Hot Chocolate With Coconut Milk

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This hot chocolate with coconut milk is rich, creamy and it’s hiding a secret!

I should warn you, this is like drinking pure, creamy, melted chocolate. It’s thick, rich, waaaaaaayyyy creamy, and will definitely satisfy any craving you could ever have for chocolate.

Recently, I received what seems like a lifetime supply of baking chocolate. So I started thinking about all the possibilities and I should just tell you that you may be seeing quite a few chocolate recipes coming your way over the course of the new year.

A close up shot of a white mug sitting on a white saucer filled with this Clean Eating Coconut Hot Chocolate.

But I finally decided on making hot chocolate because Mini Chef and I had a planned afternoon of cookie baking. And what goes better with cookies than hot chocolate???

So we turned on some music (Dean Martin to be exact), and pulled out a big pot. But then it dawned on me that regular milk is not part of my eating plan any longer. So I grabbed a couple cans of light coconut milk, a little unsure of what the final result would be or if I would be left to drink an entire pot of coconut hot chocolate because Mini Chef didn’t like it.

Well, I can tell you that was NOT a problem! This chocolate was just so rich and dreamy-creamy that the two of us nearly ended up wrestling for the last few sips. Good thing he’s cute, or I would have tackled him for that last little bit.

I can’t even begin to describe really, the decadence that this chocolate produced in that pot. It was like a thousand angels decided to sprinkle magic chocolate dust into my pot. And with Mini Chef doing all the stirring, it was no bother at all to make!

I should warn you that this coconut hot chocolate is very thick and very creamy. It’s truly more like drinking melted chocolate instead of regular hot chocolate. I suppose you could add more coconut milk to tone it down a bit, but why would you want to do that???!!! And if you have some left over, you can always make delicious popsicles with this. It’s a win-win!

Please note, this should be served in small glasses and in small amounts. A little of this stuff goes a long way and will definitely soothe the chocolate-craving tiger in you!


I had some left over so I just stuck it in the fridge overnight thinking I would let Mini Chef have some after school the next day. Well, as far as happy accidents go, what I found the next day could not have made me any happier. It turned into pudding!!!!


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Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk

This deliciously creamy hot chocolate recipe has a secret! When you chill it in the fridge overnight, it turns into pudding! Just note that temperature control and stirring are the secret to getting this right.
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 2 15 oz. cans light coconut milk
  • 1 cup 100% pur cocoa baking chocolate (unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract (I used bourbon vanilla)
  • 1 dash ground cinnamon (sprinkled over the top for serving)


  • Pour the coconut milk into a pot and turn the heat on medium-low.
  • Add in the chocolate and begin stirring. It will melt relatively quickly, but you must stir constantly to avoid it burning on the bottom of your pot.
  • The more the chocolate melts, the more you can raise the heat. But be sure you NEVER turn the heat up all the way. You don't want to cook this on high. Medium high should be the highest you go. This should simmer rather than boil.
  • When everything is melted and nicely combined, quickly stir in your vanilla extract and remove from heat.
  • Add honey to taste (the above measurement was what tasted good to me. But you can adjust).
  • Pour into cups and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3mg

This recipe is from the Gracious Pantry archives. Originally posted 12/19/12.

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  1. The first thing I would make is this hot chocolate recipe, we’ll drink some and let some turn into pudding. Next I’ll make brownies.

  2. Laurie B. says:

    I saw this recipe and can’t wait to try it! It will have to wait though for me to get the needed items, since I’m in the middle of a snow storm right now 🙁

  3. Kryss Fick Roch says:

    Chocolate truffles, chocolate cream pie, and sipping chocolate.

  4. Kryss Fick Roch says:

    I likedSanta Barbara Chocolate on Facebook.

  5. Amber Green Scameheorn says:

    I am sooo excited by this recipe, I can’t wait to try it! If I win, I’d definitely be making this. And the mocha latte… along with some brownie waffles. Ooooh, and the mug cake! And I can’t lie, I might just eat some of it straight. 🙂

  6. Amber Green Scameheorn says:

    I liked Santa Barbara Chocolate’s Facebook page. It makes me hungry.

  7. Andrea Chapin says:

    I would make chocolate waffles, chocolate pumpkin cookies, and chocolate almond bread pudding!

  8. I’d start off with making this yummy looking hot chocolate. and then let it turn to pudding. Then I’d probably eat alot of it just plain. Dark chocolate is my go to snack.

  9. Lisa Blakley says:

    I love the hot chocolate recipe! Especially the surprise pudding!!! If I won chocolate, I would try the hot chocolate (my fav), refrigerate over night and enjoy the pudding! I would also make death by chocolate cookies! Chocolate is my favorite food, especially the dark variety. Merry Christmas!

  10. I would probably make a yummy “clean” chocolate cake with some kind of chocolate filling and then chocolate frosting to top it off!

  11. i am a fan of Santa Barbara’s Chocolate Facebook page!

  12. Cyndi Bigley says:

    Good Gracious I have four outstanding young people between the ages of 23-27
    who’s respectful workaholic values and uplifting character pays off big time to
    all of us fortunate enough to around them every day! I would love to make them my ..up until now…secret “light and crunchy” recipe for cold pressed flax candy which needs the Auburn Cocoa Powder . Did you know Cold Pressed Flax Seeds has equal amounts of fiber to carbs? That’s good news for us watching our sugar/carbs! Just add 1 tbs of sugar, or your chosen healthy granulated – not liquid -sweetener, a 1/4 tsp/dash, and I mean a dash of salt, 1 cup organic cold pressed flax seeds and mix together in a bowl. Then take one green tomato slice (save the rest for relish or more candy later) and smash it up, blend it, or purify it until its mushy and add it to the flax by smashing it into it. Make sure the tomato separates into pieces or clumps in the bowl. Now take 1 tbs of your favorite healthy oil such as coconut – or canola and heat it in a smal pan, I use cast iron for the health benefits over medium high heat for arox 4 minutes or until a dab of the crumbly mixture floats when you drop it into the oil. Fry for one or two minutes until brown and remove with a slotted spoon or tonges and allow to drain on paper towel until it returns to room temperature, about 20 minutes. This is critical becuase it hardens at room temperature and not before! Enjoy! I would certainly”graciously” share any
    of the prizes with my truly extraordinary family and with the children and
    valuable others they spend their time with every day! Here’s the reasons why I
    should spread around these great prizes! First for my first grandchild whom is
    on the way! Yes, that’s right and my son-in-law who is due to be a first time
    father on Mother’s day 2013! My son-in-law’s name is Doug and he earned the
    Paramedic of the year award for 2012, two weeks ago and he surely deserves some
    goodies, he and my son Chad, also an awesome paramedic, accompany the children’s
    Paramedic/EMT emergency pediatric transport downtown. Chad, 23 also attends,
    pays for and makes the grades for his full time nursing/medical school education
    and he supports himself and his own accommodations…at 23! He surely deserves
    some goodies I and his two sisters could make for him! Doug and Chad are lucky
    men already though as Doug is husband to my lovely and very pregnant eldest
    daughter, Elisabeth, a graphic designer, who loves to make, and share her with
    her brother Chad, candy and raised money for charity that way as a teenager, in
    fact she has always dreamed of having her own homemade candy store! But that’s
    not all,… Chad encourages and uplifts others every day through his daily
    advice and good works on face-book…but wait…yes there’s more…Chad has
    another sister, my gracious daughter Tori, who adores him and frankly all of us
    so much I know she would find a way to make the chocolate extraordinary as she
    greets cheerfully, and playfully, every child and weary parent each day in her
    retail department store job while completing her dual degree elementary and
    special needs teaching program at the University oF Florida! Whew, that’s so
    many good gracious blessings at once, I hope you will allow me to make use of
    and provide any of the prizes and/or chocolate to sweeten up our lives in a
    healthy and happy way! Thanks for being awesome and continue your Graciousness!

  13. Dawn Schnitker Roby says:

    If I won I would make the Chocolate Chip cookies again and the hot chocolate- except I would wait to have it as the pudding!

  14. Wow! That looks amazing! I would definitely make your hot chocolate with that awesome chocolate!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I liked santa barbara chocolate on facebook! Their chocolate looks amazing!

  16. Nicole Vallencourt says:

    oh the things I could make with this! Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter banana ice cream, brownies, hot chocolate, chocolate coconut balls, microwave mug cake…the list is endless!

  17. Cheryl Boone says:

    No mistake, 1: hot chocolate, clean of course, 2: some for eating, 3: dipped strawberries, bananas and cake pieces!

  18. Cheryl Boone says:

    4: (lol, just thought of it) cholated dipped marshmallows! There, I’m done!

  19. I liked Santa Barbara Chocolate on FB

  20. If I won the chocolate, first, I would make that decadent hot chocolate then I would melt some down for fondue!

  21. Annie Gemmell says:

    I would certainly make this recipe if I won the contest. I would also use it to make a flour-less tart that I make every Christmas eve for dessert.

  22. sarah hussain says:

    If I win I will my husband is gonna enjoy some clean chocolate mousse and truffles

  23. leah pesso says:

    i would definitely make truffles and bark with the chocolate!