This coconut milk hot chocolate recipe is as simple as it is soothing. It's also rich, creamy, delicious, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, and adult-approved.
This simple coconut milk hot chocolate recipe can be made with either cacao or cocoa powder and full-fat coconut milk. It calls for just a touch of natural sweetener, whether you prefer honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. (The recipe also calls for ground cashews to thicken the hot chocolate although truth be told we’ve made it without, and it’s equally lovely.) The taste is rich, creamy, and divine and natch, it contains none of the nasty preservatives or refined sweeteners in those packets of instant hot cocoa powder.–Renee Schettler Rossi
What's The Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa Powder?
This coconut milk hot chocolate recipe lists cacao powder or cocoa powder as ingredients. What’s the difference? Cacao powder is made from raw or very minimally processed cocoa beans whereas cocoa powder is essentially cacao powder that’s been roasted. Anyone looking to justify a hot chocolate fix should be aware that more antioxidants and beneficial enzymes remain intact in cacao powder whereas in cocoa powder the high temperatures in the processing can destroy these to an extent. You can swap cacao powder for natural processed cocoa powder in almost any recipe.
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 4 H
- Serves 2
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup raw cashews (optional)
- 1 3/4 cups full-fat canned coconut milk (from a 13 1/2-ounce can)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or natural processed cocoa powder, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 tablespoon raw honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup, or more to taste
- 1. If using the cashews, soak them in enough filtered water to cover for a few hours. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
- 2. Throw everything into a blender and process until you have a smooth liquid.
- 3. Strain the liquid into a saucepan and place over gentle heat until it’s warmed through. If you used cashews, the hot chocolate will become quite thick as it warms. If desired, add a little water until you reach the desired consistency.)
- 4. Remove from the heat, taste, and add more honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup, if desired. Divvy the coconut milk hot chocolate between a couple mugs or cups and sprinkle with a little cacao or cocoa just before serving.
- How to Fancy Up Your Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
- If straight hot chocolate isn’t fancy enough for you, toss any of the following into the blender along with everything else:
Pinch ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
Pinch of chile powder and a pinch of cinnamon
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