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Dairy-free Hot Cocoa Mix

At the end of a cold, snowy day like today, there’s not much better than a merry cup of hot cocoa.

For years, I skipped all opportunities for drinking hot cocoa because it is traditionally made with milk, which gives hot cocoa its creamy goodness. Dry hot chocolate mixes contain dried milk, which is why they work when you add hot water.

But as someone who is lactose-intolerant, an innocent cup of hot cocoa can lay me out in agony for the better part of eight hours.

dehydrated coconut milkSo when my son’s class had a “hot chocolate party” before the holiday break, I wanted to supply him with a hot chocolate mix that was safe for him so that he wouldn’t feel deprived and left out of the treat. The tricky part was finding a dry dairy-free milk product so that he could make it with hot water at school just like the other kids would be doing to make their regular dairy hot chocolate.

Then I remembered Let’s Do Organic… Organic Creamed Coconut. This is pure dehydrated coconut milk formed into a dry block. I made a little container-full using the following basic proportions. You should feel free to adjust anything as you desire. This is so delicious that it would made a great homemade gift packaged in a glass jar and tied with a pretty ribbon.

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Dairy-free Hot Cocoa Mix

1 part chocolate powder (I used Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa because that’s what I had)
3 parts sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
3 parts dried coconut milk
mini marshmallows (optional)

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Place 3 Tbsp. of mix into a mug and add 8 oz hot water.

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