Skinny Hot Cocoa

by Marla on August 2, 2013 · 34 comments

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Even though it’s summer, here in the mountains I crave at least one cup of hot cocoa daily. Let’s face it…anyway to get some chocolate into my world is a great thing!

Skinny Hot Cocoa requires only 4 things…any kinda milk, cocoa powder, H2O & your favorite sweetener.

Why am I posting something soooooo simple? So you can avoid those little packages of processed cocoa powders.

Drink up!

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Nothing like a steamy cup of hot cocoa when you roll out of bed.

Sometimes I find it crazy fun to post the most simple of recipes. But then I realize that these are my go-to daily creations and they need to be blogged.

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I love the taste of good chocolate. Packaged hot cocoa doesn’t do it for me…it’s too sweet & I can hardly taste the cocoa.

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Cocoa powder is super fun to shoot with a macro lens.

See…

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You might need to experiment with unsweetened cocoa powders to find the one you like the most.

I usually reach for Trader Joe’s, Scharffen Berger, Ghiradelli and Hershey’s. I like fancy ones too.

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If you want chocolate milk…simply add some ice.

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Have a great weekend & enjoy your chocolatey sips!

Skinny Hot Cocoa

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 2 minutes

Yield: 1 cup of Hot Cocoa

Skinny Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

  • Milk (any kind) I like unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Hot Water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Natural Sweetener (to taste) I like my Vanilla Stevia Drops

Method

  • Get your favorite mug. Fill it half way with hot water. Stir in cocoa powder, sweetener & fill the rest with milk. Stir again. Microwave for one minute.
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1 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective August 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

Love a warm cup of hot cocoa!! Thanks for sharing this “skinny” version! :)

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2 Jenny Flake August 2, 2013 at 7:36 am

Stunning and now I want some skinny hot cocoa :)

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3 Tieghan August 2, 2013 at 7:38 am

You have no idea how awesome this is! Since I was little my mom has always gotten up and made cups of hot chocolate instead of coffee. Hot chocolate is her coffee. No seriously, she drinks 2-3 cups with breakfast and I am following in the very same path since I am not a coffee drinker either! I love this recipe!

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4 Marla August 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

That is so fun Tieghan!! Gotta love any way to get lots of chocolate!

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5 HeatherChristo August 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

i just love hot chocolate too!!! I really like that this is the alternative to the packets!

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6 Marian (Sweetopia) August 2, 2013 at 7:40 am

Gorgeous photos, as usual, Marla! Can’t wait to try this skinny version!

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7 Kevin (Closet Cooking) August 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

Good homemade hot cocoa is so easy!

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8 Marla August 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Sooooooo easy!

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9 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

About 3-4 yrs ago I put a recipe on my site for Skinny Hot Cocoa but the pics were horrendous and so the post has sort of died. I love what you did here and a few times a week in the winter I make hot cocoa the same way: almond milk, cocoa, stevia. My fave warm treat! Pinned!

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10 Marla August 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

Funny you should say that Averie…..I have a reaaallllly old one al well. It’s still somewhere ~ but I can’t bear to look at it ;)

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11 Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 2, 2013 at 8:41 am

I crave coffee and tea every day in the summer, maybe it’s because we live in cooler regions but I need it. And skinny cocoa is now on my list…PINNING!!

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12 Marla August 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Yay!! Happy to hear you have a new hot drink on your list ;)

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13 Gaby August 2, 2013 at 8:58 am

totally craving this right now! Is it weird that this makes me ready for fall! Bring on the cool weather

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14 Marla August 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Gaby…it is actually starting to feel like fall here….will be lots o hot cocoa!!!

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15 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today August 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

Good hot chocolate is always a good choice. We’re having some hot days over here, but when it reins, we can have a cup :)

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16 Marla August 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Sounds like a great plan Marta!

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17 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

I’m right there with you, Marla! We need to get away from processed foods. I, too, enjoy unsweetened almond milk and the vanilla flavored is wonderful as well. Love your logic with posting simple recipes. I need to do a few of those! Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning!

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18 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

This is so comforting, Marla! And you are right! The simplest recipes are definitely blog-worthy :)

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19 Marla August 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Isn’t it funny how we forget about the simple ones?!

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20 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl August 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

I’ve been drinking cocoa a lot this pregnancy!! Yum!

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21 Julie @ Table for Two August 2, 2013 at 11:05 am

love this warm cup. perfect for fall – which is right around the corner!! makes me all want to be in the mood for it.

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22 Marla August 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I cannot believe how close fall is…here in Telluride we are really feeling it creep in.

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23 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe August 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

This would be perfect for a cool, rainy day! Yum!

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24 Aya B. August 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Though a simple cup of coco can be a simple thing, but it does make a huge change in your mood for the rest of the day…

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25 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Oh girl, I am SO ready for fall! Saving this for then, since with it being regularly in the 100’s here in Austin I can’t even think about a hot cocoa, haha! This looks so luscious, though. Great recipe!

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26 Marla August 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Oh I bet Georgia!! When I was there in June it was crazy steamy hot. Certainly hot cocoa was not on my mind either. Cool here in the mountains thank goodness ;)

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27 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hot cocoa would definitely make my mornings better. LOVE this recipe!

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28 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Love this skinny version, so much better than packaged!

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29 Des @ Life's Ambrosia August 3, 2013 at 12:05 am

I don’t drink coffee, it’s just not my thing hot chocolate on the other hand, I adore. I sure could’ve used a cup of this today since it was so cold and rainy in Seattle.

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30 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 3, 2013 at 12:45 am

SF is always cold even in summer and this is just perfect! <3

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31 shelly (cookies and cups) August 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

So simple and the kids will love it! Time to start stockpiling cocoa for this winter!

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32 Kulsum August 4, 2013 at 8:55 am

Man I love your mugs, boards and hot cocoa all year round. Can I move in? :-D

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33 Susan August 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I, too, love those mugs. I’m collecting a lot of “make in a cup” recipes and my dainty 70s mugs are way too small. Will you share where you found them? Thanks so much.

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34 Nutmeg Nanny August 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Simple everyday recipes are the best ones :) beautiful photos Marla!

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