I’ve used this hot chocolate recipe for at least five years, but I’ve never gone beyond the basic except to add coconut whip cream or marshmallows. I love this recipe because it doesn’t use cane sugar — it only uses three ingredients unless you make it fancy and it tastes yummy. I sometime just make one cup when I want a pick me up but don’t want to share. It also keeps well in the refrigerator and makes good chocolate milk in the summer or add a splash to your coffee in the morning.

Recently I made chocolate truffles and my mother-in-law mentioned that she loved the chocolate orange combo the best, which got us talking about other orange chocolate combos that we liked. Now this is silly, but even though I love the orange chocolate combo, I never thought about putting orange into my hot cocoa or mocha. So the next time I made my cocoa I decided to give it a try. Boy was it yummy, so here you go a super easy yummy hot chocolate recipe.

Dairy and Cane Sugar Free Hot Chocolate


4 cups dairy or non-dairy milk, such as almond milk

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 grade B maple syrup

A pinch of salt it bring out the chocolate flavor


I put it all into a small pot on medium heat and whisk until combined and the right temperature.

Make it fancy:

2 drops of Orange essential oil per mug. Add to mug before you add the hot cocoa.

1 drop essential oil Cinnamon essential oil per mug

toothpick dip of peppermint essential oil per cup

Coconut whip cream

Marshmallows (corn syrup free)

What is your favorite hot chocolate flavor and topping?