RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa

RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa // Be Sol-Ful Living

After a day of sledding or snow fort building, there was nothing better than warming up to a mug of cocoa. For me, every time I sip on hot cocoa, I’m flooded with childhood memories of playing out in the snow and cold with my brother – and we’d come inside to hot cocoa with marshmallows. My grandmother used to make some of the best homemade hot cocoa and I’m pretty sure it was because she used whole milk and for all I know, she could have used Hershey’s syrup, but it was darn good. For the last couple of years, I’ve been making my own homemade version and my sweet Willow LOVES it. Josh has been on me to share my recipe here on the blog, but it seems so simple and silly to me…but with winter upon us now I guess there’s no better time!

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The key to this recipe comes in two parts:

  • The addition of full fat coconut milk to make it extra creamy
  • The coconut sugar-maple syrup combo gives it a rich, somewhat caramel-y, sweet flavor.

RICH, CREAMY (VEGAN) HOT COCOA:

Gluten-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free, Oil-free, Vegan

Serves 2-4

What you need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your choice of milk)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (preferably full fat)
  • 2-3 heaping Tablespoons raw cacao powder (use 3 for a richer flavor)
  • 1.5-2 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • pinch Himalayan salt
  • Optional Add ins: 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract/flavor OR 1 tsp pure vanilla extract OR a square of dark chocolate OR 1/4-1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon.

How to:

  1. In a small pot, gently warm your milk over medium-low heat, whisking often. You DO NOT want the milk to come to a boil – steaming is OK, ย just not boiling (approx 10-12 minutes). Don’t worry if it isn’t “hot” enough because you’re going to whirl it in the Vitamix and it will warm up some more. If you’re using the additional square of chocolate, add it to the milk to melt.
  2. Once the milk is warmed up, carefully pour it into a high speed blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth and frothy, approximately 1-2 minutes. Adjust the sweetness level as needed. If it’s not warm enough for you, simply return the mixture to your pot and heat on the stove. I keep it on the cooler side for Willow’s sake.
  3. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream or marshmallows! Enjoy!

*** For an added superfood boost, after blending the ingredients together, add in 1 teaspoon mesquite powder + 1 teaspoon maca, then whirl again for a few seconds. This combo isn’t recommended if you’re using peppermint.

*** If you don’t have a Vitamix or high-speed blender, that’s ok! Simply warm the milk over the stove with all of the ingredients (except the peppermint or vanilla), whisking often. Once heated to desired temp, remove from heat and whisk in the peppermint or vanilla (if using). I love using the Vitamix to get the super frothy top.

RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa

RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa

 

 

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I’ve shared how I make my whipped cream before, but I’ve since then learned a trick for a guaranteed perfect batch! I have tried literally every brand of organic full fat coconut milk and hands down the best one is Whole Foods brand and it’s always 2 for $4. I know it has guar gum (I try to avoid too many “gums”), but I’ve tried a couple brands without it and you will never get a thick, fluffy whipped cream AND the flavor was really bad, in my opinion. You can also use Trader Joe’s canned coconut cream, but it is very strong in coconut flavor (my mom wasn’t a fan when I used it). Ok, so the trick?!? Before you buy the can, give it a little shake and if you hear a lot of sloshing around, don’t buy it! Sounds silly, but since learning this trick, I’ve made successful whipped cream every single time!

Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream:

What you need:

  • 1 can organic full fat coconut milk (use two cans for a bigger batch)
  • Your choice of sweetener (maple syrup, coconut nectar, coconut sugar, etc.)

How to:

  1. Chill the coconut milk can in the fridge for 24 hours, at least.
  2. Chill your mixing bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes prior to making the whipped cream.
  3. Gently turn the coconut milk can upside down, open it, discard the liquid and scoop the thick cream into your chilled mixing bowl.
  4. Mix until fluffy and smooth – adding sweetener, as desired (I usually do a drizzle of pure maple syrup). Store any leftovers in the fridge and use within a couple of days.
RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa

Willow insisted on a chocolate chip topping…surprise, surprise!

RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa

RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

โค

23 thoughts on “RECIPE: Rich, Creamy (Vegan) Hot Cocoa

  1. You know what’s sad, I never had homemade hot cocoa ๐Ÿ˜› Only Swiss Miss mix when I was younger! Topped with frozen coolwhip! Hahaha! It would be my brother and mine’s favorite thing to have after coming in from playing in the snow for hours! That and a bowl of hot pastina pasta with broth!

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    • Oh, I definitely had my fair share of Swiss Miss growing up! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ those little packets with the marshmallows in them were my favorite! Haha!! Oooooh! That sounds like a wonderful way to warm up from playing in the snow! Hope you have a great holiday week!! โค๏ธ

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  2. Oh my goodness I love this post so much! Your daughter is absolutely adorable, and so is the hot chocolate (food can be adorable, right??)! I LOVE the snowflakes you made to go along with it.
    We don’t have any snow right now, but as soon as we do I am making a HUGE cup of this hot cocoa! Actually screw that, I’m going to rebel and make some of it asap! Hehe.
    -Ellie

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  3. Oh my gosh woman, I’m dying over this post! First of all, I LOVE hot chocolate like an addiction! This is very similar to how I make mine except I use some dark chocolate and espresso…you know, just so I can kill myself with caffeine overload, hahahaha! Your hot chocolate seriously is gorgeous. I’m totally in love with your festive pics and am SO jealous of your snow. Willow is such a beauty in that snow pic. Would you believe it’s in the freaking 80’s here?! UGH, it’s Christmas and we have the a/c on, I really dislike Houston weather so much. Anyways, fantastic recipe friend, as always!

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    • OMG! I love you! Hahaha!!!! That sounds like my kind of hot chocolate!! You’ll have to share your recipe with me so I can give it a try. I am a hot chocolate fanatic! Like you said, it’s an addiction! Awwww! Thank you so much! If you ever want to enjoy a white Christmas, you know where to come ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t believe you have the a/c going?!? As always, thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment. Hugs and love to you!!! โค

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    • Haha!! Are you sure? Because I can happily send some snow and cold weather your way ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hot chocolate is my favorite! And Willow has opened my eyes to yet another way to use those mini chocolate chips! Ha! Such an addiction! Thank you so much, sweet friend! LOTS OF LOVE! โค

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  4. I love a good hot chocolate! I have one on my blog and may even post another this winter. I just don’t think you can beat a cup of it all cozy on the couch watching a movie. I’m definitely putting this one in the mix! And I love the adorable pic of Willow sipping it. Such a doll!

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  5. There is nothing silly about drinkable chocolate! The stuff that you’ve been making for forever and the whole family loves and you’ve practiced enough to get it just right is the best stuff to share! This recipe is totally unique and sounds fantastic! The two-types of sweetener and two-types of milk is really interesting, I never would’ve thought of that. It looks so rich though, wow โค However, coconut whipped cream and I don't have the best track record. I've had a few successes, but recently I actually got a can that was TOO separated! The solid part was like dry and weird and it didn't whip at all, just lumps :p So gross haha! To be fair it was some brand I've never heard of before. Need a Whole Foods! But anyways, I again have to side with Willow, that pic with the chocolate chips and the whipped cream looks like hot chocolate perfection! The girl knows how to style a shot ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Thank you, Natalie!! Haha! The two types of sweetener happened by mistake one day when I didn’t have enough maple syrup to make a batch…the addition of coconut sugar is wonderful! It is REALLY rich though – I was shocked that it passed Willow’s approval, but that’s when I knew it was good enough to share ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for reading my post, I always look forward to your comments! XOXO โค

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    • Twins for sure! The vitamix is a definite game changer when it comes to hot cocoa – so frothy! When I read about coconut whipped cream in your book, I had to smile – as much as I don’t like to use guar gum, it’s a must for the perfect whipped cream! Your book is absolutely amazing, Audrey! I’ve spent a lot of time reading it cover to cover and I’m looking forward to making the recipes…just need to decide where to start! XO โค

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  6. Well it took me a couple of days because of my crazy schedule, but I finally made the hot chocolate today! Soooooo dang delicious and creamy!! Jay isn’t a hot chocolate fan (weirdo!) so it was all for Olivia and I and all I got was “yummy” over and over and a huge chocolate face fr her, haha! I took a pic earlier and will email it to you because I told her it was your recipe! I took your note and of course did the full heaping tbsp of cacao, and I added a bit of dark chocolate and espresso, just couldn’t help myself, haha! The richer the chocolate, the better! Wonderful and creamy and we were both very happy girls drinking it! Thank you my friend! โค๏ธ

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    • I’m just now seeing this comment! Thank you SOOOO much, my friend! That photo of Olivia is priceless!! I can’t believe Jay doesn’t like hot chocolate…weird for sure! Ha! I appreciate you giving this recipe a try – now I need to give your hot chocolate version a try with the addition of dark chocolate and espresso…that sounds dangerously good. Thank you, again! XOXO โค

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