Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix with Flavor Variations


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.

Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe with quick Vanilla Sugar plus Spice, Mocha, and Mint Variations!

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.

Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe with quick Vanilla Sugar plus Spice, Mocha, and Mint Variations!

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.

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Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix with Flavor Options
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You can double, triple, or quadruple this recipe if you like to keep a good supply of hot cocoa at the ready.
Serves: about 6 servings
The Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
  1. Put the dairy-free milk powder, cocoa powder, vanilla sugar, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Store the hot cocoa mix in an airtight container.
To Make 1 Serving of Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa
  1. Put ¼ cup of the hot cocoa mix into a mug and whisk in 1 cup boiling water until smooth.
Vanilla Sugar Recipe: Put 2 cups sugar and 1 vanilla bean, cut into small pieces, in a food processor or a blender. Process until the vanilla bean is completely minced. Strain the sugar into a container with a tight fitting lid. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
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

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Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe with quick Vanilla Sugar plus Spice, Mocha, and Mint Variations!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. I just made this and used half cane sugar and half coconut sugar. I sifted all of the ingredients together to make sure there were no lumps of anything. Tastes great, especially with the peppermint tea added!

  3. Hot cocoa might be my favorite treat. I like to add a little spice with cinnamon and chili. And what a great gift idea to make these in mason jars! I meant to do this for friends this year but time got away from me. This will be a little motivation to makeit happen next year!

  4. So excited about this recipe and perfect timing! We recently tried to make our own and let’s just say it didn’t work out so well :).

  5. This would be great to have on hand or to give as gifts to my dairy free friends. Using a vanilla bean makes such a wonderful flavor difference instead of using an extract.

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