Coconut Hot Chocolate

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In 7 minutes, you’ll have this creamy, delicious, comforting, and dairy-free Coconut Hot Chocolate ready.

When it’s cold outside, one of my favorite things to do is drink Hot Chocolate and cuddle up on the couch, living the soft life! You’ll love how easy it is to make this coconut version of hot chocolate.

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If you love hot cozy drinks, also check out our Honey Lemon Tea, Fever Grass Tea, and Ginger Drink.

Homemade Hot Cocoa

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 healthier, absolutely creamy, and delicious. So creamy that you will think it is as decadent as the classic 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.

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 so 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

The Ingredients

It begins with four awesome ingredients:

  1. Coconut milk: For creaminess. Get the coconut milk from the refrigerator section of your grocery store. Canned coconut milk isn’t ideal here. Use that for savory recipes like Coconut Curry Chicken.
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder: For the chocolate factor.
  3. Honey: For sweetness. You can substitute honey with agave or maple syrup.
  4. Vanilla extract: For flavor.
healthy hot chocolate ingredients

More substitutions for honey include raw sugar or coconut sugar. For a low-carb option, consider using Monk fruit sweetener.

See the recipe card below with a detailed list of ingredients and instructions.

How To Make Coconut Hot Chocolate

Making coconut hot chocolate is quite easy.

  • First, add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to a mug.
Cocoa powder pouring into a floral mug.

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

  • Then add some honey. Oh, honey! Or add your sweetener of choice.
Honey pouring into a floral mug.
  • 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 stovetop).

  • Now add in the coconut milk. I love this thing called coconut milk.
Carton pouring coconut milk into a floral mug.
  • And some drops of vanilla extract.
making healthy hot chcolate vanilla
  • Heat that up for 1 to 2 minutes in the microwave, then stir and enjoy ya life.
coconut hot chocolate

Hint: If you would love to avoid using the microwave, then use small pans to heat up the water and the coconut milk.

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.


Serve this Coconut Hot Chocolate as is or with the following homemade treats:

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coconut hot chocolate healthy recipe

Coconut Hot Chocolate

5 from 5 votes
Hot chocolate made with coconut milk. This Coconut Hot Chocolate is creamy, comforting, and feels decadent.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 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 on stovetop

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of water and hot cocoa in a medium 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.


Other sweeteners: Instead of honey, you could sweeten this hot chocolate with raw sugar, coconut sugar, agave, or real maple syrup.
Coconut milk: It is better to use boxed coconut milk (from the fridge section of the grocery) rather than canned coconut milk.


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 8mg

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Calories: 458
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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!

  2. Those pictures are superb! Makes it more inviting.
    Happy birthday to your girl Precious, she will continue to bring you joy in Jesus’ name.
    I tried commenting on here’s watsup some days ago but it didn’t post. The devil is a liar.

    1. The devil is a liar truly, mehn.
      Thanks for your sweet words, dear. The girl had fun on her birthday. Hopefully, I will share photos next week.

  3. Precious I love hot chocolate too and this recipe seems like a healthy option compared to the pre- mixed chocolate that leaves someone with kg of tummy fat to battle with.I will try your hot chocolate recipe someday.oh btw,you just keep getting my heart with your beautiful the mug shot,the display of the cocoa powder pouring into the mug! excellent job.

  4. Chai!!This is really enjoying ya life mehn!That cocoa powder pic dey burst my head.Love all the photos and yes I remember someone bringing me many tins of hot chocolate from the abroad and God I put on weight.Looking like there was a baby when there was none.Did that person mean me well??lol!!

    1. Hahaha Cheechee you made me laugh out loud at did that person mean you well? That’s eh regular hot chocolate sweet for mouth but not for the waistline.

  5. You’ve hit me on my soft spot! A hot cuppa chocolate AND it’s healthy too. The pictures make me feel so warm and cuddly. Alright, let me just stop right here before…..
    I love everything about this post. You’ve got your pic photography game going on gurl! Keep it up! Muah!

  6. Wow! God knows I love Hot Chocolate so much. But I haven’t tried it with coconut milk. Maybe I should give it a try.

    Nice my sister?

  7. Hot chocolate has always been my first love, but these days I’ve been taking more of coffee and tea to reduce my sugar intake. I should try this out. Thanks for sharing, you do a great job with recipes. Have you considered catering large scale?

    1. You should definitely try this, Zinny. It tastes decadent but it isn’t. It is a healthy alternative to regular hot chocolate.

    1. Thanks Chef Precious. I fell in love with your recipes at first sight on YouTube and thanks for ur genuineness.
      Can dia drink be served cold too? And what might be the storage life?