Hot Cocoa from The Kid’s Daily Plate

It finally feels like winter here in Massachusetts. Ask me in February if I want snow, and I’ll undoubtedly say “no way”, but I’m ready for it now!

The absolute best way to warm up after a couple of hours of playing in the snow is to cuddle up in a blanket with a steaming mug of hot chocolate (preferably by a roaring fire in the fireplace!); so I thought it would be a good time to share this recipe from my second e-cookbook (which is now only $3.99) with you.

Enjoy, and stay warm!

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Rich & Creamy Hot Cocoa

Step away from the prepackaged packets of hot cocoa! They are full of refined sugar, and it’s honestly just as easy to make your own from scratch. Your kids will love these warm mugs of comfort so much that they won’t even miss the mini marshmallows that so often accompany hot cocoa. If your kids like chocolate milk, make a double batch, chill the leftovers, and serve cold straight from the fridge.

Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 cups 2% reduced fat milk, preferably organic
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup, depending on taste preference
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk until the cocoa powder is thoroughly combined with the milk (this may take a few minutes).


Recipe from The Kid’s Daily Plate by Lauren Zembron

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