Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

With the weather getting cooler, I’m excited to enjoy warm beverages again. We’ve been kicking back outside at night and it is so cozy! And if you’ve only experienced hot chocolate from a Swiss Miss pouch then you are definitely missing out! At least that’s what I discovered when I made homemade hot chocolate for the first time. Whoa, so yummy!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Get ready for the duh moment but using real ingredients made it taste SO much better. Shocking, right? I’m lactose intolerant so I substituted almond milk for regular milk, which made it extra rich and creamy. And hot chocolate is not the same without mini marshmallows and my new favorite thing – a cinnamon stick. Read on for the recipe!

Hot Chocolate

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (you can use dairy-free chocolate chips if you want it to be completely lactose free)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups plain unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ t. vanilla

Whisk together water and chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Stir from time to time, until the chocolate melts and the mix is well combined. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Increase the heat and bring the liquid close to the boiling point, then stir continuously for 2 minutes. Add almond milk and vanilla gradually, while continuing to stir. Cook until the perfect consistency. Serve in your favorite mug and top with marshmallows!

For an interesting twist, add a tiny (and I mean tiny) pinch of cayenne. It gives it a great kick that nicely balances with the sweet.

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate


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  1. says

    I think I’ll try this right now…my feet are cold and so are my hands and I happen to have all the ingredients!
    It’s the little things in life that brighten your day, thanks for posting this :)

  2. Joni says

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I’m also lactose intolerant. The recipe that I had used before called for cocoa powder. Too too bitter for my taste. I will try this one for sure.

    • gerbermom says

      I substitute almond milk for anything calling for regular milk and I never even notice the difference. It’s my favorite of the milk alternatives!

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