Coconut Hot Chocolate

Coconut Hot Chocolate with golden spoon

This Coconut Hot Chocolate is thick, rich and so creamy! It has a striking cocoa flavor and is only slightly sweet. Don’t forget the mini marshmallows!

This recipe was originally published in December 2018. I updated the photos! 

For the very last recipe before the big day (Christmas!!), I wanted to keep it extra simple. A recipe that can be made in one pot in less than 5 minutes. A recipe that warms you to your toes. That’s exactly what this Coconut Hot Chocolate is!

Coconut Hot Chocolate in mug

Hot chocolate is one of my all time favorite beverages in the winter season. I love how warm, comforting and cozy it is. I also love that if I’m drinking hot chocolate, that means I’m most likely nestled under a fuzzy blanket watching one of my favorite shows on a weekend. Comfort food (or drink) at its finest!

Coconut Hot Chocolate with spoon and marshmallows

Ingredients to Make Coconut Hot Chocolate:

  • full fat coconut milk
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract
  • sugar of choice
  • marshmallows to top

How to Make Coconut Hot Chocolate:

I probably don’t need to walk you through how to make this. But just in case, here I am!

So let’s begin! This hot chocolate is made with full fat coconut milk. I love Trader Joe’s brand. It’s inexpensive and has a great flavor. I think you have to use full fat coconut milk in order to get that really intense richness to come through.

coconut milk can

If you want to have an additional coconut flavor, I recommend you use coconut sugar. However, you can also use just plain white granulated sugar. Want it refined sugar free? Substitute maple syrup or honey! Also, the only “chocolate” in this is the unsweetened cocoa powder. If you want it extra sweet, melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips into the mixture.

So, first, you’re going to want to place a small pot on your stove eye. Add in the full can of full fat coconut milk. It may separate (as in, there may be a layer of coconut cream with coconut milk on the bottom. If that’s the case, use a whisk to stir for 1-2 minutes until it all combines together into a creamy milk.

pot with Coconut Hot Chocolate ingredients

Directly to the same pot, add in your cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sugar. Simply whisk everything together until combined and creamy.

whisking ingredients in pot

creamy coconut milk hot chocolate in pot

It’s pretty simple from there. Whisk occasionally until it’s fully warmed. Pour into your favorite mug (mine is this one – from Target!) and enjoy!

pouring in cup

I topped mine with a ton of mini-marshmallows and a pinch of salt. Mini marshmallows are something I must have with hot chocolate. Whipped cream isn’t my favorite because it always melts into the drink. The marshmallows stay whole and sweet and delicious.

hands holding cup

I hope you drink this until your heart is warmed to the core! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

close up of 2 hands holding mug of Coconut Hot Chocolate

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like!

Fudgy Peppermint Mocha Brownies 

White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Gingerbread Oatmeal

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5 from 2 votes

Coconut Hot Chocolate

This Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate is thick, rich and so creamy! It has a striking cocoa flavor and is only slightly sweet. Don’t forget the mini marshmallows!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut hot chocolate, coconut milk hot chocolate, creamy coconut hot chocolate
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Haylie


  • 1 13.5 oz. can of full fat coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (depending on how how cocoa-y you want it)
  • 2-3 tbsp white granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • mini marshmallows (for garnish)


  1. In a medium pot on medium heat, add your can of coconut milk. If it seperated in the can, whisk until it's all combined (about 1-2 minutes). Add in your unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sugar. Mix together until combined and creamy. 

  2. Let warm on the stove, stirring occasionally, for around 5 minutes. Once warmed, pour into your favorite mug. Top with lots of mini marshmallows if desired! 


4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Love hot chocolate this time of year and especially during Christmas! And ya gotta have marshmallows 😉 I’m such a huge fan of coconut milk so I know I’d really enjoy this recipe. Plus, I just happen to have all ingredients on hand – YAY! We’re having lots of relax time, which I’m so happy about. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are enjoying the holidays, my friend! Cheers!

    1. Thank you SO much, Dawn!! And yes…you gotta have the marshmallows for hot chocolate! Hope you had an awesome Christmas my friend! Happy New Year!

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