinks soy milk but I'm not really a fan of it so adding chocolate syrup didn't really help. I ended up trying Vance's Darifree potato milk and thought it was pretty good. I also liked that I could mix up a container of hot chocolate mix for more convenient hot cocoa.
How we like our hot chocolate
We like to top our cocoa with mini marshmallows. Around Christmas time, we garnish it with mini candy canes which not only serve as stir sticks but also add a delicious minty flavor. Sometimes, we even crush up candy canes and add them right into the hot chocolate mix.
A dash of cinnamon gives a slightly spicy flavor but you can omit it if you choose. The dash of salt brings out the chocolate flavor but this could also be omitted. I’ve included recipes for making a single serving of hot chocolate or making hot chocolate mix to keep on hand. It is also makes a great gift for a loved one who is avoiding dairy!
Dairy and Soy Free Hot Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon Vance's DariFree Potato Milk Powder
- 1 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- Dash of cinnamon optional
- Mini marshmallows
- In a mug, combine the potato milk, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon (if desired).
- Add boiling water and stir until powder is dissolved. Top with marshmallows.
To make hot chocolate mix:
- In a pint sized canning jar, combine ½ cup powdered potato milk, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional). Fill the remaining space in the jar with mini marshmallows.