Clean Eating Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

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This easy-to-make, clean eating hot chocolate mix works for your own pantry too!

This is a simple one guys. A clean, quick, easy and affordable mix you can give as a gift for the holidays!

Here’s the thing. Hot coco mix is typically a mixture of 3 ingredients (when made at home). Powdered milk, cocoa powder and sugar. You then add water to it to reconstitute everything.

But I just don’t see the point in all that. First of all, there’s nothing clean about powdered milk. And second, I’ve honestly never liked “watering down” my hot chocolate. I much prefer the richness that comes when making it with real milk, so I avoid anything that involves water like the plague when it comes to my hot chocolate. So does Mini Chef.

A mason jar mug sits on a wooden background filled with hot chocolate made from this Clean Eating Hot Chocolate Mix. A clear bag sits next to it filled with the dry mix and tied with a red ribbon.

I enjoy keeping this mix around for my little guy. He loves “getting snuggly”. Give him a fireplace, a warm snuggly blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and he’s happy as a bug in a rug. Some of my favorite memories are of him laying in front of the fireplace at my mom’s house.  He loves to set up his blankets in front of the fireplace and tuck him and his stuffies in underneath them. Then he stares into the fire as he sips his hot chocolate. He’s quite the little man in moments like those.

Mini Chef By The Fire


Just for fun, I created this free, printable gift tag to go with any package of this mix you might want to give as a gift this season. There are 4 tags per page. Just print, cut, punch a whole in the corner and slip onto the ribbon you attach to your gift. Click here for your labels.



You can find Sucanat at many health food stores or you can get it on amazon here: Sucanat (amazon affiliate link)

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Clean Eating Hot Chocolate Mix

Clean Eating Hot Chocolate Mix

Finally!! A clean eating hot chocolate mix that is super fast and easy to make, and will store well in your pantry.
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Course: Drinks, Dry Mix
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 37kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry



  • Put both ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to blend well.
  • Do your best to smash larger clumps. You want the pieces to be as small and as close to a powder consistency as possible. Larger clumps will change the flavor of your hot chocolate and make it slightly more bitter. So break them up the best you can. This may take a minute or two.
  • You can also put the ingredients in a plastic, Ziploc bag and mash it with your hands until the larger clumps are gone.
  • To make chocolate milk, simply combine 1 tbsp. mix with 1 cup of milk (any kind).
  • NOTE: This mix is purposefully not overly sweet. If you want a sweeter hot chocolate, I recommend adding more sucanat to your hot chocolate AFTER making it and pouring into mugs or cups. That way, each person can sweeten it to their own tastes.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data is for dry mix only and does not include milk or other liquid.


Serving: 1tbsp. (does not include milk) | Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. Silly question….where do I find the fair trade cocoa powder??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      April – I find mine at Whole foods. Amazon probably has it too.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for posting this…I love hot chocolate, but really love white chocolate even better. Can this be modified to a white choc. version? Thank you

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gina – I’ve never seen an unsweetened white chocolate powder, but if it exists, I don’t see why not.

  3. Would this work as a “Chocolate Milk” mix for Cold Milk too?? a Sub for Nestle Quik.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Linda – Yes, but you’d have to let it sit for a bit so that the chocolate and sugar can dissolve into the milk. I would put it in a container with a lid and shake it occasionally.

  4. Can I use cacao powder?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rebecca – Yes.

  5. Kelli Ward says:

    Can Stevia or another sweetener be used?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelli – As far as I know, stevia isn’t clean unless you make it yourself from the plant. You would also have to play around with the proportions. 1 cup of stevia would make somebody’s eyes cross. You could maybe start with 1/2 tsp. and see how it tastes, moving up from there until you get your desired level of sweetness.

  6. Sandra Tranmer says:

    This is very similar to what I prepare for my 11 year-old (and yes, I am with you there: cocoa and milk is THE way to go!) We add a pinch of cinnamon to it or, if I’m having a hot chocolate as a solo pleasure, I had about 1/8tsp of cayenne pepper. It adds a little bit of a kick to it but without being too spicy 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sandra – Oh! The cayenne sound good. I’ll have to try that next time we make it.

  7. So Sucanat is better for you than sugar? I am allergic to refined sugar, so could I use this??

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – With an allergy, I really couldn’t say. As far as I understand it, it’s just regular sugar that has been dehydrated rather than processed and refined. But I have no idea if it’s something you could tolerate. I would talk to your doctor about it.

  8. Could you use demerara instead of sucanat?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Haley – I don’t know anything about demerara, sorry. I’ll look into it though.

  9. Would this work with coconut sugar?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rebekah – Sure!

  10. Margaret Wood says:

    Hey : This looks great. Is sucanat lower in calories than regular sugar?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Margaret – I’ve never compared, but I’m guessing they’d be roughly the same. The main difference is the processing.

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