Homemade Hot Chocolate: Healthy and Delicious

Even Better than a Mix!

Homemade hot chocolate is a winter necessity at my house. My kids love to having a warm mug of hot chocolate waiting for them when they come in from playing out in the snow. It’s also the perfect addition to our family game or movie nights. And since I love anything chocolate, we end up making hot chocolate quite regularly.

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The ingredients in store bought hot chocolate mixes leave a lot to be desired. They are completely devoid of any nutrients and packed with processed sugar. Making hot chocolate from scratch is a much healthier option. My homemade hot chocolate only has four ingredients and is naturally sweetened. It is surprisingly easy to make and tastes much better than a mix.

This recipe can be made dairy-free by simply substituting coconut or almond milk in place of regular milk. My toddler has a dairy sensitivity so I always use a non-dairy milk when I make his hot chocolate. For the rest of the family I use raw milk that we get from our cow-share at a local dairy farm.

I use raw cacao powder in this recipe instead of cocoa powder. Keep reading after the recipe to find out why!

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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 cups milk regular or non dairy


  1. Measure all ingredients out into a medium size saucepan. Whisk to combine.

  2. Heat over low temperature until warmed, stirring frequently to prevent scalding and to incorporate cacao powder.

  3. Serve in mugs with a dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Raw Cacao vs. Cocoa Powder

You may be wondering why I use cacao powder instead of cocoa powder.

While cocoa powder can certainly be used in this recipe, cacao powder is a more nutrient dense option. I also use raw cacao powder when I make this Coconut Mocha as well as in other recipes that would typically call for cocoa powder.

Raw cacao (pronounced cuh-cow) comes from cacao beans but is unprocessed so that it’s many health benefits remain intact. Cacao powder is made by cold pressing the cacao bean. Cold pressing allows the enzymes of the cacao bean to remain in their natural state. In contrast, cocoa is made by heating the beans at high temperatures. This destroys all the beneficial nutrients.

The following are some the the amazing benefits are raw cacao powder.

  • Higher levels of antioxidants than dark chocolate
  • Packed with nutrients like iron, calcium, and magnesium
  • Lowers insulin resistance and improves glucose metabolism
  • Improves cardiovascular function
  • Helps balance hormones
  • Boosts serotonin levels which improves your mood



  • Heather H
    Posted December 27, 2018 1:45 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    I admit I usually buy store bought Kcups or packets of hot chocolate. But, oh my, your recipe sounds yummy….and easy. 🙂 I’m going to try it next time my nieces and nephew come over for movie night. xx

  • Flo
    Posted December 27, 2018 4:08 pm 0Likes

    Omg yummy! And how cute are those mugs!!!

  • Cindy Lin
    Posted December 27, 2018 6:50 pm 0Likes

    yummy! i love your photos!

  • Amsnda Yorton
    Posted December 27, 2018 8:08 pm 0Likes

    My daughter and husband would love this recipe! I must try it for them!

  • Stace
    Posted December 27, 2018 11:20 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Wow! I never thought of making my own hot chocolate before, but this looks so rich and delicious, I have to try it!

  • Kate
    Posted December 28, 2018 2:48 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Trying this out tonight! I love hot chocolate, and homemade gives the chance to turn the recipe vegan 🙂 (appreciate the nod to a dairy-free alternative! I’ll be using oat milk). It’s so true that store bought is full of hidden nasties!

  • Jalisa Harris
    Posted December 28, 2018 4:39 pm 0Likes

    Hot chocolate is my fave. I’ve started to use cacao powder in my own too.

  • Kasey Ma
    Posted December 28, 2018 4:44 pm 0Likes

    Oh man this looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    Posted December 29, 2018 1:39 am 0Likes

    This looks so good! I love that it is healthy, too!

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