paleo hot chocolate

Ridiculously Delicious Paleo Hot Chocolate

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I know just what you are thinking because I’m thinking it too.  It’s freezing, and it’s the perfect time for some Hot Chocolate!  So I decided to share my awesomely delicious and Paleo Hot Chocolate (or Hot Cocoa) recipe!  It beats all the non-paleo versions (because of the coconut milk flavor) and it takes less than 2 minutes to make!
By the way, do you know the difference between chocolate and cocoa? As it turns out, cocoa is a purer form of chocolate.  Chocolate is made up of cocoa solids and cocoa butter, and cocoa powder basically has very tiny amount of cocoa butter in it and is mainly cocoa solids!  Today you learned!  Just kidding, you might’ve already known that… anyway, on to the recipe!
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1.  Pour 1 cup of coconut milk in to a microwaveable mug, and heat coconut milk in microwave for 1 minute.

How to make paleo hot chocolate... it's yummier than normal hot chocolate!

2.  Add in cocoa powder and honey.  Here’s the deal with the honey.  If you don’t care for sweetness much or if you are using sweetened cocoa powder, you can skip it all together.  If you’re not sure how sweet you want it, start small (1/2 tsp of honey) and then increase amount until your desired sweetness!

How to make paleo hot chocolate... it's yummier than normal hot chocolate!

3.  Stir well!  The heated coconut milk should help do the trick of getting it well blended.  If you were to do this in cold coconut milk it would be hard.

How to make paleo hot chocolate... it's yummier than normal hot chocolate!

4.  (Optional) Heat up for 30 seconds to make sure your hot chocolate is super hot! Or just start drinking it πŸ™‚

How to make paleo hot chocolate... it's yummier than normal hot chocolate!



    Love this idea – I tweaked it a little (just because I couldn’t throw down over 30 grams of fat from the full-fat coconut milk and not feel guilty about it!) πŸ™‚ Out of the total 14oz (give or take a little) cup I made – I filled the mug about 2/3 of the way full with Silk light Almond milk (Vanilla flavored), and then the other 1/3 with Thai Kitchen’s Light Coconut Milk (4.5 grams of fat as compared to 14 grams with the full-fat version). I understand that a lot of the thickness and decadence from the full-fat version is sometimes what you need to quell a craving, and I will DEFINITELY have your recipe at some point for sure! πŸ˜‰ Anywho, after heating the milk as directed above, I then added the cocoa (unsweetened) to my liking, and then also added the honey (and some agave) to my liking as well. Just my take on your already great recipe! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to try a different way to make it (instead of cutting it out of my diet all together!) Love all your recipes/pics/etc! Thanks!!!! πŸ˜€

    1. Hey! I totally love when people adapt their own versions of my recipes! Gets me and everyone else to try new things πŸ™‚ Your version also sounds yummy, and perfect for anyone who is trying to do low fat/calorie πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    2. I know this is an old comment but I was just a little surprised when I read this because my regular unsweetened coconut milk has 5g of fat per cup. It’s not light either.
      This is great recipe! I used 100% cacao (Special Dark) and stevia powder because I’m out of honey.. It’s really good, very rich with the cacao but I like it!

  2. Thanks for this awesome recipe, my kids loved drinking this when they came in from playing in the snow (a rarity here in East Tennessee). We had to “cut it” with some coconut milk beverage because it was a bit too rich for them. πŸ™‚

  3. Yum πŸ™‚ Thanks for the idea!! I’ve been trying out Paleo as a way to cut back on sweets (among other benefits) and I certainly miss hot sweet drinks. Instead of adding honey, I added some cinnamon and vanilla, and it turned out great!
    I do wish the coconut milk was less chunky though- do you have any tips/brands for avoiding that?

    1. Hey! Yes I do have some tips for avoiding the chunky! So, you can try almond milk instead which will make it less chunky but will be a different taste. OR you can try using coconut milk that is NOT full fat, or a mix of the two! Hope that helps!

    2. I don’t understand why your coconut milk is “chunky.” I use full fat Silk coconut milk and it’s very creamy (unless it starts to go bad, when it starts to separate and curdle). Maybe your coconut milk has spoiled?

  4. I made this with 2/3 can of full fat organic coconut cream/milk, 1.5 tbsp raw cacao (not cocoa) powder, 1 pinch of raw vanilla bean pods, 1 tsp raw honey – it was delish!!!
    It was just sweet enough…I’m trying to cut down gradually on sweet things as I think I may have bowel candida (which feeds on sweet things) so this would be good with just the vanilla pods and no honey for me too.
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  5. Yum! I craved chocolate tonight but also wanted to use up my cocunut milk. I came across your recipe and it turned out to be the best hot chocolate ever! I doubled the cacao because I ‘m so hardcore but left out the honey- I can’t stand the taste of hot honey (might be due to too much hot (cow)milk with honey in my childhood – uuugh). Instead I added a date and mixed it in my blender. So I ended up with a perfect creamy, foamy, rich hot chocolate. Thanks!

  6. You will want to be careful that this is not too hot when you add the raw honey as the honey will lose many of it’s benefits when heated, but I may use sucanat so I can have it HOT, and make it with a thick homemade coconut milk, I love homemade since I can determine the richness.

  7. I’m not a big fan of coconut milk, not as a base for a drink anyway, so I make it with water and a spoonful of coconut oil instead. Of course I load everything into my Nutribullet and give it a good swirl, otherwise oil would not blend. The rest is the same (raw cocoa, raw honey). And it’s the best hot chocolate I’ve tried (of course I make it to my taste – really chocolaty and not too sweet). Sometimes I add cinnamon, cardamom, anise, hot chili or other spices or spice blends (apple pie blend works great), or mint or vanilla extract – the possibilities are endless. Paleo rocks! πŸ™‚
    P.S. You can also use tea instead of water – Earl Grey, Mint, Lavender – anything that goes well with chocolate.

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