Today we have the best healthy hot chocolate recipe that you will love! This is such a delicious hot chocolate and it’s super easy to make! It has an amazing chocolate flavor and I have lightened it up. I hope you enjoy this wonderful hot chocolate all season long.
I like the mini chocolate chips because they have a little bit of sugar and provide a nice sweetness and balance to the hot chocolate. This healthy hot chocolate is the best because it tastes like classic hot chocolate, but it’s healthier, has less sugar, and has fewer calories!
How To Make Healthy Hot Chocolate
Start by adding the almond milk, cacao powder, monk fruit or sugar, vanilla, mini chocolate chips, and a pinch of salt to a saucepan. Combine all of the ingredients as much as you can while they are cold. Then, transfer the saucepan to the stove. Thoroughly combine all of the ingredients on the stove on low to medium heat. Make sure to melt all of the chocolate chips. Also, keep an eye on them so you don’t scold the milk.
Then, add whatever toppings you’d like and enjoy! I shaved some chocolate on top of my hot chocolate.
A Few Notes & Tips
Which Milk Should You Use For This Healthy Hot Chocolate?
I love using unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk as the milk base for this hot chocolate. It’s a great option because it’s low in calories and it makes a delicious hot chocolate! I find that refrigerated almond milk is thicker in consistency and works better in this recipe as opposed to the shelf-stable almond milk options. The shelf-stable options are great as well but aren’t as thick. I really like the refrigerated option for this hot chocolate recipe. Also, some other milk options that would work great in this recipe are cashew milk, oat milk, and regular nonfat milk.
What’s the Difference Between Cacao Powder and Cocoa Powder?
Cacao powder is fermented and not roasted at high temperatures like cocoa powder. What this means is that cacao is processed at low temperatures and still contains the nutrition properties of the cacao seed. Cocoa powder is processed at a much higher temperature and is often alkalized to reduce acidity during the processing. This is what we call Dutch-processed chocolate. So, cocoa powder will not be as bitter as Cacao from this process. Both cacao and cocoa come from the cacao bean. I like both options when it comes to this hot chocolate. You have options!
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1 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories66
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
- Sodium 308mg 13%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
- Sugars 4.3g
- Protein 2.2g 5%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.