Healthy Hot Chocolate

Did you know conventional boxed hot chocolates can contain anywhere from 15-20 grams of sugar (or more) per cup – that’s 5 teaspoons of sugar per cup eeekkk! With a few simple healthy ingredients and a sprinkle of love, you can enjoy a tasty cup of hot chocolate, minus the added junk.

 Before diving into my health hot chocolate recipe, here are a few reasons I prefer using cacao powder over coco powder…

 Cacao Powder vs. Coco Powder

Cacao PowderCoco Powder
a wholesome super food heat processed, reducing nutrients
rich in antioxidants contains refined sugar
promotes heart health and brain function contains artificial flavours
known to enhance mood can cause an imbalance in blood sugar levels
rich in iron, calcium, and other minerals has little to no nutritional value

It’s obvious that the pros of cacao powder out-way the cons of coco powder, and being the chocolate lover that I am, I only want the best for fellow chocolate lovers out there. With this said, here it is friends, my health hot chocolate recipe – a recipe you’ll enjoy time and time again.

Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Healthy Hot Chocolate

A creamy chocolate treat that's free from dairy and refined sugars.
Course Drinks
Keyword healthy hot chocolate
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 drinks
Author Fay


  • Measuring Spoons
  • Small Sauce Pan or Milk Steamer
  • Two Mugs
  • Fork or Mini Whisk


  • 2 cups almond, coconut, or oat milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream from the can, stirred
  • 2 tbsp organic cacao powder raw, no sugar added
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maca powder optional
  • 2 tsp grass fed collagen optional but recommend for added creaminess
  • pinch of pink or sea salt
  • 2-3 tsp maple syrup or coconut nectar or liquid sweetener of choice


  • Warm the almond and coconut cream in saucepan on medium until small bubbles start to form.
  • Add the milk to a small blender with remaining ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds. The blender will give it a super frothy touch.
  • Non blender instructions: while milk and cream are warming up, divide all dry ingredients amongst two mugs (cacao, cinnamon, maca, collagen, salt). Add a small splash of water to each mug and mix with a fork until there are no more lumps. Pour in the steamed milk to each mug. Add in sweetener (maple syrup, etc.), and stir well to combine.
  • Pour and enjoy! Top with coconut whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings for an extra special tasty treat.

I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make health hot chocolate recipe as much as I do. Give it a special minty touch over the holidays by adding a drop of organic peppermint extract!

Share the chocolatey goodness with me! Snap a pic of your health hot chocolate and tag @wellness1st_net on Instagram!

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