Whenever the air is crisp and cool, I want to sip on something warm & tasty! There are so many flavorful drink recipes available that I want to share with my kids, but many of them are full of extra sugar that I don't think we need. After some online searching, I was able to find some flavorful warm drinks easily customizable to appeal to your children's various preferences & dietary needs.
The kids tested each drink out of a little disposable paper cup, while mom got the mug. Here are a few easy & yummy kid-friendly (& kid-tested) drink recipes tested to warm you & your kiddos up during this time of cool weather.
This recipe is great as it can be made sugar & dairy free, and is still tasty! It contains a non-traditional hot chocolate ingredient... protein powder! Add some chocolate shreds or orange juice to have a "chocolate covered orange" effect.
With this recipe, you make the powder ahead of time, allowing you to mix up individual servings whenever you want. Water, raw milk, or almond milk are great choices to customize what’s best for your kids. It was a big hit with my 4 & 2 year olds!
To make the Hot Chocolate Powder, you’ll need:
Mix these ingredients together & store in a container or re-sealable bag. To make an individual serving, mix 1 cup of liquid (hot water, hot milk, or hot almond milk) with 2-3 tbsp of the Hot Chocolate Powder. Enjoy!
A great recipe to serve several people made in the slow cooker or in a big pot on the stove, apple cider is always a crowd pleaser! I added some orange zest for additional flavor, and used the peel for garnish. You could even add some of the orange juice. It looks & tastes delicious.
I love when the smell of hot cider fills my house & the kids sure enjoy drinking it.
Ingredients for 8 servings:
Zest 1 orange and slice about 1/4 inch thick. Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker & simmer on low for 3-4 hours. Or combine all the ingredients in a large pot over the stovetop on low for at least 1 hour. Discard cinnamon sticks before serving. Slice the 2nd orange, removing the pulp & leaving just the peel still in a ring. Cut one slit in the peel. Twist the peel into a curl & add to the edge of the mug as a garnish! Add a little freshly squeezed orange juice for an extra zing. This cider is sure to warm you up!
Another warm beverage, made with those in mind who like dairy free options, is Spiced Coconut-Almond Milk. This recipe combines a mix of unique flavors that blend to make one scrumptious treat!
This drink has a milk tea consistency, with traces of spice. It would pair great with a spiced cake or scone. My 2 year old loves any food or drink that has a spicy kick!
Ingredients for 1 serving:
Combine all ingredients into a saucepan & simmer.
You can also try the following warm, kid-friendly drinks for something new!
Ingredients for 1 cup serving:
Stir together warm milk & peppermint syrup. Top with whipped cream & crushed peppermint candies.
Ingredients for 10 servings:
Roughly chop the ginger. Combine ginger, sugar & 4 cups of water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down & simmer for 45 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer & cool. Combine the lemon juice & remaining water in a large pot. Stir in the ginger mixture. Serve warm, or chilled.
What drinks would you make with your kids? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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