Day 2 Skinny Hot Chocolate Mix!

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I love giving gifts around this time of year that are healthy versions of peoples favorite treats! Something about this time of year just lends itself to sweets, and hot chocolate is certainly a classic! The problem is, it is vey hard to find a hot chocolate mix that is low in sugar and still tastes as creamy and chocolaty as the full sugar/fat versions! I made it my mission this year to create a hot chocolate mix that was both rich and healthy, and I have to say…I love it so much, I plan to give it away as a gift to even people who claim to ‘dislike’ healthy food! I think I may just convert even the biggest skeptic with this holiday recipe! 

Method

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 5 minutes.

1

Mix everything together in a medium mixing bowl until ingredients are well combined. Pour mixture into a closed container, such as a mason jar for a beautiful and festive gift!

2

To enjoy hot chocolate, mix 1 tbs dry mix with 1 cup hot almond milk, skim milk, or water. Stir until hot chocolate mix is completely dissolved and well combined. Add additional sweetener and 1-3 drops peppermint extract to individual portions if desired! 

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Ingredients

6 tbsUnsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cupDry nonfat milk powder (I used Carnation brand)
1 tsp Cornstarch
1 tspSalt
3/4 cup Baking stevia OR 1 1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1
Optional:Peppermint extract for peppermint hot chocolate

1 Or 18 pkts stevia.

Katie's Tip!

To give as a gift, place hot chocolate mix in a mason jar and tie a pretty bow with a tag explaining how to make the perfect cup of hot cocoa! Pair with a candy cane as a stir stick, and a bottle of peppermint extract to make it extra festive!

Nutrition Breakdown

16 Servings (each serving is 1 tbs, makes a total of 1 cup of mix)
15 Calories per Serving
0 g Fat
3 g Carbohydrate
1 g Fiber
1.5 g Sugar
1 g Protein
0 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

24 Comments

Haley S said:

Yay! I’m so excited for this recipe! It will definitely be on my December to-make list! (:

December 4th, 2012 — 10:14am  |  Reply

Kylie said:

Super cute! :) Thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking for a good DIY cocoa recipe, and this seems like the perfect mix of simple and delicious.

December 4th, 2012 — 9:25pm  |  Reply

Kylie said:

May I also ask where you can get the cute cocoa stirrers in the picture? :)

December 4th, 2012 — 9:26pm  |  Reply

Katie Prucha said:

What a cute idea!

December 5th, 2012 — 2:23pm  |  Reply

katrina said:

this looks great!!! it’s really helpful that you put how many stevia pkts. to, thanks so much!!! :)

December 7th, 2012 — 11:11pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a good hot chocolate recipe so I don’t have to use packets. This recipe is not only good for you, it tastes DELICIOUS. Better than packets by far!! Thank you so much Katie!!

December 8th, 2012 — 1:14pm  |  Reply

Kate Lanham said:

I made this and added espresso into my hot cocoa to make it like a skinny mocha…it was delish! Next I’m going to try the peppermint version and can’t wait!

December 10th, 2012 — 5:30pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

If you make this recipe using a sweetener that measures like sugar (so in other words, use 1 1/2 cups sweetener instead of 3/4 cup) is it still 1 Tbsp to 1 cup water/milk?

December 11th, 2012 — 5:55pm  |  Reply

Kelsi said:

Can you use xanthan gum instead of the cornstarch?

December 14th, 2012 — 4:14pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i’m sure it would! not sure how much to use, but i’d start with 1/2 tsp

December 15th, 2012 — 10:09am  | 

jenny said:

kind of unrelated, but is there such a thing as white chocolate, or vanilla powder? I have a mild chocolate allergy, but i really want a hot wintery drink!!

December 15th, 2012 — 9:46pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Maybe you could try vanilla protein powder

December 16th, 2012 — 6:12am  | 

Kim Sanderson said:

Thanks so much for this recipe. I am diabetic and have not eaten well the past couple of weeks, and my sugars are high. I have been craving and eating chocolate peppermint brownies, popsicles and candy. You recipe is truly a Godsend for me!

December 22nd, 2012 — 9:27pm  |  Reply

Libby said:

I wanted to write and let you know that I made this mix up and had a cup of hot cocoa today. I did a 7 mile run in the cold and I was so glad to have a healthy hot drink waiting for me! This cocoa is SO SO SO good! I would not have known it was healthy! LOVE it! I made mine with unswt. almond milk and did not add the peppermint but I can’t wait to try it with the peppermint in it! Thank YOu so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

December 27th, 2012 — 4:14pm  |  Reply

Cheryl said:

I was looking for a good fat free hot chocolate mix and this is the best one I have found. As others have said, it is so much better than the store bought diet mixes. They clump and won’t even stir up correctly. I honestly would not have known this was fat free and sugar free. For the sweetener I used 1 cup of Splenda. This is delicious and I will definitely keep it on hand.

February 11th, 2013 — 3:20pm  |  Reply

Erin Terpstra said:

It is good if you add a packet of sugar free hoc plate pudding to the mix :) makes it creamy!!!

February 13th, 2013 — 7:52pm  |  Reply

Barbara Johnson said:

Loving this on cold mornings and I love to add some to my coffee as it’s gives it the chocolate flavor I use to get by adding other forms of chocolate flavored creamers that were not always that great! Loving this convenience too of making a cup quickly since I doubled the recipe and keep it in jar on my counter for fast fixes!

March 22nd, 2013 — 9:56am  |  Reply

Amy said:

Great recipe….kids loved it too…with the peppermint chucks of course. I did find it too salty for us and them, so I doubled the rest of the ingredients and omitted the salt to the first batch to balance it out. :)

November 10th, 2013 — 3:11pm  |  Reply

carolyn george said:

Could you give the brand name of the baking stevia you use? Thanks.

December 15th, 2013 — 2:36pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

nu stevia

December 15th, 2013 — 3:17pm  | 

Lindsey V. said:

This sounds so good! I’ll definitely have to try this one since the last mix I made was a dud.

What exactly is the cornstarch for in the recipe? Is it just to thicken it slightly or is there another purpose to using the cornstarch? I wonder if it could be left out.

Thanks for the recipe!

December 30th, 2013 — 3:34pm  |  Reply

Christina said:

I wonder about the cornstarch, too. I’m wondering because of GMO’s…

February 15th, 2014 — 3:55pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

i buy one from trader joes that is all natural

February 25th, 2014 — 2:28pm  | 

Ross said:

I got ordered by the doctor to lose weight – or else. So I’ve been looking for a lower calorie hot chocolate because frankly, I hate coffee and I’ve been adding powdered caffeine to my morning hot chocolate. BUT as other’s have posted, the big name diet hot chocolate is a pain to mix up. This has even less calories (16 vs 25 – every bit helps!) so I tried it out.

I made this with Ghiradelli baking cocoa and Truvia. Had to leave out the corn starch as we didn’t HAVE any (like the previous poster, I’m curious as to what effect this has?).

I’m not terribly sold on this yet – takes some getting used to. Perhaps it’s the taste of the stevia. Also, it’s much more “dark chocolatey” than “milk chocolatey” Is there some kind of ground cocoa that’s closer to the taste of milk chocolate?

Also… the powdered milk doesn’t seem to all dissolve; I wind up with some at the bottom of the cup. Any thoughts on why? (It’s the Shaw’s house brand – Everyday Essentials).

January 6th, 2014 — 9:29am  |  Reply

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