By Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, SELF magazine
Q. Now that the weather is getting colder, I'd love to treat my family to a healthy version of hot chocolate. Any recipes or recommendations?
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A. Hot chocolate is a lovely cool weather treat for kids and adults alike. But grocery store mixes often contain ingredients like hydrogenated oils or artificial sweeteners. I suggest making up your own "instant" hot chocolate mix using cocoa powder, sweetener, and powdered milk.
Here's a basic recipe:
- 2 cups powdered milk
- 2/3 cup sugar (or less, see below)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (more if you like it extra chocolaty)
- Pinch salt
Combine all ingredients and store in an air-tight container. To make a cup of hot chocolate, measure 1/4 cup of mix into a mug, add boiling water and stir until blended. The recipe makes about 14 servings. (Click here for a complete nutritional analysis.)
Make it healthier:
- For a creamier cup (plus some extra