Recipes for the Runner: Unconventional Uses for your Recovery Drink Mix

Your run was pretty cold today, wasn’t it? Even here on the sunny central coast of California we are having a strange phenomenon where water is coming from the sky! Needless to say, we are all in the throes of winter (to various degrees). When it’s cold outside, nutrition becomes a challenge, both on the run and afterwards. Nutrition and hydration during your freezing run is its own topic, but I’m here to help you with the post-run shivers.

Put your chocolate recovery drink mix to better use by whipping up a batch of this hot cocoa mix. It takes ten minutes, and you’ll have it ready to simply heat and enjoy at the end of your cold run.


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (this is on the low end, add more to make it sweeter)
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate, roughly chopped, or 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup chocolate recovery powder mix (I used Fluid Mint Chocolate… yum!)

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Prepare the Mix

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth.

If you don’t have a food processor, chop the chocolate as finely as you can and mix the rest with a whisk.

Make the Hot Cocoa

Warm about one cup of milk* either on the stove or in the microwave. I prefer the stove because you can whisk as you heat, which usually results in a smoother mixture.

Add 3 tablespoons of your hot cocoa mix and whisk briskly until the cocoa is dissolved and the milk is just about to start bubbling.

Pour into a mug and enjoy! Preferably in front of the fire.

Another option, for you on-the-go runners, is to warm the milk ahead of time and place into a thermos. Then, after your run, add the cocoa mix, secure the cap back on the thermos, and shake vigorously until the mixture is dissolved.

*Milk: Any ‘ole milk will work! If you use an unsweetened non-dairy milk like almond or coconut, be aware that you might need to add a bit more sugar to round out the sweetness.

Juli is known around Running Warehouse for her vast knowledge of running product, from shoes to hydration to nutrition to… well just about anything running related. With a background in food science (Read: Bachelor’s degree and an addiction to scholarly journal articles on exercise nutrition), she’s also a trail lover that fiends for long runs in beautiful places.

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