Healthy Chocolate Milk Recipe
Healthy Chocolate Milk Recipe- made with just 4 pantry ingredients, this homemade chocolate milk is a great source of nutrients like protein, iron, calcium and fiber! (vegan, gluten-free + nut-free option)
Does anyone else have fond childhood memories of squirting way too much Hershey’s chocolate syrup into their glass of milk and then licking the excess syrup off of the spout? Or filling up the empty bottle with milk then shaking it and squirting it straight into your mouth? Man, those were the days.
Now that I know better, I turn to this homemade version of chocolate milk which honestly tastes even better than the Hershey’s version. Thanks to the delicious flavor of dates and the creamy texture of almond butter, it’s naturally sweetened and packed full of nutrients to boot.
Like, who would’ve thought you could get fiber from drinking chocolate milk? Mind blown.
Healthy Chocolate Milk Ingredients
- Milk- To keep this recipe dairy-free I like to use organic unsweetened soy milk but any kind of milk will work. Just keep in mind if your milk has sweetener added that you may want to adjust the amount of dates in the recipe.
- Medjool Dates- If you’re using medjool dates then you’ll only need about 3-4, depending on their size. Also, if they are on the dry size it can be hard for your blender to break them down completely so you may want to soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes head of time to help rehydrate them.
- Cocoa Powder- While you can use cacao powder (which is just the raw version of cocoa) it tends to be a little more bitter which requires extra sweetener to counteract. For that reason I like to stick with good ol’ cocoa powder.
- Almond Butter- This gives the recipe a nice creamy texture plus a boost of nutrients like calcium and vitamin E. If your kiddo is allergic to nuts you can substitute tahini (which is essentially sesame seed butter) or just leave it out altogether.
How to Make Healthy Chocolate Milk
As a mom of a toddler I’m always looking for shortcuts so trust me when I say this is SUPER EASY TO MAKE.
I’m talking 5 minutes. Just throw everything in the blender and you’re done.
How long does it store for?
So long as it’s properly sealed and refrigerated, you should be able to store it for at least a week. This will vary depending on the type of milk you choose but in general it will keep for a while!
Looking for more healthy and kid friendly recipes?
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- Super Green Baby Led Weaning Pancakes
- Mini Vegan Zucchini Corn Frittatas
- One-Pot Lentil Taco Skillet
- 30-Minute Creamy Red Pepper Pasta
- 5-Ingredient Green Socca
Healthy Chocolate Milk
- 2 cups preferred milk, we like organic soy milk
- 4 pitted Medjool dates, see notes
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If a sweeter flavor is desired, you can add more dates or pure maple syrup, to taste.