This Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is SO creamy and rich! It’s made with coconut milk, almond milk, cocoa powder and maple syrup, making it refined sugar free as well! Your kids are sure to go crazy for it!
Have you ever made your own hot chocolate? I hadn’t until recently and had no idea how easy it is! It’s also great because you know exactly what’s in it and you can make it dairy free and refined sugar free if you like! This Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is super thick and creamy and the perfect winter treat for your kids.
I feel like hot chocolate is a mandatory drink in the winter. It’s sweet, creamy, hot and there’s so many delicious topping options. I always make sure to have hot chocolate ingredients on hand to whip up for my son after he’s been playing in the snow all morning.
What You’ll Need For Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Milk – I’m not strictly dairy free but I tend to use almond milk instead of regular milk so I always have it on hand. For this dairy free hot chocolate I used original, unsweetened almond milk and canned coconut milk. You can use any kind of non-dairy milk you like and for the coconut milk you can either use full fat or lite.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – You want to make sure it’s unsweetened cocoa powder or else the hot chocolate might turn out too sweet. I had Hershey’s cocoa powder on hand and it worked great.
- Pure Maple Syrup – Instead of adding sugar I sweetened my homemade hot chocolate with maple syrup. You want to make sure you are using pure maple syrup and not the aunt jamima kind that is artificially sweetened.
- Vanilla Extract – I just used a splash of vanilla extract because it rounds out the flavors nicely. You could also mix it up and use peppermint extract instead.
- Salt – The salt is optional but I feel like chocolate and salt go well together so I like to add in just a pinch.
How To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate
Homemade Hot Chocolate is quite possibly one of the easiest things I’ve ever made!
- All you do is add all ingredients to a saucepan and place over medium heat. Use a whisk to mix ingredients together so the cocoa powder dissolves completely. You only want to heat your hot chocolate until it’s just beginning to steam. If you cook it too long and bring it to a boil, it will burn the ingredients and taste really bitter.
- Pour your hot chocolate into a mug and top with your favorite toppings!
Why homemade hot chocolate is the best!
- If you look at the ingredients on a lot of packaged hot chocolate you will see high fructose corn syrup as one of the first ingredients. When you make your own hot chocolate you know exactly what is going into it so you can feel better about serving it to your kids.
- It’s hard to find a dairy free hot chocolate mix at the grocery store. Even if you mix it with almond milk or water, most of them have milk powder as one of the ingredients.
- It’s made from just a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
Optional Topping Ideas For Your Homemade Hot Chocolate
You can go as crazy or as plain as you want with your hot chocolate toppings! Here are a few that I would reccomend:
- Dairy Free Whipped Cream – You can use a homemade coconut whipped cream or these days you can easily find a dairy free store-bought whipped cream. I love So Delicious coconut milk cool whip.
- Ice Cream – Ice cream is never a bad idea and will help cool down the hot chocolate so your kids can enjoy it sooner!
- Chocolate Chips or Shavings – I topped mine with mini chocolate chips and it was such a nice surprise when they melted a little and I got a sip with one of them in it. You could also use shaved chocolate or cocoa powder.
- Crushed Peppermints – Chocolate and peppermint is such a great combination and really goes well with hot chocolate.
- Cookies – Your kids will have so much fun dipping cookies into their hot chocolate! You could also crush the cookies up and use the crumbs as a topping.
- 2 cups original, unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- Add all ingredients to a medium sized saucepan. Place over medium heat and whisk until cocoa powder has dissolved and hot chocolate turns into a creamy mixture.
- Only heat until just starting to steam and bubble slightly around the edges. If you burn the hot chocolate it will have a very bitter taste.
- Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Recipe makes two large mugs or three smaller cups of hot chocolate.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 Mug
Amount Per Serving Calories 241Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 79mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 3g