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National Cocoa Day + Homemade Hot Cocoa {Recipe}

It’s National Cocoa Day! Didn’t know it was thing? Well, it is. And for good reason, too.

Recent studies show that cocoa consumption is linked to numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease. The antioxidants, or flavonoids, in cocoa are associated with lowered blood pressure and levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, increased “good” HDL cholesterol and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

For the biggest nutrient bang for the buck, choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa for the highest level of healthy flavonoids. Like to drink your chocolate? That’s also a healthful option because 2 Tbsp. of pure cocoa powder contains about 40 calories, 1 gram of fat and no saturated fat. Just stick with packaged hot cocoa that contains the fewest ingredients (with ingredients you can pronounce) and provide under 125 calories and less than 10 grams of sugar per a 1-cup serving.

Or, you can try whipping up your own. Seriously, homemade hot chocolate takes only a few minutes to make, and you don’t even have to get a pot dirty! Here is my favorite hot cocoa recipe.

Homemade Hot Cocoa {Recipe}


  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. sweetener of choice (powdered sugar, honey or maple syrup)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt


  1. Heat milk on high in a microwaveable measuring glass for 1-1.5 minutes or until heated. In a large mug, combine cocoa, sweetener, cinnamon and sea salt. Add heated milk and vanilla to mug; stir or whisk until well-combined and a little frothy. Makes 1 serving.

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