Drinks | December 15, 2020

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

Creamy, dreamy, rich and smooth Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate.  Made with real chocolate and topped with toasted coconut – this cocoa recipe will top any version from your coffee shop.

Coconut milk hot chocolate in white mugs. They are topped with whipped cream and garnished with rosemary.

What Is Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate?

This recipe is a twist on classic hot chocolate.  It starts with canned coconut milk combined with cows milk and warmed, and also some real chocolate melted in!  I went with chocolate chips, because I wanted it to be rich and delicious and didn’t think cocoa powder would give me the taste I was looking for. This coconut milk hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut and for perfection!  This is the perfect cup of goodness to snuggle up with on the couch.

An overhead view of coconut hot chocolate in two mugs. There are orange slices scattered around as well as two small bowls contained shredded coconut and chocolate chunks.

What Do I Need To Make Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate?

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 15 oz canned coconut milk
  • 16 oz low fat cows milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • whipped cream

Ingredients needed to make coconut hot cocoa.

How do you make coconut hot chocolate from scratch?

If you can stir, you can make this divine hot cocoa.  Let me show you how:

1. In a small skillet add sweetened coconut flakes.  Over medium heat toast, stirring frequently, until golden brown.  Set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, add cows milk.

3. Pour in canned coconut milk.

4. Add chocolate chips. Using medium heat, stir until chocolate chips start to melt.

How to toast coconut and make hot cocoa.

5. Add 1 tsp coconut extract.

6. Stir and cook until frothy and chocolate is completely combined.

7. Pour into four mugs.

8. Top with whipped cream and reserved toasted coconut.

How to make coconut milk hot chocolate.

Coconut Hot Cocoa Q&A

Can I use all coconut milk?

Yes! I would recommend using the coconut milk from a carton in place of the dairy milk.  The canned milk is too thick to use in place of the cow’s milk.

Is coconut milk better than cow’s milk?

Coconut milk has fewer nutrients than dairy milk. While many brands of coconut milk provide calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, these nutrients are all fortified.

What’s the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?

Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder. Hot chocolate is a liquid made from cocoa beans. Even though the terms are used interchangeably by many chocoholics, the two hot beverages are not the same.

Two mugs filled with coconut hot cocoa. There are bottle brush trees in the background.

Warm Drinks And Gettin’ Cozy

There is something about gettin’ cozy in the cooler months.  I love warm lazy pants and snuggling under a blanket.  A cup of warm something is perfect for the season and I promise you won’t regret this recipe.  It is one of my favorites along with:

An overhead shot of three mugs filled with coconut milk hot chocolate. They are all topped with whipped cream.

Variations

Making hot chocolate from scratch comes with the ability to alter the taste to your linking,

  • Use dark chocolate chips for a richer flavor
  • Use whole milk for a thicker texture.
  • Use skim milk to make it lighter.

A 3/4 angle of a white mug filled with coconut milk hot cocoa. There is a spoon in the glass as well as a rosemary sprig.

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Coconut milk hot chocolate in white mugs. They are topped with whipped cream and garnished with rosemary.
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Creamy, dreamy, rich and smooth Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate.  Made with real chocolate and topped with toasted coconut - this cocoa recipe will top any version from your coffee shop.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut hot cocoa, winter drink
Servings: 4
Calories: 535 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup sweetened flake coconut
  • 16 ounces low fat cows milk
  • 1 15 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In a small skillet add sweetened coconut flakes.  Over medium heat toast, stirring frequently, until golden brown.  Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, add cows milk.
  3. Pour in canned coconut milk.
  4. Add chocolate chips. Using medium heat, stir until chocolate chips start to melt.
  5. Add 1 tsp coconut extract.
  6. Stir and cook until frothy and chocolate is completely combined.
  7. Pour into four mugs.
  8. Top with whipped cream and reserved toasted coconut.
Recipe Notes

Coconut Hot Cocoa Q&A

Can I use all coconut milk?

Yes! I would recommend using the coconut milk from a carton in place of the dairy milk.  The canned milk is too thick to use in place of the cow's milk.

Is coconut milk better than cow's milk?

Coconut milk has fewer nutrients than dairy milk. While many brands of coconut milk provide calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, these nutrients are all fortified.

What's the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?

Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder. Hot chocolate is a liquid made from cocoa beans. Even though the terms are used interchangeably by many chocoholics, the two hot beverages are not the same.

Variations

Making hot chocolate from scratch comes with the ability to alter the taste to your linking,

  • Use dark chocolate chips for a richer flavor
  • Use whole milk for a thicker texture.
  • Use skim milk to make it lighter.
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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