Healthy Hot Chocolate

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.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 serving


  • 1 tablespoon natural, unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 cup low-fat milk, warmed to steaming

  • Add-ins like orange zest and ground cloves; ground cardamom and vanilla extract; or chili powder and ground cinnamon (optional)


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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

164 Calories
3g Fat
28g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 164
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 25g
Added Sugars 13g 26%
Protein 0g 1%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 478IU 10%
Folate 14mcg 3%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Calcium 312mg 24%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 54mg 13%
Potassium 448mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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