Hot Chocolate Mix with Variations (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free)

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This assortment of hot cocoa mix recipes was created by the chefs at Whole Foods.  Package this mix in a decorated jar, with the directions attached, for a wonderful holiday gift.

Traditional Organic Hot Cocoa Mix:

  • 1 cup organic dry powdered rice or soy milk
  • 1/4 cup good quality organic cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup vanilla sugar (see recipe below)
  • Pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To make hot cocoa, stir one cup boiling water into 1/4 cup mix.

Spiced Organic Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 1 recipe Traditional Organic Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To make hot cocoa, stir one cup boiling water into 1/4 cup mix.

Java Style with Almond

  • 1 recipe Traditional Organic Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 to 2 TB organic instant coffee or coffee substitute

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To make hot cocoa, stir one cup boiling water into 1/4 cup mix.

Hot Mint Cocoa

  • 1/4 cup Traditional Organic Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 herbal mint tea bag

Fill one mug with the Traditional Hot Cocoa Mix. Add 1 cup boiling water and the mint tea bag. Steep for 1 to 3 minutes.

Hot Almond Cocoa

  • 1/4 cup Traditional Organic Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 almond flavored tea bag

Fill one mug with the Traditional Hot Cocoa Mix. Add 1 cup boiling water and the almond tea bag. Steep for 1 to 3 minutes.

Vanilla Sugar

  • 2 cups organic unbleached raw cane sugar, (such as Florida Crystals or Sucanat)
  • 1 whole vanilla bean, cut up into small pieces

Combine the sugar with the vanilla bean in a food processor or a blender. Process until the vanilla bean is completely minced. Strain sugar into a container with a tight fitting lid. Store in a cool dry place.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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