Healthy Hot Chocolate: Classic, Peppermint or Mexican Spice
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To keep it simple, yet healthy, I use a dairy-free milk powder that is very low in sugar, but has a nutrient profile (such as protein) that comes pretty close to dairy milk.
Serves: 1 serving
  • ¼ cup chocolate dairy-free rice milk powder (for the perfect sweetness and milkiness, I actually like to use 2 tablespoons original rice milk powder and 2 tablespoons chocolate rice milk powder - see post above for notes)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream*
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or sweetener to taste (optional)
  • 1 cup hot water
  1. Place the rice milk powder(s), cocoa, coconut cream, and maple syrup in a mug.
  2. Pour in the hot water, and stir until all ingredients are dissolved.
  3. Optional: Serve topped with marshmallows (we used vegan Dandies!), coconut whip, or try one of my variations below.
Mexican Spice Healthy Hot Chocolate Variation: Add ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne for extra warmth in flavor. If you are feeling fancy, use a cinnamon stick for stirring!
Peppermint Healthy Hot Chocolate Variation: Add 3 to 4 drops of peppermint extract to your beverage. Peppermint can be very intense, so add just a drop at a time and taste-test along the way. Around the holidays, you can alternately use a candy cane for a stir stick to add some sweet peppermint flavor.
Coconut Cream Note: If you don't have coconut cream handy, let a can of full-fat coconut milk settle (chill in the refrigerator if needed to help it set up) and skim the thick coconut cream from it to use in this recipe. Alternately, you can simply use canned coconut milk (light or original).
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at