Starbucks Hot Chocolate Made Skinny

A piping hot cup of chocolate is delightfully nostalgic. Starbucks makes a really yummy, decadent drink but it’s loaded with calories. I usually get the one made with fat-free milk and no whipped cream. But it still has 32 grams of sugar. Except for the sugar found in fat-free milk, I’m not adding any sugar to my skinny hot chocolate and it still tastes fantastic! Each 12 oz serving has 131 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 5 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 5 Green. Enjoy every sweet, chocolatey, dreamy sip!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes


1 cup fat-free milk

1 tablespoon instant nonfat dry milk, see food facts

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder (choose a good quality one like Ghirardelli, Droste, or Scharffen Berger)

2 teaspoons Truvia, Splenda, or Equal (~3 packages)

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. In a small pot, add all the ingredients. Using a whisk or spoon, stir together while heating over medium heat. Continue to mix while heating. Don’t worry if there are still a few little clumps of cocoa, they will be dissolved in the blender.

2. Once hot, pour into blender and whip for 20 seconds. This makes it frothy good!

Make 1 (12-ounce) serving.

Food Facts
Instant nonfat dry milk can be found in most supermarkets. It’s made completely from dairy, so it’s well-suited as drinking milk but is shelf-stable. It dissolves instantly in liquid. Instant milk has a good amount of both calcium and protein.

Since this hot chocolate is made with fat-free milk, adding a little instant nonfat dry milk truly makes it taste richer.

Serving Tips
This also makes a delicious, cold chocolate drink. Chill in the refrigerator or add a few ice cubes.

WW SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints 5-Green


SKINNY FACTS: for 1 (12-ounce) serving.
131 calories, 3g fat, 2g sat. fat, 5mg chol, 12g protein, 22g carbs, 2g fiber, 134mg sod, 16g sugar
For 1 Starbucks 12 ounce (tall) hot chocolate made with fat-free milk
190 calories, 2g fat, 5mg chol. 11g protein, 37g carbs, 1g fiber, 110mg sod, 32g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!