Healthy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

This healthy hot chocolate is a delicious dairy-free alternative to the popular powdered mixes we used when I was a kid. It calls for only 4 ingredients and takes just about 5 minutes to prepare.

What I love about making my own homemade hot chocolate is that you can customize the chocolate flavor exactly to your liking. Want a dark chocolate drink? Add more cocoa powder or use less sweetener.

Want it to be sugar-free? Replace the maple syrup with your favorite sugar-free alternative. Because you can taste this mixture as you go, it’s practically fool-proof!

This healthy hot chocolate recipe is:

  • Dairy-free
  • Vegan & Paleo friendly
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Low fat
  • Totally customizable
  • And super easy to make

I love using almond milk in this recipe as its neutral flavor blends seamlessly with the rich cocoa powder. If you want a creamier and nut-free drink, try using coconut milk instead.

4.86 from 7 votes
Healthier Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This healthy hot chocolate recipe requires only 4 ingredients and is dairy-free and naturally sweetened. It's a quick and easy detox-friendly dessert!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 1
Calories: 100 kcal
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan over high heat, using a whisk to break up any clumps. Keep stirring until smooth and piping hot, then pour into a mug and serve warm.
  2. Top with dairy-free whipped cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.

Substitution Notes:

  • As I mentioned above, feel free to use any type of milk or sweetener you like. This recipe can be easily customized to use the ingredients you have on hand.
  • As always, if you try something different, please leave a comment below letting us know how it worked for you so we can all benefit from your experience.





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gina l

Thank you ,thank you, thank you. This is fantastic!


I just made this, it was so quick and easy, and tastes so yummy! I’m lactose intolerant, so this recipe was perfect 🙂 I had to add mini marshmallows on top though haha


Just wondering, cacao or cocoa powder? 🙂

    Megan Gilmore

    I almost always use cacao in my home, but either way tastes similar, for those who don’t want to spend the money on the more expensive stuff.


This looks delicious! Can you use agave instead of the maple syrup?


Try adding 2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter and 1 tbsp coconut oil Makes a wonderful breakfast drink that lasts until lunch time. Even better than my old favorite – Hot Chocolate! I skip the vanilla and the salt.


Just tried this tonight as I’m searching for a fall drink that’s good for my low carb diet. VERY yummy! Thanks so much!


Is there any way to make this in the microwave instead of on the stove? We were going to try this at work, but we don’t have a stove!


    I combined all the ingredients. Put it in a jug in the microwave, whisked it a few times and it was done in a few minutes and tastes great! Smooth and creamy hot chocolate


How much Stevia do you use if not using maple syrup?


I made this last week and am going to make it again for my daughter and niece tonight. We loved it! THANK YOU!


I also have this every morning for breakfast after my cleansing lemon water..

Since I have a high speed blender (nutribullet, vitamix etc.).. I use dates for sweetness..
as dates are very nutrient dense and very healthy…Use 1 to 3 according to the desired sweetness..
add 1/2 to 1 tbls cocoa powder and blend.. then just heat and add 1 tbls coconut oil if using..
(this is using my cup/mug to measure the amount of milk I am using)

But please everyone use only raw unpasteurized almonds.. Even the almonds you get from
the health food stores are pasteurized.. That’s because by law all almonds sold in the U.S. have
to be pasteurized.. Pasteurization and heat destroy important enzymes and vitamins.
So Order your Almonds online to get them right from the growers….

Be sure to Soak them overnight before using them to make your Almond Milk..
Then put them in your blender (regular blender works) with 3 to 6 dates and 4 to 6 cups
of water and blend…. (experiment with amounts to get the milk to your taste)
Strain (using a nut bag, old clean nylon, etc) saving the pulp.. And use for your Milk…

I reuse the pulp a second time using the same process (without the dates) but do not strain it..
and use this for making my smoothies.. So nothing is wasted…
If you can, store your milk in glass bottles and it will keep in the fridge for a week..

Hope this was helpful…


A Thousand times, YES! I just made the lifestyle change to no processed sugars and other nasty foods from my diet. I made it to day 2, and was already feeling the pressure to crack. I have the biggest sweet tooth and staying away from a slice of cake is difficult. I am so glad I found this recipe, it saved me. Its healthier and uses natural sweeteners. I add a sprinkle of cinnamon to mine and it makes it PERFECT. Thank you for sharing.

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