The temperatures are dropping, snow is falling, and Thanksgiving has come and gone…which can only mean one thing…Christmas season is HERE! There are so many wonderful things about this time of the year, the lights, the smells, the love in in the air. I just adore it! And absolutely nothing beats coming inside after playing in the snow, curling up with a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa and watching a Christmas movie!
This Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate is no joke. Only serious chocolate lovers should keep reading this post, because it truly is a chocolatey dream come true. Ultra-rich, insanely thick, and so creamy you won’t believe it. Plus, this dreamy drink is vegan and paleo-friendly! So even my dairy-avoiding friends can enjoy the goodness of the holiday season!
This dairy-free hot chocolate is made on the stovetop in 15 minutes flat! After an afternoon of building snowmen, you can have a batch ready to go before your kids get all of their snow gear off! 😉 Add some toasted marshmallows and cozy up with a warm mug of cocoa bliss.
This recipe makes enough dairy-free hot chocolate for up to four people. I make a batch for my family and all four of us (because Naomi is a bit too little to drink hot chocolate) have plenty to enjoy!
As written, this recipe results in an extra-dark hot cocoa. There are a few substitutions you can make to adjust the sweetness and chocolate intensity to cater to your family’s tastes!
Notes on Substitutions:
Full-fat coconut milk: You can substitute regular whole milk if you do not need a dairy-free option. I do not recommend using almond milk because it is much less creamy than coconut milk. The creamier the milk you choose, the better your hot cocoa will be.
Chopped Chocolate: Any chocolate will do here (chips or a chopped bar), of any cocoa content. I use 70% dark chocolate because to me, darker is better! However my husband and kids prefer when I use milk chocolate. No matter how what you use you really can’t go wrong as long as you choose a high-quality chocolate!
Granulated sugar: You can play with the amount and type of sugar used in this recipe. I use 3 TBS of regular granulated sugar, which produces a super-dark dairy-free hot chocolate. If you want it sweeter use 4 TBS. If you are looking for a paleo version use coconut sugar!
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: The only adjustment to make here is the amount. I use a full 1 TBS of cocoa powder to make a super dark, rich dairy-free hot cocoa! You can adjust the amount to your tastes!
- 1 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk
- 3 oz (6 TBS) bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
- 3-4 TBS granulated sugar*
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- ½ to 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder**
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Add coconut milk and chocolate to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted.
- Add sugar, salt and cocoa powder and whisk until completely combined.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Cover and cook on low heat for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let cocoa sit (covered) for 5 minutes before serving to thicken.
*If you like sweeter hot cocoa, use 4 TBS of sugar. Use coconut sugar for a paleo option. *If you like sweeter hot cocoa, use ½ TBS cocoa powder.
I absolutely love December. I am so excited to enjoy all the fun festivities this time of year brings! Everyone needs a stellar hot chocolate recipe in their arsenal…and this one is IT! So easily adaptable to fit any dietary need or taste, ready in minutes and super delicious!
Is hot chocolate an essential part of your Christmas celebrations? Have you tried making your own?
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