My daughter, Samantha, has never been a fan of milk. The only way I can get her to drink a cup of milk is to make hot chocolate (or chocolate milk). And while the pre-made versions of hot cocoa aren’t the worst thing in the world, they aren’t something I want to give her on a regular basis. That is how Samantha’s Scrumptious Hot Cocoa came to be.
Our version is free of all the fillers and artificial sweeteners that come in the pre-portioned packets (see below). It’s just as easy to make and it tastes delicious.
Bonus: She’s getting protein, calcium and vitamin D from the milk, antioxidants from the real cocoa and cinnamon, and less added sugar and sodium. Win. Win.
Samantha’s Scrumptious Hot Cocoa
Makes 1 (8-0unce) serving
1 (level) tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (I like Ghiradelli)
8 ounces skim milk
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
Dash of cinnamon
Heat milk in the microwave until warm (1-1 1/2 minutes). Add cocoa, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir and serve.
Protein: 9 g
Carbohydrate: 19 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Total Sugars: 19 g (6 g added sugar)
Total Fat: 1.5 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 100 mg
Here is a snap shot of your average ready-made hot cocoa for comparison:
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