Delicious Skinny Stevia Hot Chocolate (Sugar-Free, Vegan, and Low-Calorie)

Updated on December 6, 2019
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Low-Calorie Hot Chocolate

Conventional hot chocolate or hot cocoa can often be a health nightmare because a typical cup can come in at well over 100 calories per serving. However, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a delicious cup of cocoa. In fact, cocoa itself is incredibly healthy, being high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Unfortunately, many of these health benefits are obscured by the refined sugars, fat, calories, and often questionable ingredients in commercial hot chocolate preparations.

The recipe I've shared below will allow you to take full advantage of cocoa's many health benefits without sacrificing your waistline. All of the ingredients in this recipe are naturally calorie-free, with the exception of the cocoa, bringing the total calorie count to a mere 20 calories. It's also vegan and sugar-free. Enjoy it any time of day—I find it (sometimes) satisfies my cravings for dessert after dinner as well.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 3 min
Yields: One serving


  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • About 2 packets of stevia, roughly equivalent to 2 tablespoons sugar; adjust amount to taste
  • Dash of salt, sea salt is best
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or peppermint extract, optional


The cocoa has a tendency to settle, so keep a spoon handy and stir occasionally.


  1. Combine cocoa, stevia, and salt in heatproof mug and set aside.
  2. Microwave water on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Slowly add hot water to dry ingredients, mixing constantly.
  4. Add vanilla, peppermint, or other extract of choice for added flavor!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 20
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      Tori Leumas 

      5 years ago

      I love hot chocolate, but I can't have sugar. I may have to try this. Great hub!

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      Jill Spencer 

      5 years ago from United States

      I'm going to try this. I love hot chocolate, but you're right: the calories in it are a nightmare. Thanks for the recipe! --Jill

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      5 years ago

      I made hot chocolate similar to this recipe earlier today.. and I loved it! It is not near as good as regular hot chocolate, but is a must if you are watching your calories. I made mine with unsweetened almond milk instead of water and added 4 packs of stevia.

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      Jonathan Craig 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the post, always looking for new ways to use stevia.

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      Gina R 

      5 years ago

      Going to give this a shot since I love hot cocoa but watch everything I eat! Fit life problems lol!

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      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful idea. Using another alternative of sugar added to unsweeten chocs is clever. Voted up


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