Whenever the air is crisp and cool, I want to sip on something warm and 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 and dietary needs.
The kids tested each drink out of a little disposable paper cup, while mom got the mug. Here are a few easy and yummy kid-friendly (and kid-tested) drink recipes tested to warm you and your kiddos up during colder weather.
Healthy Hot Chocolate
This recipe is great because it can be made sugar and dairy free and it’s still tasty! It contains a non-traditional hot chocolate ingredient… protein powder! Add some chocolate shreds or orange juice to give your yummy kid’s drink a “chocolate covered orange” flavor.
With this recipe you can 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 the drink to your kids’ dietary needs. Healthy hot chocolate was a big hit with my 2 and 4-year-olds!
To make the hot chocolate powder, you’ll need:
- 1 cup whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
Mix these ingredients together and store in a container or resealable 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!
Cinnamon Apple Cider
This is 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 and tastes delicious.
Ingredients for 8 servings:
- 2 quarts apple juice or cider
- 2 oranges, zested and sliced
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks
Zest 1 orange and slice about 1/4 inch thick. Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker and simmer on low for 3-4 hours. Or combine all the ingredients in a large pot over the stove top on low for at least 1 hour. Discard the cinnamon sticks before serving. Slice the 2nd orange, removing the pulp and leaving just the peel still in a ring. Cut one slit in the peel. Twist the peel into a curl and 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!
I love when the smell of hot cider fills my house and the kids sure enjoy drinking it.
Warmed Spiced Coconut-Almond Milk
Spiced Coconut-Almond Milk is another warm beverage made with those in mind who like dairy-free drink options. This recipe combines a mix of unique flavors that blend to make one scrumptious treat!
Spiced Coconut-Almond Milk has a milk tea consistency with traces of spice. It would pair wonderfully with a spiced cake or scone. My 2-year-old loves any food or drink that has a spicy kick!
Ingredients for 1 serving:
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and simmer.
You can also try the following warm, kid-friendly drinks for something new!
Ingredients for 1 cup serving:
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 tbsp. peppermint syrup
- Whipped cream
- Crushed peppermint candies for garnish
Stir together warm milk and peppermint syrup. Top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies.
Spiced Ginger Lemonade
Ingredients for 10 servings:
- 10 oz fresh ginger, peeled
- 2 cups sugar
- 10 cups water, divided
- 2 cups lemon juice (approx. 15 lemons)
Roughly chop the ginger. Combine ginger, sugar and 4 cups of water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 45 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer and cool. Combine the lemon juice and 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!
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.