Day 2 Skinny Hot Chocolate Mix!

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I love giving gifts around this time of year that are healthy versions of peoples favorite treats! Something about this time of year just lends itself to sweets, and hot chocolate is certainly a classic! The problem is, it is vey hard to find a hot chocolate mix that is low in sugar and still tastes as creamy and chocolaty as the full sugar/fat versions! I made it my mission this year to create a hot chocolate mix that was both rich and healthy, and I have to say…I love it so much, I plan to give it away as a gift to even people who claim to ‘dislike’ healthy food! I think I may just convert even the biggest skeptic with this holiday recipe! 


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 5 minutes.


Mix everything together in a medium mixing bowl until ingredients are well combined. Pour mixture into a closed container, such as a mason jar for a beautiful and festive gift!


To enjoy hot chocolate, mix 1 tbs dry mix with 1 cup hot almond milk, skim milk, or water. Stir until hot chocolate mix is completely dissolved and well combined. Add additional sweetener and 1-3 drops peppermint extract to individual portions if desired! 



6 tbsUnsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cupDry nonfat milk powder (I used Carnation brand)
1 tsp Cornstarch
1 tspSalt
3/4 cup Baking stevia OR 1 1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1
Optional:Peppermint extract for peppermint hot chocolate

1 Or 18 pkts stevia.

Katie's Tip!

To give as a gift, place hot chocolate mix in a mason jar and tie a pretty bow with a tag explaining how to make the perfect cup of hot cocoa! Pair with a candy cane as a stir stick, and a bottle of peppermint extract to make it extra festive!

Nutrition Breakdown

16 Servings (each serving is 1 tbs, makes a total of 1 cup of mix)
15 Calories per Serving
0 g Fat
3 g Carbohydrate
1 g Fiber
1.5 g Sugar
1 g Protein
0 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Haley S said:

Yay! I’m so excited for this recipe! It will definitely be on my December to-make list! (:

December 4th, 2012 — 10:14am  |  Reply

Kylie said:

Super cute! :) Thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking for a good DIY cocoa recipe, and this seems like the perfect mix of simple and delicious.

December 4th, 2012 — 9:25pm  |  Reply

Kylie said:

May I also ask where you can get the cute cocoa stirrers in the picture? :)

December 4th, 2012 — 9:26pm  |  Reply

Katie Prucha said:

What a cute idea!

December 5th, 2012 — 2:23pm  |  Reply

katrina said:

this looks great!!! it’s really helpful that you put how many stevia pkts. to, thanks so much!!! :)

December 7th, 2012 — 11:11pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a good hot chocolate recipe so I don’t have to use packets. This recipe is not only good for you, it tastes DELICIOUS. Better than packets by far!! Thank you so much Katie!!

December 8th, 2012 — 1:14pm  |  Reply

Kate Lanham said:

I made this and added espresso into my hot cocoa to make it like a skinny mocha…it was delish! Next I’m going to try the peppermint version and can’t wait!

December 10th, 2012 — 5:30pm  |  Reply

Laura said:

If you make this recipe using a sweetener that measures like sugar (so in other words, use 1 1/2 cups sweetener instead of 3/4 cup) is it still 1 Tbsp to 1 cup water/milk?

December 11th, 2012 — 5:55pm  |  Reply

Kelsi said:

Can you use xanthan gum instead of the cornstarch?

December 14th, 2012 — 4:14pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

i’m sure it would! not sure how much to use, but i’d start with 1/2 tsp

December 15th, 2012 — 10:09am  | 

jenny said:

kind of unrelated, but is there such a thing as white chocolate, or vanilla powder? I have a mild chocolate allergy, but i really want a hot wintery drink!!

December 15th, 2012 — 9:46pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Maybe you could try vanilla protein powder

December 16th, 2012 — 6:12am  | 

Kim Sanderson said:

Thanks so much for this recipe. I am diabetic and have not eaten well the past couple of weeks, and my sugars are high. I have been craving and eating chocolate peppermint brownies, popsicles and candy. You recipe is truly a Godsend for me!

December 22nd, 2012 — 9:27pm  |  Reply

Libby said:

I wanted to write and let you know that I made this mix up and had a cup of hot cocoa today. I did a 7 mile run in the cold and I was so glad to have a healthy hot drink waiting for me! This cocoa is SO SO SO good! I would not have known it was healthy! LOVE it! I made mine with unswt. almond milk and did not add the peppermint but I can’t wait to try it with the peppermint in it! Thank YOu so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!

December 27th, 2012 — 4:14pm  |  Reply

Cheryl said:

I was looking for a good fat free hot chocolate mix and this is the best one I have found. As others have said, it is so much better than the store bought diet mixes. They clump and won’t even stir up correctly. I honestly would not have known this was fat free and sugar free. For the sweetener I used 1 cup of Splenda. This is delicious and I will definitely keep it on hand.

February 11th, 2013 — 3:20pm  |  Reply

Erin Terpstra said:

It is good if you add a packet of sugar free hoc plate pudding to the mix :) makes it creamy!!!

February 13th, 2013 — 7:52pm  |  Reply

Barbara Johnson said:

Loving this on cold mornings and I love to add some to my coffee as it’s gives it the chocolate flavor I use to get by adding other forms of chocolate flavored creamers that were not always that great! Loving this convenience too of making a cup quickly since I doubled the recipe and keep it in jar on my counter for fast fixes!

March 22nd, 2013 — 9:56am  |  Reply

Amy said:

Great recipe….kids loved it too…with the peppermint chucks of course. I did find it too salty for us and them, so I doubled the rest of the ingredients and omitted the salt to the first batch to balance it out. :)

November 10th, 2013 — 3:11pm  |  Reply

carolyn george said:

Could you give the brand name of the baking stevia you use? Thanks.

December 15th, 2013 — 2:36pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

nu stevia

December 15th, 2013 — 3:17pm  | 

Katrina said:

Hi! I am getting ready to try this! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. Is this the NuStevia that you use?

November 23rd, 2014 — 8:53pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

yes :) i also like the packets

November 24th, 2014 — 12:26pm  | 

Lindsey V. said:

This sounds so good! I’ll definitely have to try this one since the last mix I made was a dud.

What exactly is the cornstarch for in the recipe? Is it just to thicken it slightly or is there another purpose to using the cornstarch? I wonder if it could be left out.

Thanks for the recipe!

December 30th, 2013 — 3:34pm  |  Reply

Christina said:

I wonder about the cornstarch, too. I’m wondering because of GMO’s…

February 15th, 2014 — 3:55pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

i buy one from trader joes that is all natural

February 25th, 2014 — 2:28pm  | 

Ross said:

I got ordered by the doctor to lose weight – or else. So I’ve been looking for a lower calorie hot chocolate because frankly, I hate coffee and I’ve been adding powdered caffeine to my morning hot chocolate. BUT as other’s have posted, the big name diet hot chocolate is a pain to mix up. This has even less calories (16 vs 25 – every bit helps!) so I tried it out.

I made this with Ghiradelli baking cocoa and Truvia. Had to leave out the corn starch as we didn’t HAVE any (like the previous poster, I’m curious as to what effect this has?).

I’m not terribly sold on this yet – takes some getting used to. Perhaps it’s the taste of the stevia. Also, it’s much more “dark chocolatey” than “milk chocolatey” Is there some kind of ground cocoa that’s closer to the taste of milk chocolate?

Also… the powdered milk doesn’t seem to all dissolve; I wind up with some at the bottom of the cup. Any thoughts on why? (It’s the Shaw’s house brand – Everyday Essentials).

January 6th, 2014 — 9:29am  |  Reply

Kallie Mae said:

Hey, I was wondering if this tastes like real hot chocolate or does it taste kind of bitter? And I was also wondering if I could feature this recipe on my blog? (I’ll give you credit of course :D)



July 22nd, 2014 — 10:07am  |  Reply

Debbie said:

Hiya I love this recipe idea it’s great only problem I have is i from the uk, I did look on amazon for stevia and found this green powder is that what I need for the day 2 skinny hot chocolate plus were can I find nonfat dry milk powder please
Hope u can help me
Many thanks

October 7th, 2014 — 4:51pm  |  Reply

Debbie said:

Can you use any sweetner if u can’t get hold of any stevia

October 10th, 2014 — 4:33pm  |  Reply

Sherry said:

I doubled the amount of powdered milk to get a creamier flavor. Also cut the stevia back to 1/2 cup and that was plenty for me. PERFECT!

November 4th, 2014 — 7:12pm  |  Reply

Beth said:

Here it is 2014 and I am just finding this great recipe on line. Made up a batch today and everyone raved about it. When I told them it was actually a healthy alternative to packaged hot cocoa mixes, no one could “find the artificial taste” so common in low sugar items. Thank you for sharing. This will become a family favorite.

November 16th, 2014 — 5:59pm  |  Reply

Heather said:

This is great! Just made it with hot water for the 15 calories and it was tasty! I KNOW that it will be great with the almond milk!

November 26th, 2014 — 7:40pm  |  Reply

Emily said:

I adored this! I made it with Maple Sugar and simply hot water, put it through my fitness pal 16 calories a serving! My life is complete with this! Thanks so much!

December 5th, 2014 — 7:27pm  |  Reply

Kathy said:

Hi, I am so excited to try this recipe. I have a diabetic in my family and can’t wait to make this for them.
My question is, do you mean Powdered milk or Powdered Creamer?
I can’t find a carnation brand powdered milk at our store,but we have a Carnation powdered creamer, so just wanted to make sure I understood which one you meant.
Thanks so much.

December 12th, 2014 — 3:45pm  |  Reply

Karen said:

I love, love, love this recipe and now NEVER run out. I have just one question. How would you tweak it to make it Mexican Hot Chocolate?

I don’t trust myself to alter it since your regular version is PERFECT!

December 17th, 2014 — 1:49pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yeah! :) maybe start by adding a pinch of cinnamon to your individual cup, then if you like that- add 1/2-1 tsp to the whole mix!

December 17th, 2014 — 3:36pm  | 

Cailin at Sassy Dove said:

Wonderful – thank you so much for this! I have been looking for a lower calorie way to still enjoy hot chocolate and it seems I may have found it. Yum!

June 11th, 2015 — 12:10am  |  Reply

Moogie said:

Love this recipe! Thanks so much :) I have a robbie terrible hot chocolate habit for ‘the real stuff’ at around 120cals a cup.. but no more!
My first batch of this used truvia and had that afwul aniseedy after taste, so I tried a different Stevia brand, Sweetly Stevia. It does have some calories in it (minimal) but is natural and doesn’t have the aftertaste. I found that batch too sweet (starting to feel like goldilocks now!) even though I only used half a cup of sweetly. I finished that batch off though and have now made another batch. This time I doubled it all, left out the cornflour and just did half a cup of sweetly. I thought I might need to add an extra quarter cup, but having just tried it, it’s PERFECT! Sure, it’ll be slightly higher calories due to the different ratio of ingredients but for me it’s still a win even at 40-50 cal when it tastes better than the ‘real stuff’. This is now my ‘real stuff’ – all natural and no sugar! Love it!

One minor problem I’ve had is the milk powdee isn’t very fine and doesn’t always dissolve. I’ve tried two brands so far, even ran it through the blender! My solution is adding the powder to the hot water rather than water to powder, it seems to dissolve better that way.

Anyway, thanks again, this is a life changer! I couldn’t bear to change to a shop bought diet brand, I’ve tried them all and even the best (Sainsburys, IMHO) doesn’t come close to this!

June 15th, 2015 — 9:13am  |  Reply

Moogie said:

Stupid auto correct, no idea where ‘robbie’ came from before the word ‘terrible’ and ‘powdee’ instead of powder… and I can’t seem to edit it! Sorry!

June 15th, 2015 — 9:16am  | 

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