Coconut Milk Peppermint Hot Chocolate – 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 flavorings.
My seven year old little brother, Matthew, is one funny kid. Funny in many ways. Funny in the best ways.
Maybe it’s because he’s the youngest of five and he’s constantly surrounded by adults, or maybe it’s because my mom home schools my two younger brothers and he’s able to learn language skills and general interests at his own pace, but the things he talks about and the way he speaks are just so funny.
In between quizzing me on which animal was nearly extinct in 1963 until the Phoenix Zoo started working on restoring the species (the Arabian Oryx in case you’re wondering), talking about the latest episode of The Great Food Truck Race, or telling me about his grand plans to become a zoologist and move to the Philippines when he grows up, he’s got these catchphrases that he somehow manages to sprinkle into literally every conversation. Yes, literally.
He says: “Am I right?”, “You don’t have to tell me twice!”, and “Terribly”.
As in, “You don’t have to tell me twice that hot chocolate would keep me from getting too terribly cold right now, am I right, Sarah?”
I think right now especially I’d have to agree with Matthew’s pretend statement. Yesterday I went into town wearing a coat, scarf, boots and all, which I think officially means that it’s hot chocolate weather. England’s actually been in hot chocolate season for some time now, I’ve just been letting the rest of you catch up (I’m talking to you Southwest States in all your sun shining glory).
Now, I realize 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. But once you realize how easy it is to make and customize your own at home you’ll never want to buy the boxed stuff again.
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. I don’t even know how many times I made this and variations of this last year for Mike. Sometimes I’d throw in some orange zest, sometimes I whipped up some coconut cream, sometimes we’d add a touch of chili. No matter what way we spruced it up, it was always amazing.
The full fat coconut milk gives it that rich and thick dairy feel without the accompanied tummy upset while also adding its own natural sweetness. Add a little more sweetener if you like or experiment with different flavorings. 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 – am I right?
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 full fat coconut milk 13.5 oz
- 3 tablespoons unprocessed cocoa powder 22 grams
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup 20 grams
- 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.