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Small hands holding a mug of hot chocolate with toppings!
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5 from 2 votes

Hot Chocolate for Kids

This easy homemade hot chocolate is made with all natural ingredients and no artificial sugar for a tasty healthy option. Ready to enjoy in 5 minutes, it's a true family favorite!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 266kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk regular, almond, cashew, oat, etc.
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat: In a small saucepan, add in all of the ingredients.
    A small saucepan filled with ingredients for homemade hot chocolate.
  • Whisk: over medium-low heat, whisk occasionally until it just starts to boil. For kids, you don't want to heat it to a full boil or it will be too hot. For younger kids, check the temperature every few minutes to make sure you get it just right.
    Small saucepan with warm hot chocolate ready to serve.
  • Serve: pour into kid-friendly mugs or cups and serve with your favorite toppings.
    2 hands grabbing mugs of hot chocolate.

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Notes

Age: 1 year and up
Storage: you can store any leftovers in an air-tight container the fridge for up to 5 days. You will need to reheat the hot chocolate on the stove for 2-3 minutes or until warm. 
Toppings:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Candy Canes (we love these dye-free ones)
  • Mini Marshmallows (we love these vegan ones)
  • Pretzel Rods
  • Finely Chopped Nuts
  • Toasted Coconut Flakes
  • Freeze Dried Fruit - Mashed
  • Carmel or Chocolate Sauce
Variations:
  • Orange Cocoa: stir in 1/2-1 tsp freshly grated orange zest to the hot chocolate before serving. This is great if you use dark cocoa powder.
  • Mexican Cocoa: add in a very very small pinch of cayenne and a bigger pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon and stir into the hot chocolate before serving.
  • Pumpkin Spice: add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice to the hot chocolate before serving.
  • Nutella: add in 1 tablespoon of Nutella while mixing. This one definitely needs whipped cream to make it over-the-top amazing!
  • Coconut: use coconut milk while making the cocoa and add a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes on top of the whipped cream.
  • Almond: add 1/4 tsp almond extract and a pinch of nutmeg to the hot chocolate while mixing.
  • Peanut Butter: add in 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter while mixing, serve with pretzel rods for a fun twist.
  • Mamas Cocoa: add in 1-2 ounces (depending on how your day is going) of peppermint schnapps, bourbon, or Baileys into your mug.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 1mg