Coconut Hot Cocoa

Written by Cooking Naturally Editors on November 14th, 2010


It’s starting to get relatively “chilly” here in Arizona.  Which means it’s time for hot drinks!  I love me some spiced herbal tea, but sometimes I need something a little more… chocolaty.  You know, like hot chocolate!  Problem is, I don’t drink milk.  Dairy and my stomach do not get along.  Enter coconut milk.  Rich and flavorful, and an excellent source of vegan fat.  Pair it with cocoa and you’ve got yourself a real treat!  A sweet, hot drink that pleases the palate and the tummy.

Coconut Hot Cocoa


  • 1 1/2 T. cocoa powder
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. coconut milk
  • 1/8 t. almond extract
  • 1/8 t. vanilla extract


  1. Combine cocoa, sugar and salt in small saucepan.  Add water and mix well; heat over medium heat until boiling.  Cook for two minutes.
  2. Stir in coconut milk and remove from heat.  Add almond and vanilla extract and mix well.

Variations: If you’re not a huge coconut fan, and/or if your food allergies go above and beyond dairy (ie. vanilla), then omit the water, coconut milk and extracts.  Instead, simply heat 1 c. of rice milk (almond milk works great, too) and add the cocoa, sugar and salt.  Enjoy!

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