Instant Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix (Dairy-free)

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By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Rich cocoa mingling with creamy coconut and tangy raspberries.

Cold winter days were made for hot cocoa. It’s the time of year that is perfect for warming yourself by the fire and wrapping your hands around a steaming mug of cocoa.

You love hot cocoa, you savor the simple art of heating the milk on your stove in your favourite stainless steel pot and mixing your cocoa and sweetener together and whisking it into the milk.

But some days, you just can’t. You may be having a busy day. Or maybe you are just.too.tired.

Instant cocoa mixes from the store are tempting for those days when you aren’t going to be able to make a cup from scratch. Unfortunately, the ingredients are generally not nourishing. If you need it to be dairy-free, you are going to be hard pressed to find one.

Did you know that you can make your own dairy-free mix in 5 minutes?

Coconut milk powder is my go to for making instant hot cocoa. It is dairy-free and full of nutrients.

A basic mix is always nice to have on hand but sometimes you want something a little different. Raspberry and chocolate have long been a favourite combination of mine, second only to peppermint. I have enjoyed many cups of raspberry Earl Grey hot cocoa over the years.

This instant raspberry hot cocoa mix only has five ingredients, coconut milk powder, cocoa powder, unrefined sugar, freeze dried raspberries, and unrefined salt. It is perfect for those days when you need an easy to prepare cup of hot cocoa! If you prefer you can use powdered cow or goat milk.

Ingredients Needed:

Instant raspberry hot cocoa mix is also a perfect gift when paired with a cute mug!

Instant Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 2 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered cocoa (Fair trade and organic, preferred)
  • 3/4 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1/8 tsp unrefined salt

Directions:

1: Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for about one minute or until the raspberries are completely powdered.

2:  Sift the mix into a bowl using a sifter or a fine mesh strainer to remove the raspberry seeds.

3: Store in a glass jar for up to a year.

Mix 1 to 3 TBS of cocoa mix with 8 ounces of hot water depending on the desired strength of the cocoa. Stir until smooth. Top with coconut milk whipped cream if desired.

Instant Raspberry Hot Cocoa
 
Serves: 3½ cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered cocoa
  • ¾ cup unrefined sugar
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for about one minute or until the raspberries are completely powdered.
  2. Sift the mix into a bowl using a sifter or a fine mesh strainer to remove the raspberry seeds.
  3. Store in a glass jar for up to a year.
  4. Mix 1 to 3 TBS of cocoa mix with 8 ounces of hot water depending on the desired strength of the cocoa. Stir until smooth. Top with coconut milk whipped cream if desired.

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list. You can easily use pumpkin pie spice from the store, but I have been using my own blend that takes less than five minutes to whip up.

Other Autumn Drinks to Enjoy:

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups raw milk (or milk or milk substitute of your choice)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
3 TBS cocoa powder
3 TBS maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp unrefined salt
Maple whipped cream (optional)

1. Heat your milk in a small saucepan. (If you are using raw milk and want to preserve the enzymes do not heat above 110.)

2. While the milk is heating, mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, making a paste.

3. Once the milk is warm, mix the cocoa paste into the milk with a whisk.

4. Pour into two mugs and top with maple whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
 
Serves: 2
 
Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk or milk substitute of your choice)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
  • Maple whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat your milk in a small sauce pan. ( If you are using raw milk and want to preserve the enzymes do not heat above 110).
  2. While the milk is heating, mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, making a paste.
  3. Once the milk is warm, mix the cocoa paste into the milk with a whisk.
  4. Pour into two mugs and top with maple whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice if desired.

What is your favorite autumn hot drink?

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom

 Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet.

I’ve been working on getting anti-inflammatory spices in my diet on a more regular basis. This beautiful iced drink gives me not only healthy (and creamy) coconut milk, but the scrumptious flavors of turmeric, ginger, vanilla and is gently sweetened with honey. Leave out if on a strict Autoimmune Protocol Diet, but here I’ve also added one of my favorite spices, cardamom. It adds so much! This is one delicious way to enjoy these spices.

Before I brought you a more traditional Golden Milk recipe, then I brought you a Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth – which is a savory version of the sweet drink. Now I wanted something to enjoy on a hot afternoon, and this is lovely for that.

For other lovely summer recipes check out this list of 41 Sweet and Refreshing Summer Recipes.

AIP notes: Use gum free coconut milk or cream, like the brand listed below, and leave our cardamon and black pepper.

Ingredients:

Chilled, with creamy coconut milk, lovely spices, and gently sweetened with honey, this AIP-friendly drink is a delicious way to cool down and get anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

 

Iced Golden Milk Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice

Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.

Iced Golden Milk Latte with Coconut Milk and Cardamom
 
Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coconut milk or cream (you can thin down with water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried cardamom (leave out if strict AIP)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-4 teaspoons honey
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut milk with the spices until just simmering. Whisk in the honey and vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Fill one large glass with ice, or two small glasses with ice. Pour golden milk over the ice. Stir and enjoy.

 

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth

This golden broth is flavored and colored by bright turmeric, ginger, with garlic undertones and richness from coconut milk. It's a savory version of "Golden Milk" and so delicious! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This savory broth is a lovely mix of creamy coconut milk, nourishing chicken broth, and is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and garlic for a flavorful, anti-inflammatory sipping broth.

This is my savory version of “golden milk” – a traditional drink that is sweet and spicy. This version uses salt instead of honey, and chicken broth instead of water for a great way to mix things up. Plus, you get the benefit of homemade chicken broth! (Though, the recipe also works with store-bought as well).

I’ve been trying to add more turmeric to our diets lately, and this is a delicious way to do so. My kids love it! They like it especially if I add a handful of rice to give them something to bite into.

As homemade broths and stocks continue to gain popularity, flavored sipping broths are getting a foothold. Those who have followed a “nourishing” diet have long extolled the pleasures of sipping salted homemade broth in the morning chill. That idea is taking off now even commercially. I still enjoy an occasional cup or rich broth by itself, but I love flavoring mine. One example is this recipe. Another one of my favorites is my Simple Thai Broth from my cookbook, Ladled: Nourishing Soups for all Seasons. (Amazon links are affiliate).

AIP Note: This recipe is safe for you if you leave out the black pepper and use a gum free coconut milk/cream. If/when you can handle black pepper, add it, as it helps you get the benefit from the turmeric.

Recipe Notes: I use organic spices, and this brand of gum free Coconut Cream .

This golden broth is flavored and colored by bright turmeric, ginger, with garlic undertones and richness from coconut milk. It's a savory version of "Golden Milk" and so delicious! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of whole fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric*
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled*
  • Generous sprinkle of ground pepper, (freshly ground, preferred)
  • Unrefined salt

Directions:

1In a medium both combine all of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Simmer, on low, or medium-low heat for about ten minutes. Remove garlic with a spoon, salt to taste, and enjoy! Serve 2-4.

Notes:

*I’ve also made this with fresh ginger and turmeric. Take 2-3 inches of turmeric and fresh ginger, and slice it on a diagonal. Add to broth instead of the ground versions. Remove the roots along with the garlic before serving.

*You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a punch.

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth
 
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of whole fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric*
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled*
  • Generous sprinkle of ground pepper, (freshly ground, preferred)
  • Unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium both combine all of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Simmer, on low, or medium-low heat for about ten minutes. Remove garlic with a spoon, salt to taste, and enjoy! Serve 2-4.
Notes
*I’ve also made this with fresh ginger and turmeric. Take 2-3 inches of turmeric and fresh ginger, and slice it on a diagonal. Add to broth instead of the ground versions. Remove the roots along with the garlic before serving.

*You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a punch.(Not AIP)