A super simple 3-Ingredient DIY Vegan Instant Hot Chocolate Mix you can whip up in a flash! Sugar-free, gluten-free, paleo, and top-8 allergy-free, this healthy hot cocoa mix recipe is perfect for holiday gifts or stocking the pantry with a quick a cozy drink to warm the soul!
Mmm, the cozy, body warming, deliciousness of some classic hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day! I grew up drinking gallons of hot chocolate! From those perfect packets of instant Swiss Miss (the ones with the tiny marshmallows that dissolved right when you added the hot water were the best!) to the super rich and decadent cups from Dunkin’ Donuts (which ALWAYS gave me a stomachache, but were so good!).
You could not forget the whipped cream either. Canned whipped cream was okay, but the best “hot cocoa hack” my mom taught me was to get a container of Cool Whip, keep it in the freezer, and top your hot chocolate with a big scoop of the semi-frozen cool whip. It didn’t dissolve super fast and was SO delicious to eat off the top of the hot cocoa with a spoon. DREAMS!
One thing I couldn’t STAND having in my hot chocolate was actual marshmallows. I only liked those fake little ones that were already in the packets (haha!). The whole “raw marshmallow thing” floating on top of perfect hot chocolate was just so nasty. I don’t want to chew my beverage…thank you very much. But here’s something nifty, you can buy those super mini dissolvable marshmallow “bits” now! They’re actually allergy-free, just not vegan…sigh. We always have MY sugar-free, vegan, marshmallow fluff thought! Acts as the marshmallow AND as the whipped cream!
As for the hot chocolate mix, let’s keep it super simple, super clean, but still super yummy! The first 3 ingredients in a package of Swiss Miss are: SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED WHEY. Cocoa is finally the 4th and then there is even hydrogenated oil in the packets (hydrogenated means TRANS fat, by the way.) Basically we have a huge mess on our hands and one that I don’t want to drink again (regardless of the fact that it’s not dairy-free). There should only be 3 things in a good hot chocolate mix. The cocoa, the sweetness, and the creaminess. Possibly some 3-ingredient combination like this…
That’s much more appealing don’t you think (hopefully you’ve watched the video at this point!) Just some unsweetened cocoa powder, Swerve, and coconut milk powder! A delicious, sweet, creamy win! Perfect for packaging up into pretty little jars for the upcoming holidays as gifts and of course keep in some for yourself when that craving for some hot chocolate hits! Satisfies the chocolate craving in a healthy way and warms you up (I can never get the chill out of my body in the winter!) If you remember, last year I shared my Healing Tahini Hot Chocolate recipe and told you all about my “snow day” hot chocolate childhood traditions. Well this, my friends, is just as perfect and super kid-friendly too!
3-Ingredient DIY Vegan Instant Hot Chocolate Mix
Are you having instant hot chocolate dreams right now? I am! It’s making me want to go out, play in some snow, and come back in with a red nose and warm back up with a mug of hot cocoa! That is childhood during the winter, DEFINED! Here’s me raising my mug of vegan hot chocolate with you to ring in a fabulous winter season (to my dismay!)
So tell me:
+ What are your favorite hot chocolate toppings?
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