Healthy Paleo Hot Chocolate – made with 5 ingredients in the microwave with almond milk and sweetened with maple syrup. Paleo, dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, clean eating, healthy living, real food.

Hot chocolate in a clear mug topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate

We’ve put up our Christmas tree. Our house is decorated with lights. We hung up our stockings, including our newest one for baby Ryan this year. It’s really feeling like Christmas.

Which has me craving hot chocolate, coziness, and holiday movies. And not just any hot chocolate. My beyond delicious, healthy paleo hot chocolate.

Hand holding hot chocolate in a clear mug topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate

Paleo Hot Chocolate Secret Ingredient

This hot chocolate is made with a very essential, secret ingredient that I didn’t find in other paleo hot cocoas. Cocoa butter!

The cocoa butter adds a richness and silkiness that takes this hot chocolate over the top. Cocoa butter is the fat that is pressed out of the cocoa bean. It tastes like chocolate, even though it has no sweetness. (If you don’t have cocoa butter see notes of a good substitution.)

cocoa butter and cocoa butter melted in almond milk

How to Make Paleo Hot Chocolate

The rest of the ingredients are very simple. Almond milk (I prefer homemade, but store bought works also), cocoa powder, maple syrup, and a pinch of kosher salt.

But use what you have. You can substitute any non dairy milk of your choosing. Or sweeten this with honey, date paste, or coconut sugar.

pouring hot chocolate into a clear mug

To keep this simple I heat up the almond milk and cocoa butter in the microwave. The stove top works as well.

To make sure the cocoa powder gets blended fully, I like to combine it in the blender over low speed for just 30 seconds.

Hot chocolate in a clear mug topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate

The resulting paleo hot chocolate is rich, decadent, velvety, and everything you want in a hot chocolate. It’s almost like a sipping chocolate. Top it with some coconut whipped cream and you have the perfect warm treat for cold winter nights around the Christmas tree.

Enjoy it guilt free since it is so healthy! Paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan, clean eating, healthy living, real food.

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Paleo Hot Chocolate


  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
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Ingredients

11/2 cups almond milk

1 teaspoon cocoa butter

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons maple syrup

pinch of kosher salt

coconut whipped cream topping, optional


Instructions

Heat the almond milk and cocoa butter in a microwave safe container for 3 minutes.

Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and pinch of salt. Whisk to combine. (Or combine them in a blender over low speed)

Serve warm, topped with coconut whipped cream.


Notes

If you don’t have cocoa butter, you can substitute coconut oil! Use refined coconut oil if you don’t like the taste of coconut.

Hot chocolate in a clear mug topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate

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