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The Best Paleo Hot Chocolate

The Best Paleo Hot Chocolate is simple and delicious . . . it really is the best. It has only five ingredients, and it is a breeze to make! It’s chocolatey and creamy, but it’s completely dairy-free thanks to coconut milk! This is the perfect drink for a chilly winter evening.

Paleo Hot Cocoa

Out of all the recipes I’ve ever made, I think this one is my favorite. I know, I know, that’s a very bold statement, but I think I’m entirely justified in saying it. While dishes like Sweet Potato Breakfast Pizza and Bacon-Chard Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust are delicious, they don’t taste exactly like the real thing — and I don’t expect them to! There are certain recipes that cannot be replicated in the Paleo world, and that is A-Okay.

This Paleo Hot Chocolate, though? It is not exactly like the “real thing.” It is better.

I am making too many bold statements in this blog post, but I can’t help it because they’re all true!

Paleo Hot Cocoa

The ingredient that makes this Paleo Hot Chocolate even better than normal, dairy-ful (that is not a word) hot chocolate is . . . (drumroll please) . . . full-fat coconut milk! Coconut milk is incredibly rich and creamy, so I cut it with a little almond milk. If you are allergic to nuts, you can use rice milk or soy milk instead. If you’re feeling particularly daring, use 100% coconut milk! Tell me how it goes.

I also used Dutch-processed cocoa powder, coconut sugar, pure vanilla extract, and just a pinch of salt. Don’t forego the salt, because it accentuates the sweetness of the coconut sugar and the richness of the cocoa.

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As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun with these photos. Not only is this my favorite recipe to date, it may be my favorite photo shoot to date. It’s a wonder that I snapped any photos of this cocoa before we drank it all. It was a lesson in self-restraint, to be sure.

And yes, in case you were wondering, those are marshmallows. No, they are not Paleo. I decided to add them as a pretty garnish, but I chose to steer clear of them when I drank my cocoa. If you really like marshmallows, by all means — eat them! Personally, I think that sugar is sugar, no matter its form, and Paleo marshmallows really aren’t worth the hassle. If you are of a different mindset, you should try these marshmallows from The Urban Poser! If I ever get around to making homemade marshmallows, I would like to use her recipe.

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I think that this hot cocoa would be the perfect drink for Christmas morning . . . and Christmas afternoon, and Christmas evening. It is the perfect drink to warm up with! You agree, don’t you? I can already tell that this Paleo hot cocoa will be on rotation at our house. It’s dangerously easy to make!

I recommend that you make some now . . . because, you know, it’s cold outside.

Paleo Hot Cocoa

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The Best Paleo Hot Cocoa . . . Ever.
While this recipe makes two servings, the cocoa is rich enough to divide into three or four servings.
Course Dessert, Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10-15 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10-15 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whisk the coconut sugar and the cocoa powder together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. "Toast" the sugar and cocoa for a few minutes to deepen the flavors.
  2. Add the coconut milk and almond milk to the saucepan. Whisk vigorously until no lumps remain.
  3. Add the vanilla and sea salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cocoa is hot and steaming. Serve with (Paleo) marshmallows, if desired.

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