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An organic hot chocolate recipe to get you through the cold weather!  Save money by making it in bulk and drinking it by the cup.

Save some money and make your own organic hot cocoa mix! I keep a little mason jar of this on hand and use it for making a nice café mocha or a cup of hot chocolate for the kids. It’s also a fraction of the price of the store-bought cocoa mixes…and tastes amazing! (Need a quick gift idea? Make a large batch and divide into mason jars with a little ribbon and gift tag!)

Organic Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup organic raw cacao (or cocoa) powder
3/4 cup organic sugar (I use coconut sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
“Guts” from the inside of one vanilla bean pod

In a blender or food processor, mix the organic raw cocoa powder with the organic sugar or coconut sugar. Add in the salt and the “guts” from one vanilla bean pod. Blend until the sugar and salt have been powdered. Store in an air-tight jar and use as needed.

No vanilla beans on hand? No problem. Add a bit of vanilla extract to your cocoa when cooking (about 1/8 teaspoon per cup).

To Prepare a Cup of Hot Cocoa:

Mix about 1-2 spoonfuls of cocoa mix in 1 cup hot milk (or non-dairy milk alternative). Stir to combine. I find it best when prepared on the stove top.

Optional: melted some grated chocolate in with your cocoa! I’ve also tried adding the grated chocolate in the blender stage, and it works ok, but the clean-up isn’t as easy.

Another option: add a small pinch of various spices to your blend. I’ve tried: cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, crystallized ginger, and cayenne pepper… though I wouldn’t recommend all at the same time.

Yet another option: add 1-2 teaspoons espresso powder in your mix before blending. I’m not confessing to anything, but there may have been an incident where I inadvertently added a full shot of espresso to my kids’ hot cocoa one morning. NOT RECOMMENDED.

Why organic chocolate? Read up on everything we learned about organic vs. regular chocolate.

    • Lana

      Haha on the espresso for the kids! My (grown) children are so weird with caffeine. It puts them to sleep. Go figure.

    • NCMom

      I’ve looked in our local stores (Walmart/Ingles) and I cannot find vanilla beans. I actually asked an employee and they had no clue. HA! Where do you usually purchase them? Maybe I need to stop by Publix next time I’m near one. Also, Jenny, how long will the ingredients store? Would you recommend freezing it? Thanks, looking forward to making this!

      • Publix should have them in the spice section! The organic ingredients should store for the same as regular cocoa and sugar would. Hope this helps!

      • mwrnkls

        Target has them!

    • Nickie

      Who has the best price on organic raw cacao?

    • anonymous

      off question- but I had to ask.
      recently I used a cookie recipe off of a blog and read the comments too to see any updates for that cookie. But I came across a few that said- “great after school snack- I always have it handy”. I did post a question there but it was deleted.
      I will tell you what I asked.
      “I love chocolate, cakes, cookies a lot, a lot, seriously more than my kids love those. I make it sometimes. I know it is junk and I will eat that junk- junkful indulgence. But I read the comments where people say it is a great after school snack- how is it a great afterschool snack? it is a junk, a treat with no nutrition in it. I asked why do people think like so”
      My comment there was deleted.
      Really… calling junk a junk offends people.
      no matter who makes it or eats it- junk will be junk.
      I am not against junk- I love junk food myself sometimes. but why should anyone get offended.
      I am hoping to get my answers here.
      TIA

    • anonymous

      off question- but I had to ask.
      recently I used a cookie recipe off of a blog and read the comments too to see any updates for that cookie. But I came across a few that said- “great after school snack- I always have it handy”. I did post a question there but it was deleted.
      I will tell you what I asked.
      “I love chocolate, cakes, cookies a lot, a lot, seriously more than my kids love those. I make it sometimes. I know it is junk and I will eat that junk- junkful indulgence. But I read the comments where people say it is a great after school snack- how is it a great afterschool snack? it is a junk, a treat with no nutrition in it. I asked why do people think like so”
      My comment there was deleted.
      Really… calling junk a junk offends people.
      no matter who makes it or eats it- junk will be junk.
      I am not against junk- I love junk food myself sometimes. but why should anyone get offended.
      I am hoping to get my answers here.
      TIA

    • Elizabeth

      I literally laughed out loud at this post! Love the espresso story!! Have you ever tried mixing nonfat dry milk with this to make an instant “just add water” mix? I’d love to know how much dry milk to use, if you can recommend how to make it work. Thanks!