Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate is super simple to make with only four ingredients. A little lighter, but oh so decadent, this Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe will warm you right up.
As soon as the thermometer begins to drop, the leaves fall, and winter creeps in, it means it’s hot chocolate season. And what a wonderful season it is! To celebrate the season, I’m sharing a recipe for Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe. I’ve been making hot chocolate this way for a while now and cannot believe how incredible it tastes, especially for being a lower carb and lower-calorie version. Every time, every single time, I go back to the refrigerator to check to make sure I’m not reading the coconut milk carton wrong. But no, it does have less carbs and calories than regular milk, and it tastes so luscious in hot cocoa.
Why I Like Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
When Starbucks and several other coffee shops started carrying coconut milk as a dairy-free alternative to regular milk a few years ago, I had to try it. It turned out to be a fabulous substitute in a mocha. I don’t really care for the word “substitute” in this case. It sounds negative as if you’re missing out on something by substituting. In this case, with the coconut milk? Nope. Not at all.
Each time I requested a mocha with coconut milk, I thought they botched my order. Instead of mocha with espresso, I thought I was being served a really expensive hot chocolate. But no. It’s just that the coconut milk adds so much richness, and it cuts the bitterness of the coffee. Once, after leaving the drive-thru at Starbucks, my husband, Randy, actually got out of the car and walked in to make sure they didn’t give us both hot chocolates instead of mochas, but they said the drinks were definitely mochas with espresso. Crazy is what it is. Crazy good.
How to Make Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
This Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe is super easy and quick to make. In about 20 minutes, you’ll be sipping this chocolatey goodness. It really is that easy.
- Begin by warming the coconut milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat, then whisk in cocoa powder (I like to use dark cocoa powder), sugar and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. The cocoa powder needs a bit of persuading to mix in. Be patient it will combine.
- Continue to cook until warm throughout.
- If desired, top with fresh whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon, or more cocoa powder. That’s it! Grab a mug and enjoy.
Tips and Toppings for Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
- This recipe calls for refrigerated UNSWEETENED coconut milk that comes in a carton, NOT canned coconut milk.
- Any other type of milk may be substituted in the same amount for coconut milk.
- As mentioned before, combining the cocoa powder takes some patience. Just keep whisking, it will eventually combine. You can also put the cocoa powder in a small cup or bowl, then add a bit of the warmed coconut milk and stir to make a paste, then stir that into the pot of warming goodness.
- While you do not have to add toppings, it is a simple addition that makes hot chocolate a bit fancy. Some topping ideas you can use for this hot chocolate are regular whipped cream or coconut whipped cream (whipped from the creamy part of the canned coconut milk), with a light dusting of ground cinnamon or cocoa powder, or chocolate shavings. Or even a few candy sprinkles (jimmies, hundreds and thousands) would be great on top of the whipped cream.
- Is it warm in your neck of the woods? Serve this Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate over ice or blend it up a make a frozen hot chocolate. Or would that be a frozen cold chocolate? Anyway, whatever you want to call it, I call it good.
More tasty beverages to warm you right up:
- Mocha Coffee Punch
- Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy Recipe
- Mocha Frappe Recipe
- White Hot Chocolate Recipe from Small Town Woman
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe
A delicious but lighter hot chocolate recipe made with coconut milk.
- 4 cups unsweetened coconut milk (refrigerated in a carton)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (adjust sweetness to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Warm coconut milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Whisk in remaining ingredients until thoroughly combined. Continue to cook over medium-low heat until warm throughout.
- Serve topped with fresh whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon.
This recipe calls for refrigerated unsweetened coconut milk, the kind that comes in a carton in the milk section. NOT canned coconut milk.
I like to buy coconut milk and almond milk that is Carrageenan-free. I don’t know about all the studies on it, but I can usually find it without it so that’s what I get.
Whisking the cocoa powder is a bit of a pain, but it will definitely eventually combine. Another trick is to add a bit of warmed coconut milk to the cocoa powder and stir to make a paste-like combo, then add that into the warming coconut milk.
Any other milk can be used as a substitute in the same amount.
OK. I never buy coconut milk, but I did this last grocery run and I have some that needs to be used up. I’m making this tonight!
Definitely all over this! So delicious!
Love the lighter version! And another great way to incorporate coconut milk. We’re still in hot chocolate season around here…Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate it is. Yum!
I hope it warms you and your boys right up! Let me know how you like it. I’d love to know if it’s just my imagination that it’s even better than regular milk.
Using coconut milk is such a great idea! I will be trying this for sure!
I wish we could share a mug or two!
I love your recipe, Amy! I was never a big fan of hot chocolate, but I’ve been making it quite a lot lately and will definitely try your version, it seems too irresistible!
I hope you enjoy it, Amaryllis!
Usually, after I drink hot chocolate, I have severe stomach cramps. This sounds as if it would be great for those who are lactose intolerant.
I prefer this over the traditional hot chocolate recipes.
Oh my. This looks delicious.. Thank you for sharing this Amy and have blessed 2016!
Oh my! This sounds wonderful! Tip: whisk the cocoa powder and sugar together before adding liquid. This will help the cocoa powder dissolve faster with no clumping.
I’m going to try this. I often use the Silk almond milk that has 40 calories, but I bet the coconut milk is even better. And best of all, I can sub stevia or xylitol for the sugar, and my diabetic hubby can have it! Yay!
This was perfect! Not too heavy and just enough to get my chocolate fix in. My three year old is enjoying it as I type. I should say that the store only had unsweetened vanilla coconut milk so I did change that. So worth it. Thanks for our new go-to coco recipe!
Yay, Meg! I need to make a batch tonight.
How many servings does this make?
I found your “Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate” through a Google search b/c I’ve made coconut milk my only “milk” due to food sensitivities. I was delighted to find your recipe b/c I LOVE hot chocolate and wasn’t sure how I was going to have it. I made a batch w/out the cinnamon and it was delicious and plan to make some momentarily. I’ve also added the “cream” from a small can of coconut milk and it’s the BOMB! No, it’s not low fat, but I don’t have it often and it bumps up the creaminess factor.
FYI – I’m a die-hard Starbucks lite ice Mocha fan and was delighted when they started to offer coconut milk since both almond and soy milk are “no-nos” for me. I avoid carrageenan too. I asked to see the ingredients of their coconut milk and guess what? It has carrageenan in it! 🙁 In my reading, it’s added to give the thicker, creamier “mouth feel” of whole milk. It’s added to a lot of non-dairy items too. Anyway, I thought you should know. Since I get a mocha from them about once a week, I don’t worry about it, but I thought you should know. Off to make a batch!
a nice tweak to the traditional version and great timing for very cold temps, thank you!
Oh gosh, hot chocolate and one of my favourite polish pottery 🙂
I was desperate to have some hot chocolate but since the diary in the regular milk messed around with my sinuses, I just had to stop.
I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND YOUR RECIPE FOR COCONUT MILK!!!
Since I live on a small island, coconut milk in the carton is not available. Do you think I will get the same results if I use fresh coconut milk?
Karla, I’m not sure, but let me know if you try it.
I find the percentage of fat per 100ml varies frim brand to brand. The one I buy locally is Atoy-D, it has 19g of fat per 100ml hardly low fat but I think it out with water. How many grams of fat per 100ml is in the brand you use? Thanks, John
This look delicious, I love dark chocolate, I am excited to try this one. Thanks fo the recipe.