One of the perks of winter is having a warm cup of homemade hot chocolate on a cold snowy day! Especially after shoveling or playing in the snow! You could even take it in a thermos to have while you are skiing or snowmobiling! It is very easy to make your own, and I think it tastes better too! And this recipe is dairy free and refined sugar free!
To make your own homemade hot chocolate, all you have to do is heat up the ingredients in a pan! It is that simple! And if you make it yourself it has less ingredients that store bought mixes. I also think the key is the cocoa powder. Find a good quality cocoa powder, and organic if possible. I usually buy mine at Costco, but you can also find it at Natural Grocers or Amazon.
This recipe is also great because it is dairy free and refined sugar free! This is almost impossible to find in stores. I use coconut cream instead of heavy cream or milk. Instead of refined sugar I swap it out for coconut sugar. Even though I have made these changes, this hot chocolate still tastes amazing! It is even kid approved!
You will find the recipe for my Homemade Hot Chocolate below. Since this is a drink, there is no need to adjust for high altitude. And if you are looking for a good marshmallow recipe that is also refined sugar free, check out my Homemade Maple Marshmallows here! Hope you enjoy! Be sure to leave a comment if you try out the recipe or have any questions!
Homemade Hot Chocolate - DF, RSF
- 2 cups water
- 2 cans coconut cream (5.4oz each)
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add the water and coconut cream to the saucepan and turn the stove on to medium high heat.
- Add in the coconut sugar and the vanilla extract.
- As the mixture begins to heat up, whisk in the cocoa powder. Keep stirring occasionally as it heats up to get all of the clumps out.
- Continue to heat until it comes to a boil. Once it boils remove from heat and serve.
- Optional: If you want to make peppermint hot chocolate, add 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract.