Growing up in Kentucky, the winters were long and seriously cold. The bonus was having loads of snow days off from school, playing outside and coming in to hot cups of cocoa. I still remember the Hershey’s can of powder sitting on the counter as I sipped away warm and comforted.

There aren’t many cold days in LA, but when they do come around cocoa is one of the first things I crave. I make it a point to not give Kenya sugar or chocolate, but I’m also not an advocate of total deprivation. I feel like kids need to be kids and experience things like hot chocolate now and again. You should have seen Kenya’s face when I presented him with his own mini-mug of it with 3 tiny marshmallows on top. To say he loved it would be an understatement.

My version is slightly “healthier,” substituting agave for sugar, but you could also add honey or any other healthy sweetener you enjoy. Sharing a cup with your little one will bring back so many fun memories of your own childhood, sipping away on a chilly winter day. This is a treat not to be missed.


Wee One's Hot Chocolate

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Servings: 2
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes



  • Bring the milk to a near boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer.
  • Whisk in the cocoa and agave until throughly combined.
  • Serve.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Delish! I’ve never had agave before, but I think I like it better than honey. I also love to use soy milk for hot cocoa bc I think it really brings out the chocolate taste. After I had my son I drank hot chocolate like crazy, while in the hospital. It wasn’t until about a week after I got home that I realized the mix I was so in love with had (*gulp*) aspartame! As a nursing mom that did not sit well with me at all, even if I wasn’t nursing it wouldn’t sit well with me. While I did find a mix without dreaded chemical sweeteners, it was Nestle & I’ve been hearing some bad stories about them. So to have something that smells and tastes even better makes me a happy mom & can’t wait until my son is old enough to have some. 🙂

  2. When you say to use Chocolate Cocoa do you mean cocoa powder(the unsweetened stuff) or do you mean hot cocoa mix/chocolate milk powder(already sweetened)? Thanks!

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