Refined Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate

This refined sugar-free hot chocolate is a delicious way to warm up during the colder months. It’s easy to make, nutrient-rich, and kid-approved. You can also serve this recipe cold and call it chocolate milk.

Hot chocolate in a mug.

Main ingredients

This hot chocolate is sweetened with a paste made from dates, but you can substitute other refined sugar-free sweeteners if you prefer. I’ve tried it with maple syrup and raw honey. Both work well, but I prefer to use date paste because it has a neutral sweetness that doesn’t distract from the chocolaty taste of the unsweetened cocoa powder.

There are two main types of unsweetened cocoa powder: natural and Dutch process. Either type works well in this recipe.

This recipe calls for pure vanilla extract. Be sure to use pure vanilla extract as opposed to artificial vanilla flavour if possible because you can really taste the difference.

Optional additions

Some additional flavourings you could add to this refined sugar-free hot chocolate recipe include a sprinkle of orange zest, some fresh mint leaves, or a dash of ground cinnamon. 

More refined sugar-free drink recipes

  • This ginger ale is refreshing, easy to make, and has no added sugar.
  • This kefir chocolate smoothie is sweetened with dates. It’s easy to make, filling, and delicious.
  • This refined sugar-free iced tea is perfect for summertime entertaining. Serve it with plenty of ice and fresh lemon slices.
A glass mug of refined sugar-free hot cocoa on a linen napkin.
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Refined Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate

This refined sugar-free hot chocolate is sweet and delicious. It's nutrient-rich and kid-approved.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, fall, refined sugar-free, winter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 188kcal


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons date paste  (see my date paste recipe for instructions)
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk


  • Add the cocoa powder and boiling water to a pot on the stove or a microwave safe bowl and stir until the cocoa powder is dissolved.
  • Add the date paste, vanilla extract and milk and heat until your desired temperature is reached, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Makes 1 serving of refined sugar-free hot chocolate.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 1mg