Instant Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix


Instant Dairy-free Hot Cocoa Mix-

Instant hot cocoa mix is a life saver. What can I say? I love my traditional hot cocoa recipe and all the variations but sometimes you just need a nice mix on hand.

A real foodie using an instant mix? Yup. 🙂 I don’t like using powdered milk because of the negative health benefits but when you use powdered coconut milk that’s a whole other story to save for a post next year. I used to LOVE instant hot cocoa, it was our Friday day night treat in the winter growing up. It came on every camping trip and was a staple on youth group missions trips where I would add two bags to every small styrofoam cups.

Now I can’t stand the stuff. It tastes so weak and fake. 

Let’s say I’ve progressed a bit LOT! I came up with a dairy-free mix last year but you have to add it to milk. (It’s still AMAZING to have on hand I might add…) what I really wanted was a mix that could be added to hot water and you were good to go.

This mix is easy to whip up for a simple gift. Pour the mix in a glass jar, tie a ribbon around it and you have an awesome gift! If you want you can add a fun spoon and a note on how to use it. Personally I think how strong you like your cocoa is different for each individual so I just hand them a jar and tell them to mix in as much as the want until it tastes right. 😉 I think 2 1/2 teaspoons is perfect but that’s just me…
Note: I use Wilderness Family’s powdered coconut milk. There is a very slight amount of casein in the mix. I have heard of other people finding 100% dairy-free powdered coconut milk on Amazon which is why I labeled the post as such. 

Other Hot Cocoa Drinks:

Dairy Free Instant Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 2 parts cocoa powder
  • 2 parts powdered coconut milk
  • 1 part coconut sugar (or other unrefined sugar)
  1. Add the cocoa powder, powdered coconut milk and sugar to a jar, screwing the lid on tightly.
  2. Shake until mixed.
  3. Add 1 to 3 TBS of mix to a cup of hot water. Mix until smooth.

What is your favourite type of hot cocoa?

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Where do you find dried coconut milk? the closest thing I’ve been able to find is powdered coconut cream at the International store but I don’t want all the junk that comes in it.


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