This all natural 4-ingredient sugar-free hot cocoa uses honey as a sweetener but doesn’t skimp on flavor. The secret is in the froth!!! Guys. It’s a game changer. All you need is an immersion blender. 

Easy Honey Hot Chocolate for One from The Food Charlatan

The other day Eric felt the back of his head and wondered what it would feel like to be bald. Then Kris (Eric’s mom) told us about her neighbor Sue. One time Sue had guests stay the night, people she didn’t know very well. A lady was sleeping on the couch, and in the middle of the night Sue’s cat licked the same spot on the lady’s head until ALL the hair came off in that spot. Can you imagine waking up to a bald spot on your head…and then realizing that a cat LICKED IT OFF??

I’m going to think of this story every time I think I’m having a bad day. “Well Karen, at least you didn’t wake up to a cat licking your hair off.” Count your blessings.

Easy Honey Hot Chocolate for One from The Food Charlatan

How is Christmas prep going? Are you ready for the big day? I’ve been done shopping for several days (shocker) but still have lots of wrapping to do. Someday I will get this all done ahead of time…but not this year. This year I’m too busy baking 5,000 cookies. Butter Pecans, Gingersnaps, Sour Cream Twists, Macaroons, Spritz…there is basically sugar bursting out of the kitchen.

Easy Honey Hot Chocolate for One from The Food Charlatan

But guess what!!! There is no sugar in this awesome hot chocolate. That’s right my friends, sugar-free hot chocolate that doesn’t suck. Honey ftw!

This recipe is from my sister-in-law Reesy, who likes to make this when she is craving something sweet but doesn’t want to pile on calories. It is rich and simple and satisfies your chocolate cravings (I know you.)

You can use any kind of milk you want. I used whole milk because that’s what I had, but Reesy likes to use almond milk with vanilla. Any kind of milk will do.

Easy Honey Hot Chocolate for One from The Food Charlatan

The secret to making this hot chocolate awesome? FROTH! Whipping it up and making it big and bubbly is what makes this hot chocolate so good, in spite of being low calorie. All you need is an immersion blender! You can blend it right in your mug if you are just serving yourself, or you can throw multiple batches in a saucepan if you are serving a crowd. Blending it whips air into the hot chocolate, making it taste really rich. The splash of vanilla adds just the perfect touch.

Reesy is a graphic designer (who just won the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Award, by the way. She also designed my blog.) Reesy put together this amazing design and I took the photos. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Easy Honey Hot Chocolate for One from The Food Charlatan

Easy Honey Hot Chocolate for One from The Food Charlatan

The master at work.

Easy Honey Hot Chocolate for One from The Food Charlatan

And here’s out that same window. Is it snowing where you are? I’m glad I took this from inside!

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you get some time this week to spend with your families. I also hope you get a chance to remember our Savior, who gave so much for us and continues to light the way. I am so grateful for the peace he brings into my life.

I will be back next week with some easy New Years Eve appetizers! Merry Christmas!

If you make this hot cocoa, snap a photo and share on social using the hashtag #thefoodcharlatan. I’d love to see it!!

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Easy Honey Hot Chocolate For One

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
This 4-ingredient sugar-free hot cocoa uses honey as a sweetener but doesn't skimp on flavor. All you need to make it frothy is an immersion blender!


  • 1 cup milk, any kind*
  • 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 heaping tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Add 1 cup milk to a large mug. Heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until it's very hot.
  • Add cocoa, honey, and vanilla.
  • Use an immersion blender to mix everything together. Blend for 1-2 minutes until it is nice and frothy!
  • It is really easy to double, triple, quadruple this recipe. Heat it in a saucepan until the milk is very hot, follow directions as usual.


*You can use any kind of milk you like: whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc. Reesy likes to use the vanilla almond milk to save on calories (you don't need to add vanilla if you use vanilla-flavored milk).


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Calories: 166
Keyword: chocolate, easy, for, Honey, hot, one
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

Drink this hot cocoa with Christmas cookies!!

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  1. Yes.Very, Very Good! I used powdered honey in the recipe and it worked fine. Also one time I blended all the ingredients together in my blender, then poured the cold mixture into a saucepan to heat up Wonderful recipe and honey powder is a wonderful substitute to sugar …or regular honey.

    1. Powdered honey!! I didn’t even know that was a thing Jeanne! I’m going to have to find some and try it out! So glad you enjoyed the hot chocolate :) Thanks for reviewing!!

  2. Very good recipe, I added a pinch of salt to the hot chocolate and whipped cream on top with extra honey. For people who want to make it less healthy 😂

  3. Finally, a simple hot chocolate recipe – I’m trying this tonite:) Cats, what could be better. One of my younger son’s friends obviously has something about his hair that one of our cats loves; she licks his hair every time he is over – I have no idea why, and didn’t even realize this was a phenomenon among some cats lol. She has not yet licked him any bald spots but now I’ll be watching more closely!

    1. Haha! That is so funny!! Maybe hair has more taste (to cats) than we think?? Weird. Haha. And I just made this hot chocolate again this afternoon for this cold rainy day here. I love it. I hope it warms you up tonight!

  4. I love hot chocolate and now that it’s made with honey I can drink more!! :) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I am definitely going to watch out for any cats when we stay somewhere!

  5. Honey and cocoa are a lovely combination, especially with all that blender froth. I love the design in the cocoa dust, what an awesome idea.

  6. I could definitely use a cup of this right now to go with the last of my Christmas cookies! Looks just perfect. :)

  7. Love the honey/chocolate combo. And the cat licking story! That’s crazy! And I’m in love with the hot cocoa photo your graphic designer friend set up. AMAZING! I will have to figure out something creative to do like that. It’s so beautiful! (p.s. I’m a graphic designer too.)

  8. I love that you used honey in this hot chocolate! I wish I had a cup of this right now. I hope you had a great holiday, Karen!

  9. Who could possibly sleep thru a cat licking your hair off!!! Agh- that is just horrid. The artwork and the chocolate are needed just to revive me from that mental image☕️❄️

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