Healthy Hot Chocolate

Healthy hot chocolate (dairy free)       

 I know what you’re thinking, “Hot chocolate with no dairy?? There is no way that can be good.”

But alas, friends, I have successfully created that dairy-free hot chocolate that pleased my dairy/sugar loving taste buds. This absolutely matches up to the thick and sweet texture and taste of milk based hot chocolate!

Along with no dairy in the recipe, there is minimal to zero refined sugar! How

is that you ask? Well, the combination of coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey, and a bit of chocolate makes the perfect combination of rich and sweet. 

Thanks to our friend coconut cream* this drink is crazy thick and creamy. Those awesome antimicrobial compounds that are in coconut oil are also in coconut cream! That means that you’re helping your immune system/organs, while drinking hot chocolate say whaaat! Read more about coconut cream benefits in this awesome article. 

*A note about coconut cream: be sure to purchase coconut cream and not coconut milk or cream of coconut. Different things!  Coconut cream is sold in a can right next to the canned coconut milk. If you can’t find it or only have coconut milk, stick your can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight, and the cream with rise to the top. You can then just skim the cream off of the milk. 

Coconut cream
Depending on what kind of chocolate you choose to use, you can make this recipe with zero refined sugar. This hot chocolate is a richdecadent treat that you can enjoy without the guilt that comes after sugar binging (trust me, the sugar-binging guilt is real). 

I find this drink is very satisfying for you when you feel like you NEED a sugar fix. So hold up- don’t shove those Oreos in your mouth- instead give this hot chocolate a go. 


Healthy hot chocolate ingredients

You’ll need almond milk, coconut cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, honey, and the chocolate of your choice. (measurements are below in the recipe card).  

Coconut cream in bowl

Shake the coconut cream in the can well. It will still be pretty separated so you will need to pour it into a bowl and whisk or stir it with a fork until it is well combined, and a creamy consistency. Store the coconut cream in a sealed container and it will last for 7 days.

Almond milk

Add your almond milk and coconut cream to a sauce pan over medium heat. 

Coco powder

Then add the rest of your ingredients and let the mixture come to a simmer

Himalayan salt

Himalayan salt adds an awesome kick and really brings out the sweet flavors. 

Hot chocolate

And there’s your sweet treat! Enjoy your rich, creamy, flavor packed hot chocolate! Let me know what healthy snack hits the spot for you when you’re craving something sweet! 

  • Healthy Hot Chocolate (dairy free)
    Serves 1
    Hot chocolate
    1. 1 cup of almond milk (or any other dairy-free milk)
    2. 1/4 cup of coconut cream (not coconut milk, coconut cream, there is a difference)
    3. 1 Tbs of your favorite dairy-free chocolate (it can be whichever your favorite cocoa percentage is)*
    4. 1 Tbs honey
    5. 1 tsp vanilla
    6. 1 Tbs + 1 tsp of cocoa powder
    7. 1 tsp cinnamon
    8. 1/4 tsp salt
    9. Feel free to add some cayenne if you're feelin' spicy! It pairs great with the cinnamon
    10. *if you choose to use chocolate with no sugar, up the honey to 2 Tbs.
    1. First, shake your coconut cream well, and then transfer it into a bowl. Mash/whisk the separated solid and liquid until it becomes a cream.
    2. Combine almond milk and coconut cream in sauce pan and heat on medium until it simmers.
    3. Whip milk with whisk.
    4. Then add chocolate, cocoa, honey, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
    Life With Cass


40 thoughts on “Healthy Hot Chocolate

    1. The coconut cream really does make it so rich and creamy! This hot chocolate is unique because it isn’t sticky sweet, it has more of rich chocolate flavor that is really enhanced by the himalayan salt. Thanks for checking this recipe out and I love your blog!

    1. Thanks Elaine! I don’t drink milk either, and to be honest, I think this recipe is way better than hot chocolate with milk! I love the hint of coconut the coconut cream brings to the drink πŸ™‚


    1. Dairy free hot chocolate can seem very strange! But, the creaminess and richness of the chocolate makes an amazing combination. I hope you get a chance to try it out! Thanks for reading, Ela! πŸ™‚


  1. This is just what I need to try! I LOVE LOVE LOVE hot chocolate and am slightly obsessed with them haha πŸ™‚ They are not the healthiest of all things though and I have tried making them with almond milk before in the hope of making a healthier version but it’s just not the same. I am thinking that the coconut cream might be the secret ingredient I need! Thanks for sharing <3

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland β™‘

    1. Coconut cream is what makes this hot chocolate a winner! It makes the texture super creamy and fills you up with healthy fats. It’s a win win πŸ™‚


  2. I can’t wait to give this a try, tonight! I adore using coconut cream in sweet treat recipes, but I’d never thought of using it for hot chocolate before!

    Alice /


    1. Hi Elizabeth! I really do think this hot chocolate lives up to dairy hot chocolates I’ve tried. The texture is so rich that I definitely don’t miss the dairy. πŸ™‚


  3. That puff speech, wasn’t that the one that was supposed to be the greatest political speech since Lincoln? It wasn’t even the best speech this year. That still belongs to Mitt Romney. But where Romney was a Recualipbn defending a religion that teaches love, he doesn’t get any credit from the press who will take a democrat defending a religion that teaches hate.

  4. I LOVE that phrase — “May your bobbin always be fu81#&!l22l; Any sewer can truly relate! Great post with really pretty eye candy! Hugs, Terri


  6. Hello,I don’t mean to be rude, or to alter you in any way, but how can you say that you don’t feel like bitching about anything after Nov 3rd ‘ s post “FML”. I kinda like your notes, and this duality struck me the instant i finished reading the first paragraph. Good luck !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *