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Easy Chocolate Gravy

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Classic, quick, easy, Southern chocolate gravy recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Ready in 15 minutes. Rich, creamy and smooth. Great with biscuits!

What is more comforting than Southern style biscuits and gravy? Ever had a chocolate version? If not, you’re in for a treat. With a rich, creamy, velvety smooth taste and texture, this will bring warmth every bite just like my Easy Chocolate Fondue and Chocolate Fruit Dip.

Green Plate with Homemade Biscuits, Covered in Chocolate Gravy

What is chocolate gravy?

It’s a sweet gravy that’s made with butter, flour, cocoa powder and a good amount of sugar. It’s very popular in Southern United States and is typically served for breakfast on Sunday mornings.

How to make chocolate gravy and biscuits from scratch?

  1. Add dry ingredients in saucepan– Mix together cocoa powder, flour and sugar.
  2. Add milk– And whisk everything together until mixture has is thickened to a “gravy-like” consistently.
  3. Remove from heat– And add butter and vanilla.
  4. Enjoy! Spoon the gravy over warm biscuits and dig in!

What to serve with Southern chocolate gravy recipe?

It’s typically served over warm buttermilk biscuits.

You can obviously get creative and use it as a topping in breakfast. Try it over pancakes, waffles, crepes and french toast. Try these: Chocolate Chip Pancakes or Pancake Muffins) and Cake Mix Chocolate Waffles and Crepes and even French Toast Sticks.

It’s also delicious over ice cream and sundaes.

Serve it as a dip with fresh fruits.

It’s also an amazing topping on cakes and cupcakes. Try it on this Waffle Cake or this Honey Cake.

Easy Chocolate Gravy in Black Nonstick Saucepan


Use a different cocoa powder– Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder would give this recipe a very dark chocolate flavor.

Add nut butters– Mix in some smooth peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter or even Nutella to give a nutty flavor.

Use non-dairy milk– Such as almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk instead of whole milk. The overall flavor and texture would be different, based on your milk choice.

Make it gluten-free– Replace all-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1:1 flour blend.

Give it a spicy kick– Add some cinnamon powder or even a small amount of cayenne pepper to give a hint of heat.

Add some zest– Such as orange zest to give a subtle citrus flavor.

Use other extracts– Such as orange, mint, coconut or almond extract.

Vegan version– Along with using non-dairy milk, use vegan butter instead of regular butter. The texture will be different though.


Refrigerate- In a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze– This cannot be frozen as it does not thaw well and can separate.

Reheat– This can be reheated in the microwave or stovetop with a splash of milk.

Fork With Bite of Biscuit Covered in Chocolate Gravy on Green Plate

Tips and Techniques

Whisk constantly– This will help the gravy become super smooth and prevent the formation of any lumps.

Why is my gravy too runny? Too much milk was added. Continue cooking over heat until excess liquid is evaporated/ reduced.

Why is my gravy too thick? Too much flour may have been added. Add some more milk and mix until the gravy becomes smooth.

Use unsalted butter– Because that prevents this gravy from becoming too salty.

Do not use sweetened cocoa powder– That’s because sugar will be added separately and if you use sweetened cocoa powder, it will make the gravy too sweet.

Can corn starch be used instead of flour? It can be used but flour tastes better.

Sift all dry ingredients– That’s because it mixes together smoothly and prevents formation of lumps.

Use nonstick pot- Because this prevents sticking and burning.

Use whole milk- For the richest and creamiest results.

Granulated sugar vs. Brown sugar- Traditionally, granulated sugar is used but brown sugar can be used instead or a combination of both sugars can be used. Do not replace sugars with honey or syrups though.

Can you make gravy with self-rising flour? No, because it alters the overall consistency. You must use all-purpose flour.

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Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits on Green Plate

Chocolate Gravy

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Classic, Southern, quick, easy chocolate gravy recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Ready in 15 minutes. Rich, creamy and smooth. Great with biscuits!

Servings: 2 Cups
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade chocolate gravy
Calories: 962 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 cups Milk Whole
  • 1 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 8-10 Buttermilk biscuits Homemade or Store-bought


  1. In a nonstick saucepan, mix together cocoa powder, flour, sugar.

  2. Pour milk and whisk everything together over medium heat. 

  3. Continue cooking while whisking constantly until mixture is thickened to a “gravy-like” consistency.

  4. Remove from heat and mix in butter and vanilla extract. 

  5. Spoon this gravy over warm biscuits. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave or stovetop with a splash of milk. 
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 962 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 1177mg49%
Potassium 728mg21%
Carbohydrates 154g51%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 92g102%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 573IU11%
Calcium 342mg34%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Until next time, tata my lovelies.

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