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Baby it’s cold outside! It’s freezing here and one of my favourite things to do is drink hot chocolate and cuddle up on the couch like the ajebutter that I am. Raise your hands if you are a hot chocolate lover. That chocolatey liquid is one of my guilty pleasures. But it has given me a situation with my blouses. As in I look pregnant when I’m not. So I had to find a way to enjoy hot chocolate without all the sugar and calories. That led to the birth of this coconut hot chocolate recipe, which is healthy and absolutely creamy and delicious. So creamy that you will think it is decadent but it isn’t!

For this recipe, I am collaborating with one of my newest friends, Hadiza of That means there’s another hot chocolate recipe on her blog which you should totally check out.

healthy hot chocolate

When I say coconut is epic, it’s because of things like this. This drink is so rich in taste – think about that coconut-chocolate melange. If you have never had coconut and chocolate in one bite, I kind of feel sorry for you. That combo is the truth!

In this hot chocolate, the coconut milk is very thick and creamy that you actually feel like you are drinking hot chocolate with heavy cream, full fat milk, and condensed milk. But in fact, you are treating yourself to a good healthy cup of minimal ingredients and many nutrients. What’s not to love?

coconut hot chocolate healthy recipe

It begins with four awesome ingredients. Coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, honey and vanilla extract.

healthy hot chocolate ingredients

Apart from honey, you could also sweeten with raw sugar, coconut sugar or real maple syrup.

Making the hot chocolate is quite easy. First, put a teaspoon of cocoa powder into your mug.

stage 1

Can we talk about that shot for a minute? I love the action of the cocoa powder. I love photography!

Add in some honey. Oh honey!

stage 2

Next, add two tablespoons of water and heat for thirty seconds in a microwave. Then mix together the cocoa powder, honey, and water until smooth. (A little note: If you don’t have a microwave, check the printable recipe below for directions on how to make the drink on your stove top).

Now add in the coconut milk. I love this thing called coconut milk.

stage 3

And some drops of vanilla extract.

making healthy hot chcolate vanilla

Heat that up for 1-2 minutes then stir and enjoy ya life.

coconut hot chocolate

According to my oldest daughter; “this is the best hot chocolate I ever had.” She enjoyed it more than she enjoys the hot chocolate made with the pre-packaged mix. Win!

Don’t forget to check out Hadiza’s hot chocolate recipe. Click here to read it.

coconut hot chocolate healthy recipe

Coconut Hot Chocolate

5 from 5 votes
Hot chocolate made with coconut milk. Creamy and feels decadent but it isn't!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 serving


  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey - increase as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


To make in microwave

  • Put cocoa powder and honey in a mug. Add in two tablespoons of water and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix to ensure that all ingredients are incorporated. 
  • Add in coconut milk and vanilla and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Stir well and enjoy.

To make in pot

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of water and hot cocoa in a pot and whisk together until smooth. Add in the honey, vanilla and coconut milk then mix together until well-incorporated. Bring to a simmer then pour into a mug and enjoy.


Instead of honey, you could sweeten this hot chocolate with raw sugar, coconut sugar or real maple syrup.


Calories: 917kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 97g | Saturated Fat: 86g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 1015mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 15mg

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Calories: 917
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  1. Looks so delicious! Unfortunately I am allergic to coconuts but perhaps I can substitute coconut milk with Lactose free milk. Perhaps won’t be as creamy but will allow me to drink. I have been looking for African Hot Chocolate recipes and appreciate if you would share those you have.

    1. Hi Marie, yes you could replace coconut milk with lactose free milk. As for African Hot Chocolate recipes I will keep that in mind when planning new recipes. Hope you have a great new year!