Dairy-Free Hot Coco

No, I didn’t leave off the “A” in “Hot Cocoa.” Rather than traditional hot chocolate for the holidays, I’m mixing things up with “Hot Coco,” a dairy-free hot coconut drink that’s creamy, rich, and perfect with a candy cane!

As you may know, I recently returned from an amazing month-long trip to Thailand for four weeks of intensive yoga. Thailand is all about COCONUTS, so in other words, it was heaven for me.

coconuts

In honor of Thailand, I created this spin on (white) hot chocolate. My hot coco recipe serves three, because I have a family of three! Feel free to adjust the recipe as needed to accomodate your family’s size and tastes. Enjoy… And happy holidays!

Note #1: you will need a blender for maximum creaminess and frothiness.

Note #2: you’ll also need candy canes. For real. They “make it.”

Rich and creamy "Hot Coco"

Dairy-Free Hot Coco

serves 3

You will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk (Aroy-D is the brand I like best; if you use coconut milk from a can, stir it up first.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp coconut butter (see below for the brand I like best)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 generous Tbsp local, raw honey (I probably used closer to 2 Tbsp, to be honest… it was HEAPING)
  • 4-6 drops of liquid vanilla stevia (to taste)
  • 3 candy canes

Instructions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water, coconut milk, vanilla almond milk, coconut butter, and salt. Heat until just BELOW a simmer, so in other words, HOT… But not too hot.

Transfer mixture to a blender. Add honey and stevia to taste. Blend on high for 30 seconds, until frothy and delicious. Note: you might need to do this in two batches. Be careful when blending hot liquids!

Pour into mugs and garnish each with a candy cane. If your candy canes are broken, as mine were, no biggie… Just add the chunks and let them melt right into the hot coco. Prepare for a sugar rush and enjoy.

Hot Coco ingredients
Hot Coco

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5 Comments

  • December 5, 2015

    Jennifer

    You really knocked it out of the park! My daughter ‘likes the foam the best’. I made extra and am looking forward to trying it in my coffee in mornings to come. Thank you for this!

    • December 5, 2015

      Brianne

      You’re so welcome! Thank YOU for the recipe inspiration.
      Blending is definitely the key to creamy richness and all of the great foam… And I’m with your daughter. I like the foam the best too. 😉

  • December 16, 2015

    Yoli

    Hello, I don’t see the Cacao powder listed on your recipe. This is Hot Cocoa right? LOL

    Hope you can help

    Yoli

  • December 16, 2015

    Brianne

    Hi Yoli — I’m so sorry if my recipe is confusing; this is called “hot coco” but there’s no cocoa or cacao in it… No chocolate at all. Just coconut! The recipe is correct as listed.

    Sorry again about the confusion. I was trying to be clever, but it might have backfired on me! 😉

    • December 16, 2015

      Yoli

      Hi Brianne, that’s ok. Thanks so much for replying me! Maybe I will put some Cacao in there. I will try your recipe. Thanks again. Happy Holiday’s!!!