Meat-Free Monday: Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate. Photo Credit: Joy Food Sunshine

(MEAT-FREE MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week’s Meat-Free Monday – Christmas edition, get cozy and curl up on the couch with this delicious, dairy-free hot chocolate.

Not only is this recipe super easy to make, it’s ready on the stovetop in just 15 minutes flat. You can also make a number of substitutions to adjust the sweetness and chocolate intensity to cater your family’s tastes.

Add some toasted marshmallows and enjoy this nice, warm mug of cocoa bliss! — Global Animal

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate. Photo Credit: Joy Food Sunshine

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2 cups


  • 1 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 oz 6 TBS bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3-4 TBS granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • ½ to 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder**
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Add coconut milk and chocolate to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is melted.
  2. Add sugar, salt and cocoa powder and whisk until completely combined.
  3. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat and let cocoa sit (covered) for 5 minutes before serving to thicken.


*If you like sweeter hot cocoa, use 4 TBS of sugar. Use coconut sugar for a paleo option. *If you like sweeter hot cocoa, use ½ TBS cocoa powder.
Recipe Courtesy of Joy Food Sunshine

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