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White Hot Chocolate


Brew up a cup of this rich and creamy White Hot Chocolate made with real raw cacao butter and relax by the fire.

I’ve wanted to create a White Hot Chocolate recipe for just about as long as I can remember. When bought at a coffee shop or elsewhere, White Hot Chocolate is generally one of those uber sweet drinks made with far more sugar than my system can handle.

After creating a bunch of Paleo Christmas Cookie recipes this past month I’m all baked out and I’m ready for easy dessert recipes that are also not quite as sweet. When I make White Hot Chocolate for myself I omit the honey from the recipe; for the boys I leave it, as they want their treats sweet. Making homemade hot chocolate is so easy that even my boys have been doing it for years; another one of our favorite recipes is for Mexican Hot Chocolate –it will seriously warm you up with its spicy goodness.

White Hot Chocolate


  1. In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer
  3. Continue simmering until cacao butter is melted
  4. In very small batches, blend in a vitamix
  5. Serve frothy whipped White Hot Chocolate in mugs
  6. Enjoy

Makes 2 servings

Lately I’ve also been working on a white chocolate recipe sweetened with stevia alone. I’ve made it several times and it’s turned out just ok –nothing post worthy yet.

If you’re still looking for something on the sweet side to prepare for New Year’s Eve, here are my best chocolate recipes:


posted on December 28, 2013, 33 comments

  1. Karen

    Please consider alternatives to stevia. I react horribly to it and it seems that every paleo author thinks stevia is the be all end all. In reality, that may have been an option for a limited population during one part of the year, but it was not a viable option for sweeteners for paleolithic man.

    • Sonia M.

      I also always avoid stevia because I have a weird reaction to it. I simply replace it with some honey or maple syrup (or powdered maple sugar, coconut sugar….) I’ve even added a chopped date to a blended drink or half a mashed banana. It does help that I don’t like overly sweet anything – except when I have a craving for caramel.

      A lot of people just *love* stevia – not just people who follow the paleo diet. If it works for them, good for them! I prefer to skip it.

    • karina @ n/a

      I have to admit I have been a stevia fan for years, but my husband hates it. I recently discovered “Just Like Sugar Table Top” chicory fiber and it has revolutionized my holiday baking. I cannot tolerate caloric sweeteners at all. I learned about it from the Paleo Desserts book. It is spendy ($18/lb at Vitacost) but I find that as someone who has been mostly sugar (and honey/maple syrup/agave/rice syrup etc.) free for 15+ years I can use much less than recommended amounts because my tastebuds are adapted to less sweetness. I put 1/4 cup in my pumpkin pie, for example. It is obviously a processed food but my very sensitive body does not find it harmful and it is certainly better than a lot of things I could be eating this time of year! I think it is a great sweetener for occasional use for those who have a hard time being completely deprived of dessert-like things.

    • Loni

      To each their own. I take ingredients as suggestions. My sensitivities and yours are likely very different. Asking Elana to change what she posts (for FREE mind you) is like asking a host to change what she’s cooking when she invites you over.

  2. Gail

    I agree Karen,do not like stevia at all !!!
    I use local raw honey, wonderful ! To taste…..& I never heat it , heat destroys
    all good enzymes. I also like organic maple syrup, only sweeteners I use

  3. BeachyMum

    Mmm…can’t wait to try it! Our family uses your cookbooks all the time…some recipes have become ‘classics’ in the household!

    Sweeteners are just like anything else..people who cook/bake tend to adapt to their preferences. I’m grateful that you give us so many great recipes to work from. Happy New Year!

  4. Christine

    Thanks for this recipe! We were out at a restaurant last night and there was a peppermint white hot chocolate on the menu, we skipped it as I am fairly certain it would have been a big sugar bomb but now we will make ours at home.

    Will try your recipe first and then experiment with adding peppermint.

    Thanks Elana.

    Happy Holidays!

  5. Suzanne

    I don’t own a Vitamix. Can this be blended in a regular blender?

  6. Loni

    I’m so glad to hear someone else is working on white chocolate. I’ve tried two different recipes, but no luck yet. I’d love one sweetened with only stevia… I’ll keep my ears open for your successful recipe!

  7. Stacey

    I really appreciate the recipes that require only stevia since my body does not react well to any kind of sweeteners at all, natural or not. I am not even able to tolerate dates, as it is too much sugar for me.

  8. Susan Cataldo

    Been using stevia for years! I have celiac and have digestion issues also. Love stevia, have grown it. No health risks that I have found_!

  9. D @ The Kosher Cave Girl @ thekoshercavegirl.com

    I cannot tell you how happy I am that you created this recipe. I have missed white hot chocolate so much.

  10. Carey Huyser @ thebutternutbeat.com

    I might have to just get some cacao butter finally. I have wanted to for a long time because I keep seeing it in yummy recipes, and here it is again! I appreciate your recipes so much!

  11. Judith

    Oh fun! I have been wanting cocoa lately – this will be a much more festive alternative! Thanks for the idea!

  12. Hi Elana! I wanted to find raw cacao butter but didn’t know where to buy it. Thanks for the tip :) Happy new year and I can’t wait to try your white hot chocolate!

  13. Yes! I am making this TONIGHT!

    (and Le Crueset has mugs?? Such joy!)


  14. Cate @ Chez CateyLou @ chezcateylou.com

    Oooh, this sounds so comforting and looks delicious! I want a mug right now on this freezing night!

  15. Jennifer B.

    A friend and I made this today and it’s delicious. We left out the tablespoon of honey and didn’t miss it. I forgot to blend it for frothiness sake, so I have that to look forward to next time (in like 15 minutes).

  16. Judith

    Just made this, no honey, but added cinnamon and nutmeg. Yummy. The
    peppedmint suggestion sounds great, I will have to try it next. Thanks so much!

  17. lisa

    Made this today and it was delicious! It came out fine using a regular blender and frothed up beautifully! Love this recipe!

  18. Oh wow. This sounds absolutely divine! I bet a spoonful of sunbutter stirred into this would be reminiscient of the Reese’s white chocolate Christmas trees I used to love so much…

  19. Denise

    The cacao butter is packaged at a facility that also packages wheat. It is not listed as gluten free. Is this still safe for those with celiac disease?

  20. how did you know that i’ve been poking for a white hot chocolate recipe?? i want this next year at Christmas with a few drops of peppermint…. yum!

  21. Melissa

    Can I say amazing! Made this last night and loved it. Made again tonight except this time I doubled the honey and stevia (bad I know, but oh so good) and added a few drops of mint extract. I also added some homemade marshmallows (made from Urban Poser’s recipe). Thank you, thank you, thank you. First blogger I ever followed and still my favorite!

  22. Holly

    This was delicious. I made it exactly as directed, except I shook it in a blender bottle since my blender was in the dishwasher. Highly recommend!

  23. Sara

    Hi everyone…
    Has anyone tried making these recipes using a traditional blender? I currently do not own the vitamixand have heard fantastic reviews of them. I’m wondering how a blender would stack up to the vitamix when it comes down to cloves and other ingredients. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

  24. lauren

    Whaaaaat this was INCREDIBLE!!!! I will haveto find a better source for the cacao butter.. $5.69 for the amount for this recipe alone. But seriously, the most delicious hot chocolate I’ve ever had and by far the most nutritious. I topped this baby off with some gluten free, vegan, gelatin free mallows. MmMmM!

  25. sarah.gommer @ mcsportnahrung.de

    Wow its amazing. I made it last Day, it was so cold outside, 1°C, and drunk some from your Drinks and it get be warm inside. Thanks for this

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