Health(ier) Hot Chocolate

Jan 29, 2021

We have been craving a good cup of hot chocolate all winter long and while the packaged powder sounds convenient and delicious it is also loaded with unnecessary sugars. So, we set out on a mission for a hot chocolate recipe that was Rooted approved. This recipe can be used with milk or be dairy free and is sweetened with natures sugar – pure maple syrup.  So, let’s get the whipped cream and cinnamon sticks handy because we are cooking up a steaming cup of hot chocolate.  The perfect end cap to a sleigh riding adventure.

Here’s what you’ll need for this healthy hot chocolate & where to source:

Milk: We recommend whole milk for that thick, creamy taste. If you prefer a dairy free option, coconut milk & almond milk offers the best combination.

Unsweetened cocoa powder: a high-quality cocoa powder is essential. We recommend making a trip to Calico Bean for their dark cocoa powder, we tested a few brands and this was our favorite.

Pure maple syrup: Lucky for us, maple syrup can easily be locally sourced. Make a trip to the farmers market, or browse your grocery stores selection for locally harvested maple syrup.

Vanilla extract: A splash of pure vanilla offers that extra boost of flavor!



3 cups milk OR 2 cups unsweetened almond milk & 1 cup coconut milk

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (we sourced from Calico Bean Market)

2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (we sourced from McGreal Family Farms)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt (if desired)


  1. Add all ingredients to a small pot and place over low to medium heat. Use a whisk to stir vigorously, ensuring there are no lumps. Do not bring the mixture to a boil as the milk can burn quickly. Simply keep on the stove and stir often until steaming hot
  2. Once hot chocolate is the desired temperature, remove from heat and pour into your favorite mug. Top with a homemade whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon or some shavings of dark chocolate!

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by Whitney Sanger

Co-Founder of Project Rooted

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