Hot Chocolate

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Homemade hot chocolate that's sugar-free! Mix up a big batch and store in the pantry, then just add milk! Right up there with holiday traditions in our house is the nightly hot chocolate! Everyone looks forward to it, especially Madilynn!

It takes only a few minutes to whip up this healthier version of hot cocoa mix, so I always keep some sitting in a jar on the counter or in the pantry ready to go! We’ve found so many ways to make it festive! Just think about all of the possibilities, Baileys Irish Cream (my personal fave), crushed candy canes, homemade marshmallows or whipped cream, or even a splash of peppermint liquor (or heck, maybe even a combination of all of the above – yes please!).

If you already scrolled down to the recipe, you’d have noticed this recipe is made with maple sugar (way to skip ahead and miss all the good stuff, you!). if you haven’t checked out maple sugar yet, do it! It’s pretty awesome.  It’s granulated sugar made from 100% maple syrup and it’s quickly becoming my favorite sweetener to use in pretty much everything! I find that it gives this hot chocolate (and many other recipes) a rich, warm flavor! But as always, any granulated sweetener will do the trick in this hot chocolate recipe!

and don’t forget to grab my perfect whipped cream recipe for the top!

Hot Chocolate

Homemade hot chocolate mix.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks & Smoothies
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Kristine


  • 1 cup all natural cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 cups maple sugar or coconut sugar


  • Add cocoa powder and maple sugar to the food processor.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Store in an airtight container.

To make hot chocolate:
  • Mix 1-2 TBS cocoa mix in 6-8 ounces of milk.
  • Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  • Top with whipped cream and crushed dye-free candy canes.
Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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Kristine is a self-taught cookie baker and photographer. She's passionate about finding time for everything and making baking, crafting and homemaking simple. More...

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