By Wendy Stoltz / Last Modified On January 15, 2023
You can make your own rich, chocolaty gluten free hot chocolate mix with a few simple ingredients.
Instructions included for a dairy free hot chocolate mix.
Use this gluten free hot cocoa mix to make Whipped Hot Chocolate.
This simple gluten-free hot chocolate mix with a dairy-free hot chocolate option will be a new staple in your house.
Do you need a cookie recipe to go with your gluten free hot chocolate? How about Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies? Or perhaps you prefer a Gluten-Free Ladyfinger or Gluten-Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie .
Gluten Free Hot Chocolate
I started making my own gluten free hot chocolate mix as soon as I learned that my girls couldn't have gluten. There are so many additives in store bought hot cocoa mixes and I couldn't risk the potential of cross contamination.
And some hot chocolate mixes contain gluten in the ingredients, which is crazy.
Things got really tricky when we discovered that one of our girls also had an intolerance to dairy. I experimented with ingredients and shortly found the right ratio to achieve delicious results. You can make this into a dairy free hot chocolate mix.
Is cocoa powder gluten-free?
Natural cocoa powder (meaning no added ingredients) is gluten-free. Where you might find gluten is if the cocoa was processed on shared equipment that also processes glutinous products.
Also, if a company adds any ingredients or fillers to cocoa products. Always check labels before purchasing cocoa.
This gluten free hot chocolate recipe only uses a few simple, naturally gluten free ingredients.
Dairy Free Hot Chocolate
This hot cocoa mix is really easy to make and stores well in a glass jar in the pantry. You can double or triple the batch of gluten free hot chocolate to stock up for winter.
If you are not able to have dairy, omit the dry milk powder to make this a dairy free hot chocolate.
I hope you enjoy this Gluten-Free Hot Cocoa Mix as much as we do. Our family has made this dairy free hot chocolate mix for years. For an extra special twist, we add a dash of cinnamon or a candy cane.
Check also other Gluten Free Dairy Free Recipes.
Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Mix
To make this gluten free hot chocolate a dairy free hot chocolate mix, use coconut milk powder instead of milk powder. It gives it a slight coconut taste, and is delicious. You can also leave out the milk powder all together and stir in your favorite dairy free milk for a creamy touch.
Is Nestle hot chocolate gluten free?
Although Nestle does not add any gluten products to their cocoa mixes, they do processed their hot chocolate mixes on equipment that also processes wheat-containing ingredients.
How to make gluten free hot chocolate
- Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl.
- Mix until combined.
- Store in airtight container or glass jar in the cupboard.
- When you're ready to make your gluten free hot cocoa. Add 3 heaping teaspoons to 8-10 ounces of hot water or milk (or dairy-free milk).
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes only. Please see the printable recipe card below.
I've used this Gluten-Free Hot Cocoa Mix to make homemade mochas several times. I put a couple of scoops of the gluten free hot chocolate mix into a mug with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Then I pour the hot coffee over the hot cocoa mix and stir until no lumps remain. Add in a splash of your favorite milk, or dairy-free milk and stir. It's incredible and it's a lot less expensive than purchasing a mocha at a coffee shop.
If you need a sugar free hot cocoa mix you'll want to try this Keto Hot Chocolate.
Did you make this hot cocoa mix? Please stop back by and leave a comment below letting me know what you thought.
Gluten-Free Hot Chocolate
This simple gluten-free hot cocoa mix with a dairy-free option will be a new staple in your house. You are going to love this gluten free hot chocolate!
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
- ½ cup non-fat dry milk powder (omit for dairy free version or use dried coconut milk powder)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Optional: 2 teaspoons vanilla bean powder (or add vanilla to the hot liquid)
- Whisk all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Store in airtight container or glass jar in the cupboard.
- When you're ready to make your hot cocoa. Add 3 heaping teaspoons to 8-10 ounces of hot water or hot milk for a creamier version.
- If you are making the dairy free version add cocoa mix to 8 ounces of plain hot water, or dairy-free milk.
- Use a high quality cocoa.
- To make this gluten free hot chocolate a dairy free hot chocolate mix, use coconut milk powder instead of milk powder. You can also leave out the milk powder all together and stir in your favorite dairy free milk for a creamy touch.
- You can double or triple this gluten free hot chocolate recipe and stock up.
Serving Size:3 teaspoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 42gProtein: 3g
Would you use unsweetened almond milk or original?
I use unsweetened almond milk 🙂
Another question...it says 1c. unsweetened. Unsweetened what?? I'm not understanding that line.
Yes! It was supposed to say cocoa. Thanks for the catch, I just updated it!
It looks like when I updated the photo in the recipe widget, it was deleted. It was supposed to say cocoa. Thanks for the catch, I just updated it!
What brand of vanilla bean powder do you recommend? Amazon has a few but the reviews are so mixed, I don't want to waste money.
I don't see the one I used to use on here but Sunny Day is suppose to have a good one. Hope that helps.
What brand of cocoa do you know is GF? It’s really nice of you to share brands you know are certified gf
For unsweetened cocoa, I use Rodelle. Hershey's is also gluten free, and easy to find.
Hi! Thanks for the recipe! Would you happen to know what the shelf life is for the mix?
I've used this mix for up to 3 months with no issues. Check your ingredient expiration dates and shelf life, and as long as your ingredients don't expire before then I would think 3 months.
can you use cacao instead of cocoa powder?
It should be fine but I'm not sure if there will be a taste difference. One is raw and one is cooked. Both dissolve.
What brand non-fat dry milk powder do you use?
I used a whole milk this last time. Hoosier Hill Farms. But you can use your preferred brand.
oh, so you used whole milk instead and removed the powder milk from the recipe? thanks!
Thanks for sharing what you used.
That was a question to you - did you remove the powder milk from the recipe and only used the whole milk instead? I am trying to understand if you used both or not. Thank you for your help.
Oh! I am so sorry. You can either make it with the powdered milk and serve it with hot water or hot milk (this makes it extra creamy) OR you can mix the cocoa and sugar and mix it with hot milk or dairy-free milk.
Your efforts in providing a relief to the Celiacs are surely laudable. I just saw your recipe of hot chocolate powder and I'm sure that it is going to have a remarkable taste just as your other recipes.
I had a question, rather I'm seeking a suggestion regarding the brands of cocoa powder which are certified gluten-free. Would love to have your suggestion on this.
Best of Regards,
We use Rodelle, but you can use your favorite cocoa powder.
How does this compare flavor-wise to Nesquick powder? I use it on my cream of rice, but since it has both wheat and dairy in it I can’t use it anymore. 🙁
I'm not sure how the dairy-free version that uses coconut milk powder compares, but it's very easy to make and delicious in our opinion.
Hello! I was wondering if you could substitute coconut sugar for the granulated sugar and would it be the same measurements. Thank you
Yes, you can use coconut sugar. It would be the same ration.
Is there a substitute for the vanilla powder? Or is it fine left out?
Yes, you can use vanilla extract. Use 1 teaspoon of extract to every ½ teaspoon of powder.