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.


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


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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