Rich n’ Creamy Hot Cocoa (Dairy Free)

December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm 7 comments

With all this cold Montana weather, I’ve been craving hot, comforting drinks and dishes to warm me up.

Hot cocoa reminds me of childhood and the instant version that had those tiny, crunchy marshmallows in the packets. I would often sneak a few of the marshmallows before my mom had time to boil the water 🙂 Not sure why I thought those were so delicious…crunchy marshmallows don’t sound as appealing these days, maybe it was the fact that I took a few secretly?

What’s better than drinkable chocolate for a little pick me up?

I’ve been enjoying a cup lately after dinner when I am in my pajamas; I’ve made the plain version and have experimented with add-ins for flavor variations (included below). Whip this recipe up for two or make a large batch and serve this dairy-free hot cocoa at your holiday party or family gathering!

Rich n’ Creamy Hot Cocoa (Dairy Free)


1 cup coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened vanilla or plain non-dairy milk (almond, soy, rice or more coconut milk etc)
pinch of sea salt (it enhances the chocolate flavor, SO good!)

4 oz (about 1/2 cup) of dairy free dark bittersweet chocolate,  grated or finely chopped OR 3-4 oz unsweetened chocolate, grated or chopped plus honey, agave, granulated sweetener and/or stevia to taste

Optional flavor add-ins:

peppermint oil for a mint-chocolate flavor (start with a couple drops & add to taste, it’s strong!)
instant coffee granules for a mocha flavor (I’d say start with 1/2 tsp and add to taste)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon + dash of cayenne for a mexican hot chocolate


1. In a medium saucepan, stir together the coconut and other milk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2. Add the chopped chocolate (and sweetener if using unsweetened) and bring to a simmer again, whisking until the chocolate is dissolved and the mixture has thickened. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and stir.
3. Pour into mugs and enjoy!

Serves 2

Have a fantastic weekend!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  December 18, 2011 at 5:19 am

    This looks so thick and creamy! Unreal! And so, so rich too. Just look at that dark color. Me want! And me wishes that coconut milk wasn’t that high in calories…

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  December 19, 2011 at 5:06 am

      Gotta give it up for the richness of coconut milk for this one 🙂 Love that stuff, and I too wish it wasn’t so caloric as I would probably incorporate one can a day! 🙂

  • 3. Cara  |  December 19, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Mmmmmm, I have been thinking about hot chocolate for the past few days too! It’s probably because the marshmallows need a place to swim 🙂 Question though: Can you taste the coconut milk in this?

    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  December 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      haha yes the marshmallows need a place to swim for sure! I don’t taste the coconut milk much in this since the chocolate has a more powerful flavor than the coconut, but I don’t think canned or cartoned coconut milk is very coconuty either…am I much help?!? 🙂

      • 5. Cara  |  December 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

        As long as I can’t taste the coconut milk (only a fan of coconut if it is in my candy or ice cream) then this helps just fine 🙂 I really want to try this because watery non-dairy hot cocoa is just not cutting it for me. xo

      • 6. naturalnoshing  |  December 20, 2011 at 11:18 am

        Hmmm, hopefully I am steering you in the right direction because I love all things coconut but you could always use more almond milk – I’ve found that the Almond Breeze I use has a bit of tapioca starch in the ingredients and when it’s heated, it acts as a thickener…I wonder if you used all almond milk and added extra tapioca starch if that would produce a creamier result? I’ll have to give it a try…

  • 7. 7 Ingredients for a Healthy Holiday Season « Natural Noshing  |  December 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

    […] from cholesterol as well as lower your blood pressure over time. So join the kids for a cup of my (dairy-free) hot cocoa and drink to your health. This is good news for us chocolate lovers, but eat in moderation of […]


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