This coconut milk hot chocolate recipe is rich, creamy, delicious, paleo, dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, adult-approved, and as simple to make as it is soothing to sip.
This simple coconut milk hot chocolate is rich, creamy, and pretty much divine. And it contains none of the nasty preservatives or refined sweeteners in those packets of instant hot cocoa powder. It calls for just a touch of natural sweetener, whether you prefer honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup, which means it’s not only dairy-free and vegan but paleo. (We can almost hear you paleo folks whoop and holler!) Originally published January 8, 2016.–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)
- Filtered water (if using cashews)
- 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, place them in a bowl and add enough filtered water to cover for a few hours. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
- 2. Toss all the ingredients in 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 completely warmed through. If using 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 the pan from the heat, taste, and, if desired, add a smidgen more honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup. Divvy the coconut milk hot chocolate between a couple mugs or cups. You can sprinkle it with a little cacao or cocoa just before serving if you want to be all fancy about things.
- 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