How to make low cal healthy hot coco?

So I've read things about using cocoa powder (unsweetened type I use for baking) on boiling water and adding whatever spices you want with. But that tastes horrible. I love dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg, and hate the way a cup of milk is 80 cals. I tried alternating with 1/3 milk 2/3 water, still terrible. Any ideas?
Also tried adding vanilla extract.

7 thoughts on “How to make low cal healthy hot coco?

  1. I assume what you like is the milky sweetness of “drinking chocolate” – which is only a mixture of cocoa powder, milk powder and sugar. So you won’t get the same taste from cocoa powder unless you do add the milk and sugar! Just try to reduce the quantities, though. Maybe you are using too much cocoa powder? It’s very strong. Just try half a teaspoon, and reduce the milk and sugar each time until you’ve got them pretty low. (Spices are neither here nor there.)

  2. Add 1/2 envelope of sugar substitute, like Stevia or Sweet n Low along with your cocoa and spices. Add the rest of the packet if you want it more sweet. (Sugar substitutes taste much sweeter than real sugar.) Try adding 1/4 cup of fat free evaporated milk (50 calories) with the hot water or use one of those brands of low fat or skim milk that acutally look like milk. We eat with our eyes as well as our taste buds, so if your hot cocoa looks creamy, it should taste creamy to you.

    Edit: Farmland Special Reguest Skim Plus Milk is one of the creamy brands of skim milk, but one cup of this milk is 110 calories. One cup of whole milk has 150 calories. One cup of skim milk has 90 calories. If you only have one cup of Hot Cocoa a day and this helps you avoid other sweets, then it is more important that you enjoy than cutting those extra 60 calories. Calorie counts can vary with brands.

  3. You can’t use cocoa powder without a sweetener, it’s inedible. Try honey, molasses, agave, or an artificial sweetener if you like those.

  4. I think that a good lo-cal hot cocoa might include:

    1. Shaved bittersweet or unsweetened dark chocolate
    2. Whole milk
    3. Stevia sweetner to taste
    4. Vanilla
    5. A spinkle of chili powder and cinnamon

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