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Hot Cocoa – Lactose Free


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Lactose-Free Hot Cocoa

If you think hot cocoa comes in individual packets with hard little nuggets that are supposed to be mini marshmallows – then this recipe will be a revelation. When we want decadence, we make our Parisian-style Hot Chocolate.

We also have a Mint Hot Chocolate, FYI!

When the kids come in from sledding or skiing and want something sweet and hot, we turn to this recipe for hot cocoa. It is rich, but not too rich, just sweet enough, quick to make and economical.

hot cocoa

Hot Cocoa is Made with Cocoa Powder!

No surprise, right? Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder. But we actually see recipes for hot cocoa and hot chocolate all the time that do not contain their namesake.

Here at FODMAP Everyday® we keep our hot chocolate and hot cocoa recipes pure. One is not better than the other – they are just different and should be celebrated for their individuality.

Want something a little lighter and more kid-friendly? Make this Hot Cocoa. Want something to satisfy a very adult bittersweet chocolate craving? Make our Hot Chocolate.

hot cocoa in a decorative porcelain cup

So, for this recipe you need a good quality natural cocoa. Read All About Cocoa for more cocoa-related information.

With a little sugar and milk, you will be on your way to the best-ever hot cocoa that could never be matched by the pre-packaged stuff – and ours takes only 5 minutes to make!

You CAN Have Marshmallows!

Are you wondering if you can float a marshmallow on top of your hot cocoa? YOU CAN! There are marshmallows that are low FODMAP and our Candy Ingredient article will teach you how to read labels to make sure that you are choosing low FODMAP ones.

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Hot Cocoa

Make low FODMAP Hot Cocoa with lactose-free milk and high quality cocoa powder.

Makes: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 2 tablespoons sifted natural cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups (480 ml) lactose-free whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar and a little it of milk in a saucepan until smooth, then whisk in remaining milk. Bring just to a simmer over low-medium heat, whisking occasionally until piping hot. Whisk in vanilla, divide into cups and serve.
  2. This cocoa is best if enjoyed right after preparing.



  • You could double the cocoa and sugar and it would still be low FODMAP, but we like this hot cocoa a little lighter as it is. If you want something more intense, try our Hot Chocolate.
  • Make a minty version substituting peppermint extract for the vanilla.
  • You can make this with unsweetened almond milk.

If You Can Tolerate

  • Lactose: If you have passed the lactose challenge, feel free to use regular milk.


Course: Beverage, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 9g

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.