Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Since the taste of chocolate triggers the release of opiates in the brain, causing release of dopamine, some people choose to avoid it. This recipe is adapted from the one in Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings---And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally by Neal Barnard, M.D., founder of the Physician's Committee For Responsible Medicine (


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Gradually add soy milk to keep mixture smooth.
  3. Heat, stirring often, until hot.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Add a natural sweetener to taste, if desired.
Most Helpful

Oh my this is delicious. I think because I haven't had a hot chocolate since I was a child. DD (toddler) was feeling kind of down with a cold so I thought this wasn't too unhealthy with a few changes to make her happy. She loves it!!! I used carob syrup which doesn't have added sweetner (dibis karoub in Middle Eastern stores) because that is what I had, tapioca starch to be corn free (thickens about the same consistency) We do not do soy so I used evaporated milk with some water added. We try to be dairy free that's why it was canned! I used a wonderful vanilla paste which has vanilla bean in it and no alcohol added and like another reviewer I sweetened ours with honey to be healthier. I also made this higher class by spicing some of it up with Mixed Spice - Traditional Old Fashioned English Pudding Spice. I would make this again when someone who shouldn't have chocolate craves some.

UmmBinat September 16, 2010

great alternative for 3 yr old loves chocolate but i dont want her having it too much especially at bedtime. i omitted the cornstartch, used organic milk, and used 1/2 tsp honey rather than sugar...she loved it. very easy to make; carob is a great alternative to chocolate especially for kids; thanks for sharing this recipe!

jennifer in new jersey October 23, 2006

Great alternative to hot cocoa. A healthy 'chocolate' fix for sure, thank you for posting this!

Plumeseed October 22, 2006