How to Make Healthy Homemade Hot Cocoa

by lydia on December 29, 2015

Hot Cocoa, what would the holidays or winter be without a warm comforting mug?

The good news is – you can actually make this delectable beverage a lot healthier at home than you can if you buy the pre-made packets from the store.

I don’t know about you but I grew up with instant hot cocoa. You know the kind with the mini marshmallows in the packet? I never even knew about marshmallow fluff until I was a teenager and experienced it at a friend’s house after sledding.

Since I’ve grown up and now know that those ingredients are not ideal for my overall health, I’ve found better alternatives to still enjoy this childhood favorite. It’s super simple to make and you can feel pretty good about serving this version of hot cocoa to your family and friends.


Homemade Hot Cocoa
Cuisine: Beverages
  • 1 -2 tablespoons Homemade Chocolate Syrup (see recipe below)
  • 8 ounces of raw milk
  • Homemade Chocolate Syrup
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (raw cacao is best, or a good quality cocoa
  • powder that contains high amount of cocoa butter)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup maple syrup, grade B preferably (more or less depending on
  • your tastes), alternatively you can use rapadura, honey is okay too
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (preferably gluten free)
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt
  1. Heat milk to a simmer in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in chocolate syrup until well combined.
  3. Remove from heat and serve.
  4. To make the chocolate syrup:
  5. In a small saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, water and maple syrup. Bring to a slight simmer over medium heat, being careful not to burn and whisking constantly, cook until well mixed
  6. and thickened about 4 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool.
  8. Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate.
  9. This syrup is very rich and
  10. thick, a little goes a long way.

* Homemade chocolate syrup recipe
*Use any milk alternative that you prefer if you do not tolerate dairy.

To make your hot cocoa even more fun, you can find natural marshmallows at the store. I buy Dandies all-natural mini vanilla marshmallows at my local Whole Foods (*Note: This brand does contain soy but it is Non-GMO soy, so I do not stress it as no one in my family has a soy allergy and they are such a rare treat).

I sometimes add a drop of peppermint extract or essential oil as well for a fun flavor addition. But, there are also natural organic candy canes you can buy as well. I buy Tru Sweets Organic Candy Canes from my local health food store at the end of the season when they are on sale to enjoy in January during snowstorms.

If you really want to make your hot cocoa for a health nerd, like myself, you can go the extra mile and sneak in some extra nutrition. One of my clients told me she opens dessicated liver capsules and adds them to her kids hot cocoa (don’t worry, they can’t even taste it and don’t know it’s in there).

I happen to like to add minerals to my kid’s cocoa, magnesium in particular. I use a liquid ionic magnesium from New Beginnings Naturals. Since I know all of my kids need magnesium anyway, it’s a no brainer for me to add it. They can’t taste it and magnesium is the ultimate chill out mineral so it’s great added to a treat that has the potential to ‘stimulate’ them a bit. I try to sneak it in anyway I can. As for dose, I just go with about a teaspoon per mug of cocoa which equals 100 mg of magnesium.

So, the next time your kids come in from a cold winter’s day of play or sledding, be sure to whip up some healthy homemade hot cocoa for them.

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