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Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa (With Dairy-Free Version!)

Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa

As part of our Five in a Row homeschool studies this year, we spent a week learning about France as we ‘rowed’ the book Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans.* (I feel so grown up, talking about ‘homeschool studies‘ like we do more than just color and read books.) We read about how French children often enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a baguette or a croissant for breakfast.
Best plan ever, right?

For our afternoon  snack (slacker mom is no morning person), we drank a cup of rich hot chocolate. However, I bought the wrong chocolate and wasn’t able to use it with Abigail’s milk allergies. Instead, I made her a quick cup of her own hot cocoa. In fact, hers was finished and cool by the time our hot chocolate reached a simmer on the stove.

Yeah. It’s quick.
I think I’ll be using this recipe again.
and again.
and again.
and again.
(No diet comments, mmKay?)

This recipe is perfect for those times when you are out of handy little hot cocoa packets or just need a dairy free option without spending an arm or a leg!

 Recipe from Hershey’s Recipe Collection Cookbook*

Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa (With Dairy-Free Version!)

Microwave Minute Hot Cocoa (With Dairy-Free Version!)

A simple hot cocoa recipe for the microwave!

Notes: If making dairy free version, just replace milk with the non-dairy milk of your choice, such as soy, rice, or almond. We used vanilla soymilk.

If making for young children, only fill the mug half full of milk. After microwaving, top off mug with remaining cold milk to cool down the cocoa.


  • 1 heaping teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa
  • 2 heaping teaspoons white sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  • Milk to fill mug


  1. In a microwave-safe up or mug, combine cocoa, sugar, and salt.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of cold milk, stir until smooth.
  3. Fill cup with milk.
  4. Microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until hot.
  5. Stir to blend.

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Rise and Shine Breakfast Smoothie – Allergy Friendly too!

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Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting a series on How to be On Time in the Morning. In Part 1 of this series, I’m going to talk about how serving better breakfasts can actually speed up your out-the-door time. One of my favorite meals in the morning is this Rise and Shine Breakfast Smoothie. It barely needs a recipe because it’s so toss-and-blend, but here’s the concept to get you started!

Rise and Shine Breakfast Smoothie - Allergy Friendly too!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1-2
A quick, fruity smoothie to get you going in the morning!
  • ⅓ c. vanilla yogurt or SILK vanilla yogurt
  • ½ c. frozen fruit blend (I used Costco's Wowana Frozen Fruit Mix with mango, papaya, strawberries, and pineapple)
  • 1 c. milk or SILK vanilla yogurt
  • 2 t. vanilla (omit if using silk)
  • 1 T. sugar (optional)
  • ½ banana
  • ¼ c. (a scoop) of frozen orange juice concentrate
  1. Put all ingredients in a mixer and blend until smooth. To make this recipe dairy free, use Silk vanilla yogurt and Silk Vanilla milk, omitting the vanilla.
  2. This makes one large smoothie, or divide it in half for kid-friendly portions.
  3. This recipe is an "eyeball" recipe. Just the approximate amounts in and taste. You can also adjust to taste. I've also used strawberries and blackberries, just strawberries, and other fruits too.
  4. P.S. - Make one big one (doubling or tripling the recipe) in a blender, or make this recipe in a Bullet Blender. I make Abigail's smoothie first with Silk, then I make everyone else a smoothie. You could also freeze the rest in popsicle molds for days when you're really in a hurry.
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