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Cozy Christmas Hot Chocolate

This Christmas Hot Chocolate is a delicious dairy-free and refined sugar-free version of the classic winter treat. Enjoy it with your favorite hot chocolate toppings, or serve it with a DIY hot cocoa bar at your next gathering.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 108kcal
Author Mary Smith

Ingredients

  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or regular is fine, too
  • cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • dairy free whipped cream optional - for topping

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (except whipped cream) in a small saucepan.
  • Whisk constantly over medium heat until combined and heated through to the temperature of your liking, about 5 minutes!
  • Pour the warm hot cocoa mix into a mug and top with your favorite Christmas hot chocolate toppings if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

Regular Dairy: If you are not dairy free, you can substitute the almond milk and coconut milk with regular milk and heavy cream.
Sweetener: You can use an alternative to maple syrup if you prefer. While it won’t be refined sugar-free, this Christmas hot chocolate will still be delicious. Choose your favorite sweetener.

Hot Chocolate Toppings

Hot chocolate toppings options are truly endless. If you have one that you love that isn’t on the list, let me know in the comments below!
  • Whipped Cream: Use dairy-free whipped cream, coconut whipped cream, or your favorite regular dairy whipped cream. 
  • Chocolate Chips: I love Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they are gluten free and dairy free. Feel free to use your favorite! 
  • Candy Canes: I like these candy canes from Yum Earth. 
  • Marshmallows: My favorite gluten-free marshmallows are Dandies. They are gluten-free and vegan. 
  • Sprinkles: These sprinkles are amazing. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free.
  • Nuts: Chopped nuts of any kind go so well on top, adding a nice crunch. 
  • Chocolate Shavings: Pick your favorite chocolate bar and use our zester to shave off some chocolate. 
  • Flaky Sea Salt: This gives that delicious sweet and salty combination. 
  • Caramel Drizzle: Use caramel, white chocolate, or chocolate syrup for a drizzle. 

 

Hot Cocoa Bar 

If you’re having a holiday gathering, a hot cocoa bar is always a big hit. 
Place your favorite hot chocolate toppings into bowls and let everyone top their hot chocolate with whatever they like. This DIY hot chocolate bar is fun for the kids AND the adults! 

Boozy Hot Chocolate

Add a shot of Bailey’s or Peppermint Schnapps and have yourself a merry little cocktail. 

Coffee + Hot Chocolate

You could also add a shot of espresso or some coffee to turn this into a delicious peppermint mocha! This recipe makes two 8 oz servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 2mg