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

I love hot chocolate.  It’s one of the things that I look forward to as the weather gets colder here in Vermont.  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 carageenan.  That made me realize that I needed to learn how to make your own healthy hot chocolate.

How to make your own healthy hot chocolate mix - gift in a jar

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.

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Healthy Hot Chocolate - Gifts in a Jar
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  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder - Fair Trade is best
  • 1/8 tsp stevia powder or 1 tbsp Swerve
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • shaved dark chocolate for the top if you want
  • (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.
Recipe Type: Beverage


How to make your own healthy hot chocolate mix - gift in a jar

How to make your own healthy hot chocolate mix - gift in a jar

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/Swerve.

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.  I used a pretty fleece fabric with mittens and snowflakes because it reminded me of cold winter days and playing in the snow.

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  1. That's great Ellen - I have so many friends who are lactose intolerant.  This would be a perfect gift!! Pinned & Tweeted!
  2. Love homemade gifts!!!!
  3. This is such a cute idea. I'm thinking of making my son a Christmas box of goodies and I think he would like that.
  4. This looks so good. I really want try to make this for myself and I actually have a few of the I ingredients on hand.
  5. This would be a perfect gift for my friend who has to watch her dairy. Thanks for sharing your recipe Ellen.
  6. Yum this sounds good, and seems pretty easy to whip up! Thanks! 
  7. Oh I love this idea for teachers gifts... thank you so much
  8. Great healthy gift option!  I love giving homemade gifts and healthy ones are even better!  
  9. What an adorable and health conscious homemade gift! 
  10. We drink a ton of cocoa in the winter. Great gift idea
  11. That is great to have healthier hot chocolate. I hadn't thought about making it sugar free.
  12. We've been making our own hot cocoa too, so much better than the packets!
  13. This is such a cute idea!
  14. I love that you did a healthier version!
  15. I love me some hot chocolate! I make a "snowman soup" that is really just hot chocolate LOL!
  16. That looks sooo good.   Ahem...How do I get on your holiday gift list?  I love hot chocolate! :) 
  17. This is such a fantastic idea, it sounds yummy too! I want to keep it for myself ;)
  18. Sounds delicious!! And what a great and creative gift!
  19. Thanks for the recipe! I've been looking for a healthy hot cocoa recipe for some time now! 
  20. What a great gift idea!  I love hot cocoa especially now that it is SO cold outside!
  21. That looks awesome! I need to do this for neighbor gifts!!
  22. I really like the idea of using a sugar alternative in this! Thank you!
  23. That is a great gift idea. Who doesn't love chocolate?
  24. 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.
  25. What a cute idea! I love giving home made gifts this time of year. 
  26. That's AWESOME! I love giving gifts like this to my friends and neighbors too!
  27. Can't wait to try this.
  28. 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
  29. What a great idea for Christmas Presents!  I am going to make some right now!
  30. 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.


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