This sugar-free hot cocoa is the perfect treat on a chilly day, and it’s diabetes friendly. Hot chocolate is often packed with sugar and can easily spike your blood sugar. This recipe is great for enjoying a classic warm winter drink, while keeping blood sugars stable.

This hot chocolate is made with cocoa powder, stevia, your milk of choice, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and marshmallows if you want! They should all be easy to find ingredients, and stevia can normally be found in the baking aisle near the sugar if you are having any trouble finding it.

To make this hot cocoa, mix all the ingredients except vanilla, salt, and marshmallows over medium heat in a saucepan. Heat it until it reaches your desired temperature, remove it from the heat, and stir in the vanilla and salt. Serve with marshmallows if you like! You can try adding other flavors in your hot chocolate, such as peppermint extract for a minty cocoa treat! 

Sugar Free Hot Cocoa

This sugar free hot chocolate is perfect on a cold winter day!
5 minutes
Course: Drinks, Kitchen Basics
Keyword: Beverage, Easy, Kid-friendly, Quick
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 1


  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp stevia
  • 1 cup milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • sugar-free marshmallows (optional)


  • Combine the cocoa powder, sugar alternative, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat until well-blended and it reaches your desired temperature.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract (and salt, if using).
  • Serve, topping with marshmallows if desired.

Aside from this sugar free hot cocoa, we have plenty of other diabetes-friendly recipes that can be used as alternatives to other desserts. Check out a few of our favorites below:

If you are wondering about the safety of stevia and other artificial sweeteners, take a look at this blog called Comparisons and Risks of Specific Artificial Sweeteners.

For an in depth look at nutrition for diabetes, check out Mastering Diabetes Nutrition: Your Ultimate Guide to Thriving!

Please let us know what you think of our sugar free hot chocolate recipe in the comments section below.

Blog updated December 2022

Rebecca Bitzer loves to empower Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and their clients.  Co-author of Welcome to the Rebelution: Seven steps to the nutrition counseling practice of your dreams and  Taste the Sweet Rebellion: Rebel against dieting.