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  • Writer's pictureMelisha Meredith

Healthy Homemade Hot Chocolate Anyone?

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

a picture of a mug of hot chocolate

This for sure gets made on a snow day! And we mix it up on occasional days that are just cold and dreary as well. This recipe is simple to make with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Best of all, it’s nutritious and so delish!

Making this recipe for my kids when they come in with rosy cheeks from playing outside on a cold day will always be a cherished memory.

Why make your own? The dry hot chocolate mixes in the store contain a host of bad-for-you ingredients. For example, they can have things like: corn syrup, loads of white sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial and “natural” flavors, trans fats, and conventional dairy.

Healthy, Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

Serves 4


4 c. milk of your choice (we prefer raw milk, but coconut and almond are good options, too!)

4 Tbl. raw cacao powder

4 Tbl. pure maple syrup

Pinch of salt

½ tsp. of vanilla


  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan and turn the stove burner on medium/low heat.

  2. Add remaining ingredients, whisk really well until mixture is smooth.

  3. Simmer until hot chocolate is heated through and at your desired temperature.

  4. Pour into a mug right away and serve warm!

Fun options to mix it up:

Cinnamon - Add a cinnamon stick while simmering and discard before serving. I like this better than cinnamon powder because that tends to float to the top.

Mexican - Add the cinnamon stick and a hefty pinch of cayenne while simmering.

Mint Chocolate - Add a ¼ tsp peppermint extract to the recipe while simmering.

Dairy Free or Vegan - Use dairy free milk.

Toppings - Add homemade whipped cream, homemade marshmallows, or chocolate shavings.

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