Homemade Hot Cocoa (Only 3 Ingredients)


Hot cocoa is a one-size-fits-all drink! Whether you’re 5 or 55, you probably wouldn’t turn one down. 

This homemade hot cocoa consists of only 3 ingredients and is ready to drink in 5 minutes. 

It takes the same amount of time as a pre-made packet, only more impressive and easier on your blood sugar. 

Make this for the chocolate lover in your life and if that happens to be you, cheers!

Hot Cocoa Recipe

Hot Cocoa FI

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Our 3-ingredient homemade hot cocoa is perfect for minimalists and chocolate lovers. Hot cocoa mixes, while convenient, just aren’t as tasty or nutritious as making one yourself. This simple recipe is made from cleaner ingredients than your average hot cocoa mix. Take your milk of choice and warm it over medium heat in a saucepan. Combine with cocoa powder and maple syrup for delicate sweetness and you’re done. It’s hard to go back to the mix once you’ve tried this easy homemade hot chocolate!

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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Course Drinks
Cuisine American

Servings 1 mug
Calories 296 kcal



  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup



  • Warm milk in a saucepan for 1-2 minutes until warm to the touch.
    warm milk
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk until combined.
    add ingredients and whisk
  • Pour and enjoy with your favorite garnish.
    pour and enjoy


You can substitute your milk of choice. Regular milk is going to give the most “classic” hot chocolate flavor but this can easily be adapted to fit a plant-based lifestyle. Choosing low-fat, non-fat (skim), or a milk alternative can significantly reduce the calories in this recipe.


Serving: 1mugCalories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 14gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 746mgFiber: 4gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 593IUCalcium: 485mgIron: 1mg

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Hot Cocoa FAQs

How to make hot chocolate simple?

Dissolve cocoa powder and a clean sweetener (like honey or maple syrup) in the warmed milk of your choice. That’s it! No need for additives or artificial sweeteners. 

Is there a difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?

Yes! Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder and hot chocolate is made from melted chocolate. You can certainly use both for extra chocolate flavor!

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