Classic Nourishing Hot Cocoa



What is better than steaming cup of hot cocoa on a cool morning? I love to wrap my hands around the mug to warm my body and soul.

If you haven’t guessed already I am a bit obsessed with hot cocoa. I have seven different varieties on this site. It all started with a simple cup of coconut milk hot cocoa and grew into a love for the tasty beverage. After making raspberry, peppermint, Mexican and a mix just to name a few I thought it was time, I finally shared a recipe for a classic hot cocoa with a nourishing twist of course.




My milk of choice these days is raw cow milk, but you can use whatever type of milk you prefer. Each will add its own unique flavor but will still be delicious!



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Classic Nourishing Hot Cocoa
Recipe type: Drink
  1. Heat 3¾ cup of the milk in a small sauce pan. If you are using dairy careful not to let the milk curdle. For raw milk it is best to not let it get any warmer than 110 F to preserve most of the beneficial properties of the raw milk.
  2. In a small bowl or mug mix the remaining ¼ cup milk, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Stir with a fork or a small whisk until a smooth paste is formed.
  3. Once the milk is heated pour the cocoa paste into the milk and whisk until smooth.
  4. Serve each cup of cocoa with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. You could also serve your cocoa with a homemade marshmallow or two.

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. This is delicious but i prefer cacao instead of cocoa because it is more natural with greater healthy benefits. What do you think. Have a great day

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it. Cacao doesn’t fit in my budget right now, I’m excited for when it does! I agree, the does have greater health benefits. I hope you have a great day as well!

  2. Do you happen to have a marshmallow recipe?

  3. I love hot chocolate but we’ve always done the processed stuff (yuck I know) or a milk and chocolate syrup one at a coffee shop. This sounds delightful and perhaps a bit less guilty when it comes to nutrition! 🙂 Trying this today!


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