Lactose-Free Hot Chocolate

Number of Servings: 1

This hot chocolate recipe uses lactose-free milk, so your no-lacto friends can have a yummy winter, too. It’s made with dark chocolate chips, vanilla and powdered sugar for a refined flavor that’s so much more than just a hot cup of chocolate. It’s easy to make—just 3 steps. Your lactose-intolerant chums will appreciate you looking out.

Lactose-free cow’s milk in general can be a real game-changer. You get the same nutrients as regular milk—calcium, protein, vitamin B and more—and it even tastes a little bit sweeter. Sub it into any recipe that calls for milk and still have all your favorites. Rejoice, lactose-intolerant folks! Go forth and enjoy real milk.


  • 1 cup 2% lactose-free milk
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Optional Toppings:
  • Marshmallows
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup


In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat, stirring frequently.

When steaming, reduce heat to low. Add chocolate chips, vanilla extract and powdered sugar, and continue to whisk until smooth and melted.

Pour into a mug and serve immediately with desired toppings or as is.

Approved by the Michigan Dairy Market Program Committee.