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A mug of healthy hot cocoa. It has been topped with whipped cream and toasted marshmallows.
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4.56 from 18 votes

Healthy Hot Chocolate

An upgraded version of a cold weather classic, this healthy hot chocolate is low in sugar, dairy-free and vegan. Made with oat milk, pure maple syrup and cocoa powder it's creamy, chocolatey, absolutely delicious and comes together in just 10 minutes.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy hot chocolate, hot chocolate, hot cocoa
Servings: 1


  • 1 cup oat milk or non-dairy milk of choice
  • 3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Toppings: Coconut whip cream vegan marshmallows, chocolate shavings, chocolate chips or a dusting of cocoa powder.


  • In a small saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, maple syrup, vanilla and salt.
    A sauce pan with milk. Cocoa is being added into the sauce pan.
  • Heat on low medium heat until just simmering and chocolate is melted and the clumps of cocoa are gone, about 5-7 minutes. Don’t let your hot chocolate boil or you could burn the chocolate.
    Cocoa mixed into the milk in a sauce pan.
  • Pour into a mug, top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g