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This sugar free hot chocolate mix is so easy to make and only takes four ingredients! Chocolate milk made with this hot chocolate mix is Hadassah’s favorite snack right now. I love that she gets to enjoy something yummy without all the sugar in standard chocolate milk mixes.
Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Type
The mix itself is a THM Fuel Pull, and the fuel type of the hot chocolate or chocolate milk will be determined by the type of liquid you use to make it. (Find detailed notes about that in the recipe below.)
This hot chocolate makes a great Fuel Pull evening snack to stave off hunger and give you some protein!
Is this hot chocolate mix a THM sipper drink?
This drink is not a sipper and is meant to be enjoyed with a meal or as a snack. (It does contain protein of its own due to the collagen.)
Great gift idea!
This hot chocolate mix makes a great gift! Give jars of it away for Christmas with cute labels and a ribbon tied around the top if you’re feeling fancy.
How to make hot chocolate and chocolate milk with this hot chocolate mix
I like to use 3 tablespoons of mix per 1 ½ cups (12 ounces) of liquid when making hot chocolate, but adjust according to the strength you prefer. I don’t necessarily make my daughter’s chocolate milk as strong as my own. And I don’t know that I would make chocolate milk as strong as I would hot chocolate. Add to taste.
- MY FAVE: For the liquid, I like to use 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup half and half, and a dash of vanilla. This would be a light S, Trim Healthy Mamas. Use all almond milk instead of almond milk and water for an even creamier result. I don’t recommend using just water to make this hot chocolate mix. Not gonna lie – I do like the addition of a bit of dairy (like half and half) for optimal creaminess.
- FUEL PULL/DEEP S/DAIRY FREE: For a Fuel Pull hot chocolate, use 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and ½ cup water. This would be Deep S compliant as well, although it doesn’t contain any of its own fat. This is a good option for dairy free folks. (Don’t use all almond milk in this case because 1 cup is the limit in a Fuel Pull setting.)
- FOR CHILDREN: For my daughter’s chocolate milk I just use regular dairy milk, but this isn’t advised for adults who would like to lose weight.
The hot chocolate mix dissolves best in liquids that aren’t cold. For hot chocolate I heat the liquid first, then whisk in the mix.
For making chocolate milk with cold liquid, blending will give you the best result without clumps. For my daughter’s chocolate milk I usually heat the milk just a bit to take the cold edge off of it, then add the chocolate powder and shake to mix. It dissolves better this way than in milk cold right out of the fridge.
Add the hot chocolate mix after heating the liquid, not before.
You’ll get the best flavor adding the mix after heating the liquid. Cocoa powder gets more bitter when heated, and sweetness dissipates with cooking.
I recommend making a test cup of hot chocolate and then adding more sweetener to the mix if desired. Use THM Gentle Sweet instead of THM Super Sweet Blend if you want a more true sugar taste. (You’ll need to use about 3x the amount of Gentle Sweet as Sweet Blend according to THM’s sweetener conversion chart.)
Keep in mind that if you change the volume of sweetener in the recipe, you may need to add more or less chocolate mix to your cup to compensate for strength.
Collagen vs whey protein powder
The collagen is in the recipe for bulk, creaminess, and protein; I don’t recommend omitting it. (Doing so would drastically change how much mix you would use.)
You could try using whey protein powder or plant protein powder in its place, but the taste is on you. I prefer the lack of flavor of collagen – and it’s dairy free for those of you who need that. That being said, whey protein powder would probably make for a creamier hot chocolate mix (similar to a dry milk powder in a standard hot chocolate mix).
As always, check out the Notes section of the recipe for helpful info and answers to frequently asked questions!
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November 2021 marks my 8 year blogging anniversary (or “bloggiversary”). It was my tradition for the first several years to post a new hot chocolate recipe for each bloggiversary. I haven’t done that for awhile (you can only make hot chocolate so many different ways, ya know), but this year I’m bringing the tradition back with this hot chocolate mix recipe. I’ve gotta say – this is my favorite hot chocolate in terms of ease and flavor.