Healthy Chocolate Milk Recipe

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Easy homemade chocolate milk in under 5 minutes (no syrup needed)

Do you ever get a craving for chocolate milk? Of course, you do! (who doesn’t, right?)
This healthy chocolate milk recipe is an amazing treat to satisfy all your chocoholic cravings. And the good news is that you only need a few ingredients and it’s easy adapt it to your dietary needs or preferences.

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Why I love this homemade chocolate milk

  • EASY
    The only equipment you literally need is a teaspoon (and the mug or glass you will be drinking from).
    Also, if you want it hot, you can simply warm it in the microwave.
    Looking for a vegan chocolate milk? Or a sugar-free version? You name it, there are no limits for this recipe!
    Also, it’s super easy to adapt the amounts so you can make from a single serving to as many as you need.
    And last but not least, it tastes great both as hot chocolate as an iced chocolate drink.
    This chocolate milk is made with pure cocoa powder, which is considered a superfood.
    Additionally, you have complete control over the amount and type of sweetener you use, as well as the type of milk you use.
    Have you ever checked the ingredients of industrial chocolate milk powder? In most cases is mostly refined sugar with just a bit of cocoa! Why pay for lots of added sugar (with only a little amount of cocoa) when you can make much a healthier chocolate drink for a fraction of the cost?

How this recipe came to be

Of course, I didn’t invent the recipe for making chocolate milk from unsweetened cocoa powder, but this is a recipe that is very dear to my heart.
In fact, it’s a beverage that I’m so proud of that when I created my first blog (a lifestyle blog in Spanish), the first post was about this recipe.
It was also one of the first things I made for myself before moving out of my parents’ house about 20 years ago.

Over the years, I’ve tweaked the recipe to ensure the best possible result.
The reason I’ve always loved making chocolate milk from Dutch cocoa powder is that I often get a strong desire for chocolate, but at the same time, I’m conscious of how much sugar I consume, especially when it’s close to bedtime.
This recipe has always been the perfect solution for me. It tastes wonderful hot and also great when it’s cold.

While I don’t make this recipe every day, whenever I do make it, I’m always reminded of how much I enjoy it.
With so many other drink options available, I sometimes forget about this classic favorite…
But every time I indulge in a warm or cold cup of chocolate milk made with this recipe, I’m left feeling so satisfied and content that I always think to myself, “why don’t I do this more often?”.

As you can see, I’m quite in love with this super easy recipe, and I hope you enjoy it too!

What you’ll need

  • Cocoa powder (pure, unsweetened)
  • Honey (or alternative)
  • Water
  • Milk

Ingredient alternatives and variations

  • You are welcome to use your preferred sweetener: sugar, swerve, coconut sugar… whatever you like best!
    My personal favorites ways to sweeten chocolate milk are:
  • Feel free to use your preferred type of milk: regular milk, soy milk or nut milk like almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, coconut milk… all are allowed!
    Actually, this is our go-to recipe to make chocolate flavor milk with any kind of milk (my kids don’t like dairy free milk unless it has chocolate flavor).
  • As a hardcore chocolate lover, I personally find this chocolate milk also tastes great without even if you don’t add any sweetener.
    I recommend making it at least once unsweetened as a healthy hot chocolate! (and if you miss some sweetness, you can always top with marshmallows afterwards).


Time needed: 2 minutes

How to make healthy chocolate milk with pure cocoa powder

  1. Make chocolate “syrup”

    Put the pure cocoa powder in a mug or glass. Combine with honey (or preferred sweetener) and a small amount of water (to make it easier to “dissolve” the cocoa). Stir carefully with a spoon until everything is a homogenous paste.Chocolate syrup for chocolate milk

  2. Add milk

    Add hot or cold milk and enjoy!Healthy chocolate milk recipe


The only key is to thoroughly mix the cocoa powder with the water and honey to create a smooth cocoa “syrup”.
If you notice any lumps after about 30 seconds of stirring, simply add a small amount of milk and stir until the clumps disappear.
Then, you can add the rest of the milk to enjoy your chocolate milk.

FAQs about chocolate milk

Is there a lot of caffeine in cocoa powder?

Cocoa powder naturally contains caffeine. A teaspoon of cocoa powder (5 gr.) has around 10-12 mg of caffeine (8 oz. cup of coffee usually has 80-100 mg caffeine).

Why is chocolate milk healthy?

Chocolate milk is considered healthy because it’s a good source of magnesium, protein and calcium. However, since most store-bought options contain a great amount of added sugar, it’s better to make your own chocolate milk.

When chocolate milk was invented

Chocolate was known since at least 350 BCE, but the origin of chocolate milk is not so clear.
The Natural History Museum in Britain credits Sir Hans Sloane, an Irish botanist who spent some time in Jamaica in the early 1700s.
He described the cocoa drink that the local people him as ‘nauseous’, but that mixing it with some milk made it more palatable.
He then introduced the recipe to Europe.
However, according to historian James Delbourgo, people in Jamaica already brewed “a hot beverag from shavings of freshly harvested cacao, boiled with milk and cinnamon” as soon as at least 1494.

Healthy chocolate milk recipe
5 from 3 votes

Homemade Chocolate Milk Recipe

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Prep Time:3 minutes
Total Time:7 minutes



  • 1-2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (use 2-3 tsp. if you love dark chocolate)
  • 1-2 tsp. honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Cup milk of choice


  • Make a chocolate contrate by combining the cocoa powder, sweetener and water with a spoon (you can do this directly in the cup or glass you’ll be drinking from).
    Mix carefully until there are no lumps of cocoa left. You'll end up with a sort of chocolate syrup (that smells amazing btw).
    Chocolate syrup for chocolate milk
  • Add milk (hot or warm depending on your mood).
    making homemade chocolate drink
  • Get creative and decorate if desired! Some classics are marshmallows for hot cocoa, ice cream over cold chocolate milk and whipped cream for both options.
    Skinny hot chocolate with marshmallow


  • You may also skip the sweetener altogether 
  • If you have chocolate syrup, you can skip step 1 (I recommend my homemade sugar-free chocolate syrup)
  • You can serve this chocolate milk both iced or hot.


Calories: 180kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Cup
Calories: 180kcal

I hope you enjoy this healthy and comforting chocolate milk!
Have fun with this recipe and customize it to make it yours! Happy drinking! 🙂
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  1. 5 stars
    I love this cocoa milk making it exactly as you explain here. Just so yummy and healthy! The trick to blend cocoa powder works great. Thank you!

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