Hot Chocolate With Coconut Milk

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

  2. 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.

  3. sarah hussain says:

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

  4. leah pesso says:

    i would definitely make truffles and bark with the chocolate!

  5. Andrea Cornaby says:

    I would use it to make a chocolate tart. And some hot chocolate!

  6. Maria Lynn says:

    Hot chocolate with chocolate covered strawberries…win win!!!

  7. Maria Lynn says:

    I liked Santa Barbara Chocolates.

  8. Maria Lynn says:

    I pinned 10 chocolate recipies

  9. Risë Wood Ruhl says:

    I would make Almond Joy bars, and lots and lots of truffles!

  10. Nancy Evans Wolff says:

    I would make this hot chocolate, perfect for a snowy day in Vermont!

  11. Nancy Evans Wolff says:

    Liked Santa Barbara Chocolate’s Facebook page.

  12. Nancy Evans Wolff says:

    Pinned 10 of your amazing recipes!

  13. Vanessa Moore says:

    i would be on a death by chocolate mission, brownies, triple chocolate cookies, mole sauce and a cake or 2

  14. Andrea Cornaby says:

    I pinned 10 and now I need some chocolate because I am dying to try some of them!

  15. Denise McGowin Wilkens says:

    Had a baby in July at the age of 43! Been eating clean for 3 months and have lost almost 20 pounds…I could really use some tasty chocolate right about now!!!

    1. Denise McGowin Wilkens says:

      Thank you! Been craving some quality chocolate! Can’t wait!!!

      1. graciouspantry says:

        My pleasure! I messaged you through facebook. If you can message me back your address, I’ll forward it to my contact. Congrats!

  16. Andrea Cornaby says:

    I liked Santa Barbara Chocolates~

  17. If I won this amazing chocolate, I would first have to try this amazing recipe and then I would have to eat some plain because dark chocolate is amazing! Afterwards I think I would find more recipes on this site as I usually buy chocolate and eat it before I make stuff!!

  18. Alexis Prokous says:

    this would be great to win!!!! it sounds amazing!!!!!! I would love to try some cookie recipes with it!!

  19. I figured out how to make a banana bread without any flour– and I put banana peels that had been soaked in vanilla extract on top. I shaved chocolate over the strips of banana peel and I was loving eating those pieces just on their own!!

    I would make that bread again with this chocolate.