Paleo Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Elizabeth Published: March 1, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Paleo Hot Cocoa

Enjoy a comforting cup of this paleo hot cocoa sweetened with maple syrup and a hint of vanilla. Add a dash of espresso for a more flavorful drink!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes



For Chocolate Syrup:

  • cupwater
  • cupunsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinchsalt
  • ½cupmaple syrup
  • 1tbspvanilla
  • ½tbspespresso powder,optional

For Serving:

  • 1cupmilk,(per person), like coconut milk, almond milk, dairy milk or other favorite milk
  • sweetener,of choice, like maple syrup or honey, optional
  • coconut whipped cream,optional
  • dark chocolate shavings,optional


  1. Bring the water to a boil in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Cocoa Syrup:

  1. Place the cocoa powder and salt in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over top. Whisk until combined, then let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, and espresso powder. Stir to combine.*

Hot Cocoa:

  1. Warm the milk, 1 cup or so per person, in the microwave or on the stovetop.

  2. Transfer to a mug and stir in 2 tablespoons of syrup per cup. Taste and add additional syrup or sweetener, if desired.

  3. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*The syrup is ready to use immediately, or let it cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. This chocolate syrup will last in the fridge for several weeks.


  • Calories: 661.82kcal
  • Fat: 11.97g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.88g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.31g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.64g
  • Carbohydrates: 135.67g
  • Fiber: 10.61g
  • Sugar: 109.69g
  • Protein: 13.38g
  • Cholesterol: 24.40mg
  • Sodium: 1231.73mg
  • Calcium: 477.69mg
  • Potassium: 1120.95mg
  • Iron: 4.25mg
  • Vitamin A: 112.24µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.01mg
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