Healthier Hot Cocoa

If your children are anything like mine, the minute the weather gets frosty, they’re ready for steaming mugs of hot cocoa! Truth be told, I love this little wintertime ritual as much as they do, but I don’t feel great about the ingredient list in most hot cocoa mixes. It’s so easy to make a more natural version as a special treat – and here’s how! I’ve indicated that whipped cream is optional, but if you ask me what I really think, it’s absolutely mandatory.


Hot Cocoa


makes 1 serving



1 cup 2% reduced fat milk

1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon stevia

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

light whipped cream (optional)

dash of cocoa powder (optional)



1. Over medium heat in a small saucepan, combine the milk, cocoa, stevia, and vanilla. Mix together and heat, stirring until hot.

2. Pour into mug and top with whipped cream and cocoa powder, if desired.

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