I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!
We finally have excellent snow in northern Michigan and the downhill skiing at Nub’s Nob Ski Resort has been wonderful! My husband, boys and I have been season pass holders here for years and we’re happy to call this resort our home during the winter months.
Many children that ski often look forward to hot cocoa breaks in the lodge to warm up their cold bodies from being out in the elements. Obviously, our boys cannot drink the hot cocoa from the vending machine in the cafeteria since it contains “milk” as one of the main ingredients.
Over the years I have been making my own dairy free version of powdered hot cocoa mix. I make several individual servings for my boys to use throughout the ski season. They simply put the zip lock baggie in one of their ski jacket pockets, add hot water from the cafeteria “hot water” machine, stir, and they are the happiest kids in the lodge.
Here’s my recipe which has taken a few years to really perfect:
Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Mix
Yield: 8-10 servings
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hersey’s)
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. powdered soy milk (I use Better Than Milk Vanilla Soy Powder purchased in bulk from amazon.com- it’s the creamiest!)
Mix all of the ingredients together with a wire whisk in a bowl. I will often double or even triple the recipe making a huge batch that I store in an air tight container for the winter. I will then scoop about 3 Tablespoons of the mix into several small ziplock bags for my boys to take skiing each day. It stores well and is easy for them to grab out of the pantry in individual servings.
You can also add dehydrated or mini marshmallows to the individual baggies. I usually add these since my boys love marshmallows with their hot cocoa like most children.
Just add hot water to the mix, stir and enjoy! This powdered hot cocoa is not only Dairy Free but it’s creamy and delicious as well! Not to mention easy to take on the go whether it’s skiing, sledding or ice skating!