I know, hot chocolate with just water…sounds a little iffy, doesn’t it? Well, when you are plum out of dairy-free milk and all the neighbor kids are chanting in the front yard for hot cocoa in December, you find a way to make it happen.
I knew making hot cocoa with just water was a gamble. Google searches pretty much told me this would be disastrous, who makes hot chocolate without milk? But I was willing to take my chances. Kids are easy to please, right?
So after a little trial and error, I finally secured a decent hot chocolate with basic ingredients from the pantry…and water.
And shoot, this was so inexpensive to make that I’m willing to supply the neighborhood children all winter long.
The only caveat here is that you will want to add a splash of SOMETHING creamy. Just a dash of NON-DAIRY milk or whipped cream or canned coconut milk or creamer or ice cream. Marshmallows suffice, as well. You get the idea. A little something creamy will make this hot cocoa legit, and we used marshmallows.
And since that day with the neighbor kids, I have been able to make this into an “on-the-go” instant hot cocoa mix! Just leave out the extracts, use 2 Tablespoons of marshmallows for the “creamy element”, and throw the rest of the ingredients into a baggie (cocoa, sugar, chocolate, salt, marshmallows). You’ll only need a cup and hot water to make your dairy-free hot cocoa while you’re out.
As an adult with a little more sophisticated taste, of course I like a milky hot chocolate better. But my kids don’t bat an eye at this water version so I can definitely recommend it for when you’re in a pinch.
1 Serving of Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
2 Tbs. cocoa powder
2 Tbs. powdered sugar
2 Tbs. dairy-free chocolate
Dash of salt
2 Tbs. of something dairy-free & creamy (like marshmallows)
Splash of vanilla extract (optional) (affiliate)
Splash of peppermint extract (optional) (affiliate)
Heat enough water in your tea kettle for servings needed. 4-6 oz. per serving. I love my electric kettle!
Put cocoa, powdered sugar, chocolate, salt in the bottom of the mugs. Mix together.
Pour hot water over mixture in the mugs and stir vigorously until incorporated.
Add your creamy element.