Healthy Hot Chocolate Jar Recipe

Last Updated on February 5, 2023 by Ellen Christian

You have got to try to make your own healthy hot chocolate this year! I love hot chocolate.  Make a batch of my hot chocolate jar recipe today to share with friends.

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How to Make your own Healthy Hot Chocolate - Gifts in a Jar

How to Make your own Healthy Hot Chocolate

I was making my grocery list a few days ago and hot chocolate was one of the things we are almost out of. Since I am trying to get healthier and be more aware of what I’m eating,

I glanced at the ingredients on the box of my hot chocolate packets.  Two ingredients jumped out at me – corn syrup and carrageenan.  That made me realize that I needed to learn how to make your own healthy hot chocolate. 

I know that it’s possible to make hot chocolate from milk and shaved dark chocolate.  My preference is to make my hot chocolate from a mix.  I want something fast and easy.  

I want to grab a jar from the cupboard, add a few teaspoons to hot milk, stir and enjoy. By learning how to make your own healthy hot chocolate as a mix, you can also use this recipe to create a gift in a jar for someone on your gift list this Christmas. I love homemade Christmas gifts.

How to Make your own Healthy Hot Chocolate - Gifts in a Jar

Best milk for hot chocolate

You can make this healthy hot chocolate with regular milk or almond milk. If you want it to be Paleo friendly, add unsweetened almond milk. If you eat dairy, choose regular whole organic milk.

This is NOT a sweet hot chocolate. If you are looking for something that is closer to store bought as far as sweetness, double the amount of stevia/sweetener.

To give this healthy hot chocolate as a gift, add a piece of festive fabric to the top and include instructions on how to prepare it.  You can even make a batch of cookies to go along with the hot chocolate.

Looking for more gifts in a jar? Check out my Friendship Soup Gift Mix in a Jar.

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Yield: 8

Healthy Hot Chocolate - Gifts in a Jar

Healthy Hot Chocolate - Gifts in a Jar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder - Fair Trade is best
  • 1/8 tsp stevia powder or sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • shaved dark chocolate or chocolate chips for the top if you want
  • optional: a few candies as a treat
  • (water & unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or traditional milk when ready to drink)


  1. Mix the cocoa powder, stevia powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. Pour into a glass canning jar. You can double or triple the amount depending on the size of your glass jar.
  2. When you want to drink a cup of healthy hot chocolate, Add roughly 1/8 cup (2 servings) to a small pan, blend in 1/4 cup of hot water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for a minute. Add 1 3/4 cups of unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk or traditional milk and heat.
  3. Remove from heat, add a 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and stir well. Serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

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31 thoughts on “Healthy Hot Chocolate Jar Recipe”

  1. This sounds yummy and I've got everything to make it, except I will use Organic Agave Sugar for the sweetener. I'm going to go ask my S.O. if he wants some!! Plus I can take it to work and switch up my tea regimen.
  2. OH YUM, I have to try this@ Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Hope your week is great! Cindy from
  3. This must be so delicious.  I really love the presentation also and I love the idea of these as gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season.

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