Dairy free Coconut Milk Peppermint Hot Chocolate – insanely rich & decadent hot chocolate perfect for warming up on cold winter nights! | Gluten Free + Vegan + Paleo
Originally published: December 9, 2015. Recipe updated with new pictures and more detailed instructions December 12, 2018
It is, without a doubt, hot chocolate season here in our little part of the world. I’m talking hat, scarves, boots – everything!
And to think last week Mike & I were still in Arizona leaving the house in t-shirts thinking that felt a bit chilly at times. Ha!
That being said – it’s time to lean right on in to the cozy vibes and warm up with a cup of the richest, creamiest dairy free peppermint hot chocolate. Let’s get to it!
Now, I realise that there are only five million or so recipes to be found online for hot chocolate, but let’s all agree that you can never have too many recipes for such a winter classic.
Sure you can buy your own premixed concoction. I’ll be the first to admit that I love them all. I’ve been known to double up on packets a time or two (every time) to come up with an extra
chocolatey sugary gloriously delicious beverage – as decadent as you can for something that comes out of a box. Once you realise how easy it is to make and customise your own at home you’ll think twice before heading to the store to buy another box of hot chocolate mix.
Coconut Milk Peppermint Hot Chocolate
This coconut milk peppermint hot chocolate is as easy as they come. Five minutes on the stove top, a little whisking, and a drop or two of peppermint and you’re done.
Add a little more sweetener if you like or experiment with different flavourings. If you’re not exactly feeling the peppermint vibes you can absolutely play around with the flavourings. Throw in some orange zest, add a touch of chili or just keep it classic with the cocoa.
It’s also never a bad idea to just go to town and throw on a handful of marshmallows with extra chocolate shavings and call it a night.
Keep in mind that coconut milk hot chocolate is suuuuper rich and creamy. One serving is only a cup, but a little goes a long way. If you’d like to cut back a little bit on the decadence you can always use a lower fat coconut milk or use half coconut milk and half almond milk. This will help to thin out the consistency and lower the over calorie and fat count.
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My go to winter drink made with full fat coconut milk and natural sweeteners with a touch of peppermint extract. Rich, creamy, and completely dairy free! Make it as is or play around with your own flavourings.
- 1 can | 13.5 oz coconut milk from a can
- 3 tablespoons unprocessed cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Add the coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and peppermint extract to a small stove top pot on low heat and whisk until combined.
Top with coconut whipped cream and your favourite hot cocoa toppings if desired and serve warm. Enjoy!
To cut down on calories and fat you can use a low fat coconut milk or use half coconut milk and half almond/other non dairy based milk (one cup each).
This recipe can easily be doubled.