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Delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa - the perfect hot chocolate that can be made with or without dairy!
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Homemade Hot Cocoa – With or Without Dairy!

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Well, here is something I don’t do very often: posting two hot drink recipes in a row!

But honestly, I want to share all the good hot drink recipes at the beginning of September so you can enjoy them all fall (and winter) long!

In case you missed the hot citrus cider recipe I posted the other day you can check that out here.

If you aren’t into cider (but seriously, you need to try that recipe out), I’ve got my favorite hot cocoa recipe to share with you today.

 

Delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa - the perfect hot chocolate that can be made with or without dairy!

 

I started making this recipe years and years ago when I realized I liked the general taste of the Starbucks hot cocoa but couldn’t afford to buy one very often.

So, I set about finding a recipe.

Find one I did and I have changed and adapted it so much over the years to perfect it.

If I’m being completely honest here (and why wouldn’t I be?), I make myself a cup of this hot cocoa every. single. day.

For that reason I wouldn’t call it “decadent” – because that would imply more of a treat, not something you drink every day and what would I do then?!

To be fair, I don’t drink coffee or tea so this is my replacement.

 

Delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa - the perfect hot chocolate that can be made with or without dairy!

 

When I first started making this recipe I make it with dairy milk and then my body completely shut down to dairy so for the last three years I’ve been making it dairy-free by using cashew milk and I actually like it better this way. Which is a good thing because my body likes it better this way too.

All that to say, if you are a fan of dairy or not you can totally use the recipe and swap out whatever kind of milk or milk beverage you want.

You can also substitute the sugar as well. I used honey instead of white sugar for a long time before I noticed I was breaking out in acne around my mouth, after some trial and error I found honey to be the cause. In the future I may try some other sugar alternatives but right now this is what I am sticking with.

 

Delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa - the perfect hot chocolate that can be made with or without dairy!

 

This is a great drink early in the morning, after coming inside after a chilly day or something to wind down with at the end of the day. It’s pretty much the perfect hot cocoa.

You can make it a little more decadent by adding marshmallows or whipped cream and some grated chocolate on top or whatever else you prefer!

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa - with or without dairy

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 cup milk or milk beverage
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Place water in a microwave safe mug and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Add sugar and cocoa and stir until dissolved.
  • Add milk and microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Enjoy!
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