Homemade Healthy Hot Chocolate

The cold weather has arrived here in the South! When I say cold, I mean I woke up to 37 degrees this morning, y’all. That calls for some hot chocolate, don’t you think?

I started making my own mix about eight years ago and it only has three simple ingredients. I’m not one to eat a lot of sweets but a good cup of healthy homemade hot chocolate never stopped me!

This recipe is so creamy and I use only real ingredients. Do not feel guilty one bit because it’s good for you! Ok, so in moderation anything is good for you, right?  For added goodness, I also top it with my homemade whipped cream and I shave a little bit of a Lilly’s chocolate bar. I like the Original one but they have several to choose from.

So, without further ado, here is this yummy recipe. It’s perfect for in the morning with breakfast or sitting around in the evening watching a good Hallmark Christmas Movie!

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Healthy Homemade Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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This recipe is for my Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix:

2 ¼ cups of Organic Cocoa
3 cups of Coconut Sugar
1 tablespoon Himalayan Salt

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients above, stir and store in a quart size mason jar. This mix will yield about 50 cups of hot chocolate and will take you right through winter.

To make the Hot Chocolate:
For individual servings, pour 1 cup of Organic/Raw Milk into a saucepan and add 2 TBS of the Hot Chocolate Mix and 1-2 tsp of homemade vanilla. You can never have enough vanilla! Whisk together over medium heat until dissolved. Be careful not to let the milk boil. Top with my homemade whipped cream (see recipe below) and chocolate shavings.

To make multiple cups, just multiply the individual serving by how many cups you need to make.

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 Pint of Organic Heavy Cream
1-2 tbsp of Coconut Sugar
1-2 tsp of Homemade Vanilla


Pour the entire carton of cream in a bowl along with the sugar and vanilla. Beat on low for a few minutes and then increase the speed. It may look like it’s taking forever to get that “whipped” look, but it’s coming. Keep mixing until you see wonderful light peaks. Oh, and make sure you use the wire whisk attachment if you are using a stand up mixer like Kitchenaid.

This is the creamiest and most healthy whipped cream I’ve ever had. You will never go back to store brands once you make this. I promise and your family will  love it!


COCOA – You have to start with good cocoa and of course healthy cocoa. NOW Foods makes a great one!

COCONUT SUGAR –  I haven’t bought the “white stuff” in about 10 years. My go to sweeteners are this Coconut Sugar from Wholesome.

HIMALAYAN SALT – The key to obtaining rich trace minerals is in the salt. You can’t just buy any sea salt. I love this one from Sherpa. The 5 lb. bag will last you for a very long time.

MILK/HEAVY CREAM – I only buy raw milk from a local farmer when available or my favorite in the store in Organic Valley. I love their values and feel good giving their products to my family.

VANILLA BEANS – Vanilla is by far my “secret” ingredient in pretty much any baked good I make. It all starts with the beans. I am a firm believer in using Madagascar beans. Making your own vanilla will be so rewarding and will last you quite a while. You can find my Homemade Vanilla Recipe HERE.

SHAVED CHOCOLATE – You can’t have an amazing cup of hot chocolate without topping it with something yummy. My absolute favorite is the Lily’s Chocolate Bar. I buy the Original or the Almond but any of their flavors would be great on top.

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Making homemade Hot Chocolate takes a little extra time, but knowing that you are giving your family wholesome ingredients outweighs the time involved. Plus, you can make it together as a family and make some memories!

Enjoy and stay warm!

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22 thoughts on “Homemade Healthy Hot Chocolate

  1. Yummy!

    • It really is nice to indulge and have no guilt lol.

    • It really is and it’s not loaded with all of the processed sugars and carbs. I’d love to know if you make it. 🙂

  2. anja at Reply

    Makes me want to have it right now! No matter how cold, hot chocolate is always good! I love that you’re using coconut sugar. If you’re looking for a nice cookie to go with your drink, check out my recipe at https://www.ourgabledhome.com/healthy-classic-cinnamon-star-cookies/ 😊

    • I love that you’re using coconut sugar as well! Your cookies look amazing! I also want to try your beeswax wraps. I’ve been wanting to see how to make them! Stay warm!!!

  3. This looks delicious!! I have only used Hershey cocoa. Is that good quality?

    • It really is without the guilt LOL. I haven’t checked Hershey brand. I wonder if you can find the ingredients online?

  4. Jayme Marquez at Reply

    Looks so yummy!

    • Thanks Jayme. It’s the perfect treat on cold evenings!

  5. Oh I love this! So simple. I try not to eat (or drink) sugar, so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing 😘😘

    • You are welcome! I quit white sugar about 10 years ago and feel so much better!!!

  6. I will have to try this! My kids have hot chocolate every other day and I’ve been using white sugar, which is definitely not ideal. 😬

    • Katie, definitely try switching. I quit the white stuff about 10 years ago and haven’t looked back LOL.

  7. arrowhillcottage at Reply

    Oh goodness, the timing on this post couldn’t be more perfect. Every time my kids come in from playing in the snow they beg for Hot Cocoa! I will definitely be trying this healthy recipe!

    • That’s awesome! It’s the perfect drink to warm everyone up on a cold day! The vanilla is my secret ingredient ;).

  8. I’ve been trying to find a good sugar swap for hot cocoa! I bet coconut sugar goes really well with it! I’ll be trying this out soon 😋

    • It’s definitely a great swap. I also use Sucanat, which is dehydrated can juice. Both make this treat so yummy!

  9. I need to know more about this coconut sugar! I hate the taste of coconut, but I’m incredibly addicted to sugar. Can you taste any coconut flavor?

    • It doesn’t taste like coconut at all. I’m not a fan of coconut either LOL.

  10. Reblogged this on St. Martha's Lens and commented:
    We are actually scheduled to get snow sometime soon here in Tulsa, OK… of course that can change quicker than I can finish this sentence.

    Someone tell me… Have you tried any of her ingredients? I’m especially interested in the coconut sugar!!!

  11. Jenn at Reply

    My kids will love this!

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