Many times when you’re drinking coffee, your kids will get curious about it. They’ll want to try some. The trouble is, coffee isn’t really good for kids, and they don’t like the way it tastes straight up. I personally use a coffee maker from Hamilton Beach, but kids don’t like it.
Here’s an easy kid recipe to get around the problem.
This fun “Kid Coffee” recipe is basically just hot chocolate with a little bit of coffee added. The result is a healthy kid-pleasing mocha flavored beverage that satisfies your child’s curiosity, without pumping him full of caffeine. Get your kids involved in the process of making their flavorful “coffee” beverage.
What You Will Need:
- Whole or 2% milk
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Freshly brewed coffee
- Whipped cream
First, mix one part cocoa powder and and one part sugar together in a separate container. I strongly recommend making up a large batch of this mix ahead of time. It will save you a small fortune on pre-made cocoa mixes.
In a large mug, heat up about one cup of milk in the microwave. Add three heaping teaspoons of your premade cocoa mix, and stir. If the mixture doesn’t dissolve properly, put it back in the microwave for thirty seconds to one minute. Stir again.
Check the temperature of the cocoa. If it’s too hot, you can leave it out for a few minutes to cool, add an ice cube, or add some cold milk.
Add two to three tablespoons of coffee. Stir.
Spray some whipped cream on top. If you like, you can add some additional touches to your Kid Coffee recipe. For example, you can sprinkle a tiny bit of cocoa and cinnamon powder (unsweetened) on top of the whipped cream. Don’t overdo it, though, or you’ll make the drink too bitter.
Another Kid Coffee recipe idea is to place a peppermint stick or candy cane in the Kid Coffee. This is a great idea for Christmas time.
Make Kid Cappuccino by adding a little bit of cinnamon powder to the Kid Coffee recipe just prior to adding the whipped cream. Or, skip the whipped cream and put marshmallows on top instead. Be sure to warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt the marshmallows. Come up with some of your own flavorful variations on the Kid Coffee recipe.
My kids love this concoction, especially my youngest. It’s a great way to get them to drink their milk, without subjecting them to large doses of sugar or caffeine.