A Special Treat: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

hot cocoa 001resizedWho doesn’t love hot cocoa? It’s sweet, chocolaty, warm and perfect with marshmallows. My kids are always asking for me to make a mug of this delicious concoction after school. There aren’t any suitable allergen free mixes on the market, and warming Chocolate Soy Milk doesn’t do it for me. I want something as close to the real deal as possible.

When I used to work in the city, I loved to visit Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Shoppe for a tall mug of hot cocoa to go. Over the years, I’ve turned to this easy do-it-yourself hot cocoa mix because it reminds me so much of that decadent hot cocoa I used to enjoy. There’s nothing better than warm chocolate to soothe the soul, especially on a chilly fall day. All you need is soy milk, Hersey’s cocoa powder and a little sugar. Oh, and a mere five minutes on the stove top. The best part? The aroma of simmering chocolate on the stove top can’t be beat.

Upcoming Event alert: If you are in the Austin, Texas area be sure to sign up for a holiday baking class with me at the Whole Foods Culinary School on Saturday, Nov. 14th. I’ll be hanging around afterward to sign books and talk about my favorite allergen free baking tips. Hope to see you there! Happy Baking everyone!

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Yield: 4 servings

1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hersey’s)

1/3 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. water

3 1/4 c. plain soy or rice milk

Allergen free marshmallows, for topping, if desired (I use Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows)

In a medium saucepan combine cocoa powder and granulated sugar with wire whisk. Add water and heat mixture over medium high heat until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Slowly whisk in soy milk and reduce heat. Simmer five minutes and serve in fun mugs with allergen free marshmallows.

21 Responses

  1. Thanks Kelly…this is very, very exciting. My son always feels left out when we have hot chocolate…not anymore!!! Very exciting!

  2. Have you tried coconut milk by so delicious? The vanilla one with cocoa powder and sugar in equal parts makes great cocoa! Love it. Nice and rich. Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of your recipes with us!

  3. This is going to be great. Last winter I just warmed up some chocolate soy milk and even my son was like “Mom this is just warm milk…. LAME!”

  4. You must be reading my mind. I was just wondering how I was going to make hot cocoa this year. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. As I’m typing this, I’m having ANOTHER cup of hot cocoa…I sense a new addiction other than coffee! Who says hot cocoa has to be for kids!? Cathy, I’ve haven’t tried that but I will…thanks so much for the suggestion!

  6. Kelly, I just wanted to say thanks again for your wonderful recipes. I made your sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies for my daughter’s Halloween party today. I was able to make something for both my daughter (peanut allergy) and her friend who has an egg and milk allergy. My daughter is getting used to not always being able to eat the snacks that some parents bring which I suppose is a good thing, but my heart breaks a little every time. The girls had safe snacks for the party which just makes me smile.

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  8. Thanks so much Jane!! That is fantastic!! All the kids in my son’s class enjoyed the cookies and never questioned they were allergen free. In fact, many kids asked for 2nd and 3rd helpings! Jamie, I’ve been right there with you! But this hot cocoa is so easy to make, isn’t it?

  9. I’ve only just come across your blog, and love checking it out. Will have to curtail the surfing, though, as it’s 4am! But I’m so glad to have this recipe, I’ve been thinking about coming up with an allergy-friendly hot cocoa option as well, so this will be great to try out on the kiddies. Thanks!

  10. Awesome! My husband’s allergic to whey protein. My kids couldn’t taste the difference between this and the hershey mixes. Thank you!

  11. This recipe ROCKS!! It is better than any traditional hot chocolate I’ve had – and allergy free too. Our family can’t thank you enough!

  12. Thank you so much! I love hot cocoa more than anything else for a treat. I recently found out I have a wheat intolerance or celiac disease; and the small amount of whey in my cocoa was causing me problems. I am so glad I found your easy recipe I can make with products I already have on hand.

    I’m so grateful!

  13. I’m so happy to have found this, hopefully my son will love it. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  14. THANKS!!!!My family is going on a Polar Express train ride during Thanksgiving and we get hot chocolate in mugs…..my 4 year old is so excited but ive been worrying about what he would drink. Think I will get this ready in our cabin and keep warm in a thermos until its HOT CHOCOLATE time on train!! THANKS

  15. Thank you for this! My child said it would be the best day of his life if he could drink cocoa with his friends on pajama day at school. Now, I can make that happen. Thanks for sharing to help my family!

  16. I am so excited to see this recipe~ my 18 year old has to stay away from dairy and nuts for 3 months after an allergic reaction ended him up in the ER the week before Christmas in order to “clear out his system” before testing. Needless to say, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for him. One of his favorites is hot cocoa & the hot chocolate rice and/or soy milk wasn’t going to cut it~ even with my dairy free homemade marshmallows! I am going to make this for him to have it ready when he gets up this morning~ thank you so much!!!

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