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Matcha Hot Cocoa Mix

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I like to have a hot drink most afternoons. I usually go for a cup of herbal tea but every now and then a little something sweet and creamy is needed. Hot chocolate is always a delicious treat, of course. For days, when I’m working outside the home, I’ve created my own instant versions like this Matcha Hot Cocoa mix.

A jar of matcha hot cocoa mix with a wooden spoon in it sitting in front of a cup of hot cocoa.

Simple, Whole Food Ingredients

Milk powder, cocoa powder, sugar, matcha powder, salt. That’s it in this homemade hot cocoa mix. Those are ingredients a person can feel good about drinking as an occasional treat.

Any powdered milk will work, use dairy, something like coconut powder milk or other non-dairy milk for vegans or allergic folks works amazingly well too.

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Regular cocoa powder that you find in the grocery store will be perfect. Take it up another healthy notch and use cacao powder. Like it even darker, black cocoa powder.

Plain old granulated sugar works perfectly, raw sugar and brown sugar also work great. Use your favorite, just don’t use liquid. Other dry, powdered sweeteners might work but have not been tested in this recipe.

Matcha in Cocoa?

Matcha can be intense in flavor, that grassiness just isn’t for everyone. Mellowing it out with the bitterness of cocoa and creaminess of milk seems to make it more palatable. There’s only a hint of it in this cocoa mix.

Mix up a homemade matcha hot cocoa mix for a quick treat full of simple, whole food ingredients you can feel good about drinking and giving away as a gift.

Matcha powder has caffeine but it often comes without the jitters so often associated coffee. It has also been studied for its ability boost brain power. Both those little bits of news can make this treat feel even better.

Want to skip the Matcha? Try my Maca hot cocoa mix for some adaptogen goodness. Or simply leave it out for a plain hot cocoa mix.

Yield: Approx. 2 Cups of Mix

Matcha Hot Cocoa Mix

Mix up a homemade matcha hot cocoa mix for a quick treat full of simple, whole food ingredients you can feel good about drinking and giving away as a gift.

Mix up a homemade matcha hot cocoa mix for a quick treat full of simple, whole food ingredients you can feel good about drinking and giving away as a gift.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 ½ Cups Dry Milk Powder
  • ¾ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Matcha Powder (I use the culinary grade Matcha from Kiss Me Organics)
  • Pinch of Salt


Whisk everything together until thoroughly combined.

Store in an airtight container.


To Use: Mix 2 Tablespoons of matcha hot cocoa mix with 8 ounces of boiling water. Stir well. Enjoy. I've been known to stir the mix into hot coffee for a lovely and quick mocha-like drink.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

We try our best but cannot guarantee that nutrition information is 100% accurate.

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This mix whips up quickly and packs up delightfully. Keep for yourself or consider packaging it in pretty jars for an easy but delicious gift. For the best of all worlds, double or triple the batch – keep some, give some.

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Wednesday 1st of November 2017

I think I'm going to try this with a natural sweetener. It's great to have something to try and do that with since I was recently diagnosed diabetic. I was kinda bummed about maybe having to give up hot cocoa.

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Let me know what you try and how it works out for you, please. Enjoy!


Saturday 21st of October 2017

Never thought of Matcha, thanks!

I have been adding some ground mushrooms, like Reishi for the added health boost and liking mine on the hot side, I add a touch of cayenne and some pumpkin pie spice.

A spoonful in my coffee in the morning and I feel like I'm giving my decaf and health a boost.

Matcha next time!

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

Oh I hope you enjoy and I'm going to be trying some of your ideas, too. Thanks!

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