This hot chocolate with coconut milk is just what you need to warm up on a chilly day. Made vegan and dairy free with coconut milk, real cacao, and coconut sugar. It's actually thick and creamy, full of deep chocolate flavor, and non dairy. It's the coziness in a mug you'll want to sip on all winter long!
As chocolate's number 1 fan-girl, nothing sounds better than sipping on a warm cup of hot chocolate on a brisk chilly day. But not just any hot chocolate, thick, creamy, swoon-worthy hot chocolate.
Which is exactly what we have here! This coconut milk hot chocolate is actually thick and not watered down like the typical dairy free hot chocolate. The coconut milk works like whole milk in traditional hot chocolate in that is has a creamy consistency with some added fat to make it decadent treat. Trust me, after this homemade hot chocolate, you'll never go back to those packets of hot cocoa mix again.
This hot chocolate only requires a few simple dairy-free pantry staples. It's probably the best part about this recipe! You can go from craving to a warm cup in hand in no time!
- Canned coconut milk - Light lower fat coconut milk works best but you can also use full-fat coconut milk if you prefer your hot chocolate on the thicker side. No, there will not be a strong coconut flavor.
- Almond milk - This adds some bulk to the hot chocolate. The combination of almond milk and coconut milk provide the perfect mount of creaminess. Any non-dairy milk will work - almond, oat, etc. Make sure it's unsweetened as we will sweeten it ourselves.
- Coconut Sugar - To sweeten. If you like your hot chocolate a little more sweet, add an additional tablespoon until you reach your desired sweetness. Substitute with brown sugar or cane sugar if needed.
- Cacao Powder - Used to add the chocolate flavor. Make sure to use high-quality cacao powder. This one is my favorite and provides some serious dark chocolate flavor.
- Nut butter - This is what ensures a super creamy texture. Any nut butter will work, just make sure it's the creamy-style.
Step by step directions
Guys, this recipe is incredibly easy to make and only requires one pot. Probably a blessing and a curse at the same time.
- First, heat coconut milk, nut milk, and coconut sugar in a small saucepan or pot over medium-high heat until it reaches a simmer.
- Once simmering, whisk in the cacao powder, vanilla, and nut butter. Stir until the cacao is completely incorporated and the mixture is thick and creamy.
- Then, pour into mugs and top with toasted marshmallows and extra chocolate shavings if desired.
There are endless topping possibilities when it comes to hot chocolate. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Marshmallows - You can't go wrong with the classic. Use mini marshmallows or the jumbo sized ones for a little something extra.
- Chocolate chips or shavings - If you need even more chocolate flavor in your cup, add a sprinkle of chopped chocolate on top 😉
- Peppermint - For some added holiday cheer, add a candy cane or peppermint stick to the mug.
- Whipped cream - Another classic hot chocolate topping. Use coconut whipped cream to make this dairy free.
- Cayenne - If you want to add a nice kick to the drink, whisk in a pinch of cayenne to the pot.
Here are some quick and easy tips to make sure your hot chocolate hits the spot every time!
- Make sure to use high-quality coconut milk. Unfortunately, all coconut milk is not created equal. You want to use a coconut milk that has a nice thin layer of cream on top. Light coconut milk works best for this recipe. My favorite tried and true brands are Thai Kitchen, Native Forest, and Whole Foods.
- Whisk well. To ensure the cacao powder is fully incorporated, you'll need to whisk well until the texture is smooth.
- Don't skip the nut butter. I know it may sound weird, but it adds a subtle creaminess to the hot chocolate.
Frequently asked questions
I find coconut milk to be the best alternative. It has a higher fat content than most other dairy free milks which ensures a creamy consistency.
My favorite non dairy chocolate is Enjoy Life.
No, unfortunately Nestle's hot chocolate mix does contain dairy ingredients.
This is a matter of personal preference. I prefer hot chocolate made with milk which makes it creamy. When it's made with water, it's thinner and you lose some of the chocolate flavor.
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Super Creamy Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk
- 1 cup coconut milk - light
- 2 cups unsweetened nut milk - (I used almond)
- 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp creamy nut butter - (I used cashew)
- Optional toppings - toasted marshmallows, chopped chocolate, cinnamon, etc.
- Heat the coconut milk, nut milk, and coconut sugar in a pot on the stove over medium heat until it reaches a simmer.
- Add the cacao powder, vanilla, and nut butter and whisk to incorporate.
- Pour into mugs while warm, top with desired toppings, and enjoy!