My son is obsessed with chocolate milk. He would rather enjoy a big cup of whole milk with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup than eat an actual meal. If asked his favorite food, he will say, “Chocolate Milk.” And it’s no surprise; he is a sugar fiend. If we have any sweets in the house, this boy will find them out and destroy them. He will eat candy and ice cream and drink chocolate milk until his stomach gets upset. I assume this is typical for most three year olds.
Sugar Free Chocolate Milk
Obviously, we know that sugar, and any kind of simple carbohydrates, are not healthy for kids. They negatively affect blood sugar, hormones, and body composition. But, the look on my baby’s face when I hand him is chocolate milk! Ugh! I feel like I am breaking his heart when I tell him that he can’t have sweets, and this is about every five minutes. So, in our house, we have started to get creative with recipes in order to pacify my kid and keep his diet healthy.
Enter No Sugar Added Chocolate Milk.
How do you make great tasting chocolate milk with no sugar? (Or sugar-filled syrups or powders)
I was slow to get on board the Stevia train. It does take a while to get used to the slightly difference taste. I didn’t want to admit this, but it also takes a while to get used to the absence of a sugar rush, no matter how small. Now, we use it for everything! (Except chocolate chip cookies, because the integrity of some things should not be messed with.) We use it in coffee, in baked goods, in sauces. I don’t know why it took me so long to make THIS swap!
We tried Stevia in chocolate milk this week and the verdict is in! My son LOVES his sugar free chocolate milk! (There is sugar found naturally in milk, but there is no ADDED sugar here!)
Keep it simple.
The best chocolate taste comes from chocolate without any fillers or artificial flavors, namely, cacao powder (or cocoa powder). You don’t need much.
I use Thrive Market’s Cacoa Powder. It’s organic and still affordable, and comes in a handy resealable bag.
Here’s the recipe. . .