Rich Low-FODMAP Hot Chocolate / Hot Cocoa Recipe; Gluten-free, Vegan

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Its officially winter, and I love to cozy up by the fire with a cup of low-FODMAP hot chocolate.  This recipe is so easy, rich and satisfying.  What a treat!

You can turn it into a low-FODMAP peppermint cocoa, low-FODMAP caramel cocoa, low-FODMAP almond cocoa, low-FODMAP cinnamon cocoa or low-FODMAP hazelnut cocoa also!  Simply substitute the vanilla extract in the recipe for one of those flavoring extracts.  So simple to change it around for anyone in the family.

I love my low-FODMAP hot chocolate with low-FODMAP coconut whipped cream, but you can enjoy it by itself (classic choice), or top with some marshmallows!

Check out my blog for more low-FODMAP recipes.  We have over 300 more low-FODMAP recipes.

Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD

Rich Low-FODMAP Hot Chocolate Recipe; Hot Cocoa; Gluten-free, Vegan

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves: 1, recipe multiplies easily

Prep time: 10 minutes

Optional equipment: blender or immersion blender


  • 1 cup low-FODMAP milk (unsweetened or vanilla flavored almond milk for vegan version), lactose-free milk for dairy version
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (titrate to taste), or low-FODMAP sweetener of choice (can use maple syrup, artificial sweetener such as sucralose, aspartame or stevia)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • for other flavors try peppermint, caramel, hazelnut, almond, cinnamon, coffee extracts
    • depending on the potency of your extract, may only need a few drops.  Add slowly to taste
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional garnish:  dusted cocoa, cinnamon, low-FODMAP coconut whipped cream, mini-marshmallows (check ingredients, some brands may not be low-FODMAP and/or vegan)


  • Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved and it is hot
    • I have also done this step in the microwave, on high for about 2 minutes, stirring halfway through
  • Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and serve immediately
  • Optional- if you like it frothy, blend it in the blender, or use immersion blender
  • Garnish with your choice of toppings
  • Enjoy by the fire, or with my one of my favorite Happy Bars.. when its cold outside, its nice to be warm inside!

Comments Rating 5 (2 reviews)

6 Responses

  1. Exactly what I was looking for!

    I didn’t realize how much I missed hot cocoa until pinterest showed me a link to a low fodmap recipe for it. Unfortunately it didn’t quite do the trick, and I was a little bummed until I got the idea to check here for one. This is exactly what I was craving and hit the spot perfectly!! I used almond milk and vanilla extract, and topped with a couple of mini marshmallows. Thank you!! Just what I needed while we have this cold snap!

    1. Hi CRS!
      Love hearing from you 🙂
      We hope you ALWAYS try our blog first from now on!! If we don’t have a recipe you are hoping for, then reach out and let us know.
      Have a great day!

  2. Debbie K

    Needed something hot to sip for a sore throat. This hit the spot!
    I used rice drink & vanilla. Next time will add coffee extract.

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