Hot Cocoa

As a kid, I dreaded decorating the Christmas tree. My artistic sister had a strict ornament placement strategy. I’d put an ornament on the tree. Moments later, she would remove it and position it in a manner that met her standards. I realized I was just slowing her down and eventually didn’t want to participate.

I now look forward to decorating the Christmas tree. Not because my sister lives in another state and my ornaments stay put, but because I always make hot cocoa to sip while my husband and I decorate.

Unlike decorating the Christmas tree, I’ve never dreaded hot cocoa. However, I didn’t love it either. I always wanted to love it… I love chocolate and hot drinks. But for some reason I always found hot cocoa mediocre. Finally, I decided to play around until I perfected a recipe that I find rich, creamy, and savory. It took me three years, but it was well worth the wait.

Each cup is 191 calories and worth every last bit. Check out the nutritional information section at the bottom of this page.

Total Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
Yields: 4 servings



  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract


  1. With a whisk, mix unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and water in a saucepan until smooth.
  2. Continuing to stir, heat over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat, simmer, and stir until sugar has dissolved (approximately two minutes).
  3. Slowly stir in almond milk. Stir until smooth. Heat until milk becomes very hot. Do not boil.
  4. Remove from heat. Add coconut milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Top with coconut or soy whipped cream, if desired.


  • Vegetarian and vegan
  • If you prefer a sweeter hot cocoa, add up to 1/4 cup of additional sugar.
  • Replace the sugar with a sweetener to reduce calories.
  • For additional flavor, add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.


Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Servings per batch 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 81 (42%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Monounsaturated Fat2g
Polyunsaturated Fat1g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Potassium145mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 46%
Iron 8%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


Hot Cocoa was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by Audrey

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