Over a decade ago, I adapted this dairy-free hot cocoa mix recipe from a Whole Foods formula. It’s a simple, time-tested blend with a quick homemade vanilla sugar plus Spice, Mocha, and Mint flavor variations. Package this mix in a decorated jar, with the directions attached, for a wonderful holiday gift. Or whip up a big batch and store it in your pantry to enjoy whenever a hot cocoa craving hits.
About Dairy-Free Milk Powder
This dairy-free hot cocoa mix recipe uses dairy-free milk powder. This ingredient is sold in supplement stores and natural food stores. However, you can also find dairy-free soy, rice, and coconut versions online. But use caution with coconut milk powder. Some brands actually contain a small amount of dairy in the form of caseinate. A couple of dairy-free coconut milk powder brands that I like include Native Forest and Opportuniteas.
The amazing Leah took the pictures of this dairy-free hot cocoa mix recipe. She used soymilk powder and said “it turned out great! It’s the perfect winter sip and an easy peasy gift idea.” She blended the mix with the boiling water to make it extra creamy and frothy.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally grain-free, nut-free, optionally soy-free, peanut-free, vegan, vegetarian, and optionally top food allergy-friendly.
- Put the dairy-free milk powder, cocoa powder, vanilla sugar, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Store the hot cocoa mix in an airtight container.
- Put ¼ cup of the hot cocoa mix into a mug and whisk in 1 cup boiling water until smooth.
Spice Hot Cocoa Mix: Add 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg to the mix and whisk to combine.
Mocha Hot Cocoa Mix: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons instant coffee to the mix and whisk to combine.
Mint Hot Cocoa: Add 1 mint tea bag to the hot cocoa once you add the boiling water, and let it brew for 3 minutes. Squeeze the bag to extract the liquid when you remove it.
Key Pantry Ingredients: Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix