10 min to make – healthy, delicious, and homemade chocolate milk – a natural alternative and an upgrade on store-bought options.
Since the start of the pandemic, we've been ordering more and more food online. And not just from our regular supermarkets, but local producers that deliver fresh and homemade products right to the door.
This included milk and dairy products as well. And when scrolling through all the foods when ordering, each and every person selling had chocolate milk as an option.
These were healthier versions than chocolate milk that I found in supermarkets but the prices were really high. So I thought to myself – why not make my own?
So I did. Tested it with Andrej and of course, he loved it. Who wouldn't? And when Max came for the summer holidays and agreed with Andrej I just knew I had to share it with you.
The kids loved it as an after nap snack. It's a great energy boost for the afternoon play and we were making sure they were getting their calcium.
To make this Homemade Chocolate Milk you'll need the following ingredients:
Whole milk: I made this Homemade Chocolate Milk for a 14 month-old toddler at the time so I used whole milk. If your child is under the age of 2 years I'd recommend you do the same. After 2 years of age you can switch to lower fat version but I would prefer to stick with whole-milk even then.
Dark chocolate: for healthy chocolate recipes I always try to use 70% cocoa dark chocolate. I've found that dark chocolates that have a higher percentage of cocoa are a bit too bitter in my opinion.
The ones that have a percentage of cocoa that's lower than 70% usually have added milk, more sugar, and other additions that aren't really necessary here.
Agave syrup: this is really an optional ingredient but kids love the sweet taste so much that I find it hard not to add. The dark chocolate has a slightly bitter taste so when you add just a teaspoon of agave it makes the whole Homemade Chocolate Milk that much better.
Whole milk: apart from being a great protein and fat source, whole milk is one of the main calcium sources for kids. If you have a kid older than 2 or are even making this Homemade Chocolate Milk for yourself, feel free to swap to a lower fat version which will still provide the needed protein and calcium. Fortified milk options also have vitamin D.
Dark chocolate: one of the main nutritional benefits of dark chocolate comes from cocoa. It has these wonderful antioxidants which can help the body lower the risk of certain cardiovascular diseases and actually add to the overall health of the body.
It does contain a little caffeine so caution should be taken when giving kids loads of dark chocolate or cocoa. The amounts in this Homemade Chocolate Milk are acceptable. However, if you have a child that has trouble sleeping I'd go for the lower cocoa percentage options.
Agave syrup: agave syrup is often our choice of sweetener because it provides the sweet taste but doesn't cause a spike in blood sugar like normal sugar.
How To Make Chocolate Milk
Heat the milk: to be able to nicely melt the dark chocolate into a perfect Homemade Chocolate Milk, you first need to heat the milk. I usually take one half of the milk (in this case 4 oz) and heat it on the stove.
I prefer it to using a microwave, but when I have a hungry kid pulling my skirt, I do also use the microwave on occasion. Just make sure you heat the milk slowly and don't bring it to a boil. Especially in a microwave or you'll have more work than when you started.
Chop the chocolate: while the milk is heating, break up the ½ oz of the dark chocolate and set in a bowl. The smaller the pieces the quicker they will melt.
Melt the chocolate: once the milk is hot, pour it over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts. Because it's dark chocolate melting in with the milk and not cream it will probably have some visible bits and pieces that won't melt. That's normal. They're pretty small and your child will happily gulp them down. Trust me!
Add the sweetener: once you have your chocolate melted into the milk, add the agave syrup. This bit is optional but I've found it enhances the Homemade Chocolate Milk and makes it even better.
Add the remaining milk: add the remaining 4 oz of the cold milk. I do this because usually when I make Homemade Chocolate Milk I make it right before I serve it to my son and he really doesn't want to wait for it to cool! 🙂 So this way if I add the cold milk to the warm one it cools immediately to a good drinking temperature. But if you're making for later, feel free to heat all the 8 oz.
Give it a unique flavor: if you want to spice up your regular Homemade Chocolate Milk, play with different ingredients you have at home. Mainly spices. Like vanilla or cinnamon.
Make it thicker: if you want to have an edible Chocolate Milk that'll look more like a pudding, add a tablespoon of chia seeds and wait a bit. It'll add some fiber to the drink/pudding as well.
Play with different chocolates: if you're hesitant to experiment with different flavors at home, simply choose the already proven ones. Buy flavored 70% dark chocolates like orange, raspberry, caramel or salted ones and add them instead of the plain one.
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Homemade Chocolate Milk
- 8 oz whole milk
- ½ oz dark chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa)
- ½ teaspoon agave syrup (optional)
- Take half the milk and heat it (on a stove or in a microwave) but don't bring to a boil.
- While the milk is heating, chop the dark chocolate and set in a bowl.
- Once the milk is hot, pour it over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts.
- Stir in the agave syrup.
- Add the remaining milk.