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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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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  1. Does the coconut milk give it a very coconut-y flavor? I’m not a huge coconut fan, but I am a HUGE chocolate fan!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I personally couldn’t taste the coconut. But I’m very used to drinking coconut milk. To me, it was very chocolatey.

  2. Kim Hawkins says:

    Omg!!! I was thinking about making some carmalized apples with chocolate all over them and candy sprinkles. That chocolate would make them heaven!!!!

  3. Sarah Gerten Huaman says:

    I would cover all sorts of stuff in chocolate…..almonds, walnuts, cranberries 🙂

  4. Sarah Gerten Huaman says:

    I’ve liked Santa Barbabra Chocolate on FB!

  5. Silvia Sanchez says:

    This delicious looking coconut hot chocolate is at the top of my list follow by chocolate dip strawberries. Yum!

  6. I pinned 10 of your clean chocolate recipes!

  7. Tirzah Wood Bourque says:

    The list is long…. I would make this hot chocolate and some chocolate cupcakes. Love some chocolate!!!

  8. Tirzah Wood Bourque says:

    Like Santa Barbara’s Chocolate FB Page.

  9. Tirzah Wood Bourque says:

    I pinned 10 of your chocolate recipes.

  10. T.Rae Maestas says:

    aside from making this fabulous coconut milk hot cocoa, i will attempt mexican mole, homemade Twix bars and bounds of delicious dessert things, especially my favorite, Mud pie! 😉 p.s. liked SBC on FB & pinned 10 on Pinterest

    need my chocolate fix! 😀

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Hey T. Rae!! That mole sounds yummy!!

  11. Oh my, I’d start with your coconut hot cocoa and work my way thru most of the chocolate recipes on your blog! Cookies, fondue, turtles…

  12. I liked the Santa Barbara Facebook page!

  13. Coconut hot chocolate yummy. I also liked Santa Barbara Chocolate on fb & pinned 10 clean chocolate recipes 🙂

  14. Becky Kupsky-Gross says:

    This coconut hot chocolate looks absolutely sinful!!!!!!!!!!! I definitely will be making that for Christmas! No calories in holiday food and drink, right?!?!

  15. Alissa Barry says:

    I “liked” the Santa Barbara FB page! 🙂

  16. Love this recipe! If I won all that chocolate I would definitely be making this! Brownies too!

  17. charrington says:

    LIKED Santa Barbara Chocolates!

  18. Kat McPherran says:

    I would cover yummy nuts and dried fruits (thank you Excalibur dehydrator!) in cholate and I would BAKE, BAKE, BAKE! That’s all I ever do!

  19. Kat McPherran says:

    Liked the page, commented already and pinned 10 of my faves 🙂

  20. charrington says:

    Pinned 10 clean chocolate recipes…!!!!

  21. Love love love this, it’s getting colder here, enjoying it even more!!!

  22. Maria E. Delgado says:

    MY WORD!!!! I need this!

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  24. E. Hernandez says:

    I ALWAYS add sweet potato purée to my hot chocolate for my kids. It adds dome nutrients and thickens the texture. I just roast, purée and freeze little cubes ahead of time. Though you wouldn’t need to thicken this recipe!

    1. E. Hernandez – No, this one is pretty thick. But I do have a sweet potato hot chocolate recipe on my blog. 🙂

  25. I’m not familiar with this chocolate. Your recipe says 100% cocoa, but baking chocolate. Is this shaped more measurably like chocolate chips, or in bar form? Recipe sounds delicious!

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