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How To Make Healthy Hot Chocolate

healthy hot chocolate

Healthy hot chocolate is here, and I think it’s even better than the regular stuff.

Enjoying a big mug of hot chocolate is one of the best things about cooler weather. While it’s delicious, regular hot chocolate is typically filled with dairy, processed white sugar, and potentially other preservatives and additives.

Here’s my spin to turn regular unhealthy hot chocolate into a healthier treat! I love this easy classic healthy hot chocolate I’ve written out below because with just 4 ingredients, it’s absolutely delicious! You may also want to try my Anti-Inflammatory Collagen Hot Chocolate Recipe to boost the protein powder of this healthy drink.

Healthy Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

  • unsweetened almond milk (or any unsweetened dairy-free milk of choice, such as oat milk, soy milk or coconut milk)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder, which is raw chocolate powder)
  • honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up (use a natural sweetener so you can control the quality and amount of sugar)
  • vanilla extract to give it a rich, gourmet flavor

I sip this often in the cooler months for a warm and healthy treat. It’s great to mix up the base of this recipe depending on what you have on hand, and what ingredients feel best to your body. I usually use unsweetened almond milk, and love to change it up sometimes with oat milk or coconut milk.

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healthy hot chocolate

How To Make Healthy Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Beverage
  • Method: Simmer, Whisk
  • Cuisine: American


This healthy hot chocolate recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. It also happens to be one of the most popular healthy hot chocolate recipes on Google Search. If you make it and love it, please leave a star rating in the comments below to help other readers in our community. (Thank you!)



  • 2 ½ cups (20 ounces) unsweetened almond milk (OR unsweetened soy milk, oat milk, any other unsweetened nut milk or unsweetened coconut milk)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons organic unsweetened cocoa powder (OR raw cacao powder)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup (plus more to taste if needed)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Warm the almond milk on the stove over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Simmer about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk to combine (1-2 minutes).
  2. Heat another 1-2 minutes and serve immediately.
  3. Optional: add a small dash of cinnamon on top and serve.


As written this recipe makes about two servings, but it’s easily doubled or tripled.

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  1. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for sharing! Does it reheat well?

  2. Suzanne says:

    This looks so good! What a great way to still enjoy a treat but maintain diet!

  3. Michelle says:

    I just made this for myself – roughly half the ingredients (I didn’t measure precisely), using cacao and a little shake of cinnamon. It’s the perfect balance of rich and decadent, perfect for when you’re craving chocolate!

  4. Kim says:

    So after all that, can cacao be used instead of cocoa?? Same taste? I guess i can do my own experiment : )

  5. Kathy says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I made it with dark cocoa and it was delicious!!!

  6. Chuck says:

    As far as spelling: Cacao bean (also cocoa bean,[1] often simply cocoa and cacao; Mayan: kakaw; Nahuatl: cacahuatl [ka’kawat͡ɬ]. Cocoa /ˈkoʊ.koʊ/) is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted. They are the basis of chocolate, as well as many Mesoamerican foods such as mole sauce and tejate.

    The word cocoa is derivative of “cacao”. Cocoa can often also refer to the drink commonly known as hot chocolate;[4] to cocoa powder, the dry powder made by grinding cocoa seeds and removing the cocoa butter from the dark, bitter cocoa solids; or to a mixture of cocoa powder and cocoa butter.[5][6]

    The cacao tree is native to the Americas. It may have originated in the foothills of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America, current day Venezuela, where today, examples of wild cacao still can be found.

  7. Chuck says:

    I make hot chocolate with raw cacao and coconut milk. Is coconut a nut? David Wolfe says that raw cacao is the best food that there is. It is great for arterial health and helping to reduce high blood pressure. It is one of the foods highest in anti-oxidants. I re-tweeted this post to my 43,000 followers.

  8. Pam Howard says:

    Yum! This sounds delicious! My kids are huge hot cocoa fans, add a bowl of popcorn and you have their favorite after school snack!

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