Healthy Chocolate Milk

Schools, doctors, and health organizations recommend 2 cups of milk a day.
Of course,  this really depends on who you ask because then you get into the nitty gritty of what type of milk, intolerance, questions on the real effect of milk and dairy, etc. 
Luckily, we can all follow this easy chocolate milk recipe or quick guide regardless of dairy restrictions.  

Chocolate Milk From Scratch

In a world where pizza and fries classify as vegetables in school lunches, we want to provide as much nutritional value as possible from whole foods.  You don’t need anything special.  Your favorite milk, cacao, and honey or maple syrup.
Still, it’s a kinda easy homemade chocolate milk because if you’re using a milk replacement you’ll likely have to make your own milk first.  See the almond milk recipe here.  
Otherwise, if you are using a store bought nut milk, scan the label for gums, and emulsifiers.  Also, avoid anything with added sugars whether in the form of maltodextrin, dextrose, rice syrup, etc.  Added sweetener doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but we consume added sugars in pretty much everything.  In fact, most people consumer well over the daily dietary recommendation in just ONE meal.  A breakfast of orange juice and granola or cereal can spike your sugar before you make it to school or work. Yikes! 

Homemade Chocolate Milk with Cacao Powder

A homemade chocolate milk keeps it simple and keeps the sugar low.   By using quality ingredients, you not only avoid the unhealthy store bought versions, but also don’t have to worry about even identifying the added ingredients.  Even organic and all natural bottled and flavored milks can be unhealthy!  You’d be surprised at what can make it into seemingly healthy foods.  The easiest thing to do is make it yourself and use real milk.

What’s real milk? 

For the most part everybody is becoming increasingly aware of the conditions that conventional dairy cows live in.  There are movies, organizations, and even news stories on the topic. 

An overview of the pasteurization and homogenization process shows us that most of us are better of staying away from dairy in the long term because it is so tough on the body.  However, raw milk from pastured or grass fed cows is quoted as a “perfect food”.  Among undamaged proteins and nutrients, raw milk contains enzymes and bacteria that predigest the milk for us.  Therefore, making it easier to assimilate the nutrients.  Read more on raw milk here at the Weston A. Price, real milk campaign website.

Healthy Chocolate Milk Recipe 

Homemade chocolate milk is a perfect way to show your family that you can enjoy real food and treats together.  

Chocolate Milk Recovery Drink

It’s not just kids that love chocolate milk.  Some athletes swear that chocolate milk is the best recovery drink after a workout.  Compared to powdered recovery drinks, milk has none of the syrups, preservatives, and anti caking agents.  Plus, it is a perfect combination of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.  Just taking a look behind the label of a bottled milk can convince you to make your own.

What’s in organic chocolate milk? 

A look behind a popular and seemingly healthy chocolate milk at your grocery store looks like this:

Ingredients: Reduced Fat Ultra-filtered Organic Milk, Sugar, Alkalized Cocoa, Lactase Enzyme, Dipotassium Phosphate, Salt, Acesulfame Potassium, Carrageenan, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Sucralose, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3.

Contains: Milk

Easy Healthy Chocolate Milk 

Avoid all the junk in organic chocolate milk and other processed drinks by simply making your own.  You’d be surprised at how much cheaper it is to make and how much better you will feel!

Real Chocolate Milk – Cacao or Cocoa

Basically, we need real everything.  Real milk, real chocolate, and real sweeteners.  The best part is this tastes like the chocolate milk most people are used to.  Cacao powder and cocoa powder look the same and are often used interchangeably.  However, cacao powder is made by pressing the unroasted cacao bean keeping the live enzymes and antioxidants intact.  Therefore, squeezing out the cacao butter.  On the other hand, dutch-processed or alkalinized cocoa is heated has been washed with a potassium carbonate solution to neutralize the acidity.  For some recipes, the taste and color is determined by which is used.  For example, pudding, cake, etc. There’s a lot of chocolate milk recipes with cocoa and cacao so it’s safe to swap. 


Healthy Chocolate Milk
A homemade chocolate milk recipe using cacao powder and maple syrup. This is the easiest way to enjoy real chocolate milk and the health benefits of these 2 superfoods.
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Prep Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 1 1/2 tsp cacao or cocoa powder (I used cacao)
  3. 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  1. Add milk, cacao, and maple syrup to a wide mouth pint size mason jar.
  2. With an immersion blender, mix until frothy and combined about 1 minute, or stir until well combined.
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