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.
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!
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.
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.
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.