This healthier cup of hot chocolate uses low-fat milk, natural cocoa powder and just enough sugar to sweeten things up without going overboard on calories. As an added bonus, the milk provides a healthy serving of protein and calcium, which you won't get from sugar-loaded powdered hot-chocolate mixes prepared using water. Spice it up with an add-in like orange zest, cinnamon or vanilla for a delicious twist on this classic treat.

Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.
Source:, November 2018


Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine cocoa powder and sugar in a mug; swirl in warmed milk. Add in one of the flavor additions, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

164 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 27.9g 9% DV; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 24.8g; fat 3.1g 5% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol 12.2mg 4% DV; vitamin a iu 478.2IU 10% DV; folate 13.9mcg 4% DV; calcium 312mg 31% DV; iron 0.8mg 5% DV; magnesium 53.7mg 19% DV; potassium 448.2mg 13% DV; sodium 108.6mg 4% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV; added sugar 13g.