Creamy and packed with chocolate-y goodness – this quick and easy Vegan Coconut Hot Chocolate will keep you warm all winter long. Made with dark chocolate and cacao powder, this will satisfy all your chocolate cravings. Dip a cookie in it or sip it slowly on a cold day, this will be your new go-to fall and winter drink.
Craving something cozy and delicious? Silky smooth and perfectly creamy, this Vegan Coconut Hot Chocolate is just what you need. Made on the stovetop with dark chocolate and cacao powder, when we say chocolate we mean CHOCOLATE. Paired perfectly with our Vegan Ginger Molasses Cookies (or any cookie for that matter) this is the most delicious way to keep warm this season.
We love hot chocolate, especially when its homemade on the stovetop. We love it so much, we have a number of different hot chocolate recipes on our blog, but this one may just be our favourite. With a subtle coconut flavour from the coconut milk and just enough chocolate to satisfy all the chocolate cravings – it’s just as decadent as it sounds. Oh and did we mention its made with just 4 ingredients!? Yes, you read that right, 4 ingredients for this quick and easy Coconut Hot Chocolate.
Top tips for making Vegan Hot Chocolate:
- Low and slow is key. When making hot chocolate on the stove, it’s important to keep the temperature low – no higher than medium. Any higher and you run the risk of burning the milk and no one likes burnt milk.
- Use a good dark chocolate. When we say good we don’t necessarily mean expensive. Instead we mean, use a dark chocolate that you like the taste of! Because the chocolate is where most of the flavour is coming from its important to like the taste of the chocolate you use. We use our favourite President’s Choice Dark Chocolate for any recipe that calls for chocolate. It’s inexpensive and delicious!
- Don’t forget the salt. Salt and chocolate are the perfect pair. Salt enhances flavour, that’s why it is (or should be) in all recipes you make. When you salt chocolate whether it’s in this recipe or in cookies, you get the most delicious and full bodied chocolate flavour possible.
About the ingredients and tools:
- Coconut Milk – To get the best coconut flavour we recommend using canned coconut milk. We like using the Aroy-D Coconut Milk, but whatever your favourite one is should work. Though we do recommend using one with a higher fat content for a creamier hot chocolate.
- Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate is key for a full bodied hot chocolate experience. Use your favourite dark chocolate, double check that it’s vegan, for a delicious and creamy hot chocolate that you love. We used President’s Choice Dark Chocolate for this recipe when developing and all of our chocolate recipes.
- Cocoa Powder – Like the dark chocolate, this is where a lot of the flavour comes from. It’s important to use a cocoa powder that you like the taste of. Again this doesn’t have to mean that it’s expensive – we used the No Name Cocoa Powder for ours.
- Salt – Salt enhances flavour which is why you find it in most recipes, even sweet ones! We use a kosher salt for most of our recipes including this one.
The best part about this recipe? Even though it’s homemade on the stovetop, it is actually surprisingly easy. All you need is two kitchen tools that everyone has in their kitchen!
- Saucepan – Use a small saucepan to make this creamy hot chocolate recipe. We use our enamel saucepan for this recipe but any one that you have should work.
- Whisk – Use a metal or silicone whisk for this recipe.
Can hot chocolate be made ahead of time?
Yes! We actually love making it ahead of time. Simply make it as you would, pour into a glass container and allow to come to room temperature before sealing and placing in the fridge. It will last about 2-3 days. When ready to enjoy, reheat slowly on the stove over a low-medium heat until your desired temperature.
Can coconut beverage be used instead?
While yes it can be used, we do recommend using canned coconut milk instead. They are not the same thing. The coconut beverage that comes in a carton typically has more fillers and is more watered down resulting in a coconut milk that is lower in fat and often less flavourful than the canned variety. For the best result use a canned coconut milk that is higher in fat.
Is all dark chocolate vegan?
Nope! While yes dark chocolate is more often accidentally vegan than milk or white chocolate is, that does not mean that it’s all vegan and dairy-free. Be sure to read the ingredients carefully when choosing your dark chocolate to be sure it’s vegan friendly. More than likely dark chocolate that is 70% or higher will be dairy-free, but its always best to double check.
How to make Vegan Coconut Hot Chocolate:
Vegan Coconut Hot Chocolate
- 2 – 15 oz cans coconut milk
- 53 g (⅓ cup) dark chocolate, chopped
- 14 g (2 tbsp) cacao powder
- 1 pinch salt, to taste
- Add coconut milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Once slightly warm, whisk in chopped chocolate and cacao power until smooth and melted. Continue to stir and once warmed to your desired temperature add a pinch of salt to taste.