Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate


All it takes is a little chill in the air for my kids to request hot chocolate.  I can’t say I blame them.  Hot Chocolate is such a warm and soothing drink.

Homemade hot cocoa can easily be made with milk or any milk substitute.  The only down side of using milk substitutes is most of them result in thin and watery hot cocoa.  Canned coconut milk  is an ideal substitute because of it’s high fat content, but it definitely adds coconut flavor to the drink.

If you are up for something special, you could top your hot chocolate with marshmallows or whipped coconut cream.


Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate
Makes 4-6 cups


  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 4 cups Milk Substitute (We prefer rice milk)



  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sucanat and cocoa.  Bring to a boil, stirring often.
  2. Add in the milk and heat to desired temperature, stirring constantly.  Do not boil.
  3. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate”

  1. daisy says:

    Yummy! Man, that looks good right now. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. We love rice milk hot chocolate! I am going to have to try your method, as I usually just dump cocoa, sugar and milk in the pot all together. The chocolate syrup base sounds intriguing!

    • Nancy says:

      I’m sure your method works just as well Anne. It’s all good as long as the end result is sweet and chocolatey!

  3. Amber says:

    Just love homemade hot chocolate! I was just commenting on Tessa’s latest recipe and mentioned how HOT it is here in my neck of the woods. I think a cold rendition of this recipe is in order! 🙂


  4. Amber says:

    Ahh choo!

    I would kill for some rain right now! Pleeeeease!!! 🙂

  5. Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday! Hope to see you back tomorrow! 🙂