This dairy free Paleo Hot Chocolate is the perfect, healthier hot treat for a chilly day!
I first threw this recipe together after finishing a Whole30 when I was in the mood for something sweet and hot but didn't want to steer too far off the path to food freedom. And darned if it was not just as good if not better than the non-compliant stuff I'd been drinking for years!
This recipe is so simple, quick and incredibly easy to modify to your own taste. It can also very easy be doubled, tripled, etc. to make enough for your whole family (or a giant glass for yourself ;-).
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You will need a small sauce pan, whisk and a mug for this recipe.
- Coconut or Almond Milk: My favorite non-dairy milk to use with this recipe is Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almondmilk. You can find it in most grocery stores, including Target and Sprouts or order it on Amazon Fresh. If you don't have any available just use your favorite coconut or almond milk brand.
- Coconut Cream: Coconut cream has a higher fat content than regular coconut milk and really gives this recipe that luscious creaminess that you want in a hot chocolate.
- Unsweetened chocolate: I mix about ¼th of an oz of bakers unsweetened chocolate into this recipe, about 1 small rectangle. However, if you want to sub with paleo chocolate chips, about 1-2 tbsp will do. Just be sure if they are at all sweetened to decrease how much maple syrup you add.
- Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a great sweetener for this recipe. Make sure to check your labels and buy pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Agave syrup will also work in a pinch.
- Cocoa Powder: I like a combination of both unsweetened chocolate and cocoa powder for this recipe. Make sure to choose a quality cocoa with no additives.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon is totally optional but I almost never make hot chocolate without adding at least a pinch. It really makes it feels o warm and cozy.
- Salt: I also add a pinch of salt to just about every dessert or sweet thing that I make and I highly recommend you do too!
Can I make this Paleo Hot Chocolate in a slow cooker?
You certainly can! And this is a great option if you want to serve a crowd.
Simply combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour or low for 2-3 hours. Then you can keep it on the warm setting, stirring occasionally, for as long as you need.