Salted Mint Hot Cocoa

Try this healthy, guilt-free version of hot chocolate next time you're craving something sweet this winter season. Easy and satisfying.

healthy hot cocoa

The holiday season and colder months always have me craving hot chocolate, but it's usually made with not-so healthy ingredients like cow's milk (which I refuse to drink) and cocoa powder mixed with processed sugar.

vegan hot chocolate

With the holiday season in full effect, I think I get enough processed sugar from all of the damn dessert trays our clients bring us at my day job. So I set out to create a healthy, yet satisfying version of one of my all-time favorite seasonal treats.

dairy free hot chocolate
healthy hot cocoa

This recipe calls for unsweetened coconut milk (for those healthy fats), pure cacao powder (no sugar and full of minerals like magnesium), dark chocolate bar (no nasties), and pure grade B maple syrup (which has more vitamins and minerals than grade A and that won't spike your blood sugar as bad as other artificial sweeteners). 


This drink is pure gold and, in my opinion, better than any hot chocolate I've had in the past. The trick is getting peppermint dark chocolate. That hint of minty freshness makes this hot cocoa one for the books. I know you'll enjoy this recipe as much as me.




  • 1 c unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 small squares of mint dark chocolate (I love Equal Exchange brand)
  • 1 tsp pure grade B maple syrup
  • pinch of Himalayan pink salt



Place all ingredients in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk constantly until desired temperature is reached. If you don't have mint dark chocolate, you may add in a couple drops of mint flavoring or essential oil.



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