Make Your Own Healthy Chocolate Milk and stop worrying about GMOs, artificial ingredients, and refined sugars. Yes, a healthy and homemade chocolate syrup that is so easy to make.
Oh chocolate milk. A cold glass of chocolate milk is just delicious. But what about finding a healthy chocolate syrup or powder? This has been one of my biggest concerns lately. My 7 year old wants chocolate milk. My 2 year old wants everything his big brother wants. How can I find a healthy solution? Make Your Own Healthy Real Chocolate Milk recipe is the answer!
When I was pregnant with my first child I used to say I will never give my kids chocolate milk. Why add unnecessary calories, tons of artificial ingredients, and most importantly sugar in their diets? Once you are a mother and have to deal with reality, you are going to have to compromise.
Let’s talk about chocolate milk. You decide not to give it to your kid. Eventually that kid goes to preschool and tries it there, or at a friend’s house, or even at a party. It is inevitable. The kid is going to try chocolate milk, and the kid is going to love it. Once they know milk can turn into chocolate, they are going to ask for it.
What do you do now? I started researching for the best chocolate powder/syrup available in the market. The findings? All chocolate powders/syrups available at the supermarket are not healthy. They are loaded with sugar (sugar listed as the first ingredient in most cases), artificial ingredients, and most of them also contain GMOs. Take a look at this Ovaltine label as an example:
Reads in bold letters, the last line on the right: Produced With Genetic Engineering. I thought to myself: Why am I buying organic milk if I am adding GMOs to it? It doesn’t make any sense at all. I really needed to come up with the Make Your Own Healthy Chocolate Milk recipe. Popular brands like Nesquik and Milo are also produced with genetic engineering. At least they are being honest and disclosing it. The problem is many people don’t read labels.
See the laundry list of ingredients, vitamins, and minerals? They are all artificial. If you want more information on vitamins, please see Vitamin C Gummies. Give your kids a good natural multivitamin, and feed them nutritious foods. The best way their bodies absorb nutrients is eating real food.
Popular chocolate syrup and powder brands are all artificial and loaded with sugar. Most of them contain less than 2% cocoa making them not even real chocolate. I definitely don’t want to give this to my kids! No real ingredients with no nutritional value. Disaster! If you absolutely have to buy a store-bought syrup I will go for Ahlaska Organic Chocolate Syrup. From all the brands I think it has the cleanest list of ingredients, tastes good, and it is organic.
But don’t worry. Here’s my Make Your Own Healthy Chocolate Milk recipe to the rescue. 2 simple “real” and nutritious ingredients: Organic Cacao Powder and Organic Maple Syrup. Want to know more amazing benefits of cacao and why I used it in this recipe? Please see my Cacao Vs. Cocoa What You Need To Know post.
Now my kid’s chocolate milk is packed with antioxidants, real vitamins and minerals. Awesome! You can’t simply mix cacao powder and maple syrup in cold milk because it won’t dissolve. So you need to make your syrup first. Don’t worry, it is super easy and won’t take long.
Store your natural chocolate syrup in the fridge while it lasts. Just add a couple of teaspoons to a glass of milk whenever you want your delicious chocolate milk. Voila! You have healthy chocolate milk for everyone to enjoy. It tastes way better than any chocolate syrup I have ever tried. The best part is I got rid of an unhealthy product and found a healthy way to keep my kids happy.
Make Your Own Healthy Chocolate Milk
Yield 2 cups
Homemade chocolate syrup using only 2 healthy ingredients. Great for making your own healthy chocolate milk.
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- In a small saucepan, place water and cacao powder in medium-high heat and mix well.
- Once mixed, add the maple syrup, mix everything well and bring to a boil.
- Turn down heat to medium/low, and stir for a couple of minutes to thicken the syrup a little.
- Remove from heat and let it cool down.
- Store in a jar or any container in the refrigerator.
- Add a couple of teaspoons(depending on your taste) to a glass of milk (dairy or non-dairy) to make your chocolate milk. Mix well.
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