Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

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Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is healthy homemade microwave hot cocoa made with only 3 simple ingredients!

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is healthy homemade microwave hot cocoa made with only 3 simple ingredients!

My life has been revolving around Christmas cookies, marshmallows and hot chocolate, but there are worse things aren’t there? 

At least I’ve squeezed some exercise and a few salads into the equation. 🙂

I’ve been photographing various recipes lately that required me to make quite a few mugs of hot chocolate.  I used dairy like I always have and gave all the hot chocolate away to my kids.

I don’t drink dairy any longer as I’m limiting my intake (basically I’d rather consume dairy in the form of cheese and butter), so I developed this Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate recipe so that I can enjoy some hot chocolate too.

Best decision ever.

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is healthy homemade microwave hot cocoa made with only 3 simple ingredients!

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

This dairy free hot chocolate recipe is so easy that it’s hard to call it a “recipe”.  It is nonetheless, and it eliminates the need for those hot chocolate packets with the list of ingredients that nobody can pronounce.

This easy hot chocolate recipe has only 3 simple ingredients that you’ll have no problem pronouncing!

cocoa powder

dairy free milk

sweetener of choice

You’ll have a warm mug of non dairy hot chocolate t-minus 2 minutes.

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is healthy homemade microwave hot cocoa made with only 3 simple ingredients!

How to make Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

As I mentioned, this dairy free hot cocoa not be easier!  Grab a mug and let’s get started.

Place the cocoa powder in your mug.  Add 2 tablespoons of the milk and your sweetener and combine with a small whisk or a spoon and mix until smooth.

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Whisk or stir in the remaining dairy free milk until smooth and heat in the microwave for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes.

Whisk or stir one more time and drink as-is or load up the optional toppings.

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Dairy free hot chocolate tips/substitutions

I use unsweetened almond milk for this recipe as I always have it on hand.  You may substitute with your favorite dairy free milk.  For very rich dairy free hot chocolate, use full fat coconut milk.

I like to use maple syrup in my hot chocolate, but granulated sugar or any type of sweetener will work fine.  I start with 2 teaspoons of sweetener because the marshmallows that I love topping my cocoa with contain plenty of sugar. 

If you’d like to prepare your hot chocolate recipe with real chocolate, add 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped or grated chocolate and whisk in with the larger amount of milk and proceed as directed.

Change things up by stirring in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract after the hot chocolate has been warmed in the microwave.

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is healthy homemade microwave hot cocoa made with only 3 simple ingredients!

More hot chocolate love:

Homemade Marshmallows with Chocolate and Peppermint

How to Make Marshmallows

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

Yield: 1 serving
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate is healthy homemade microwave hot cocoa made with only 3 simple ingredients!

Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (regular or dark)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or your favorite dairy free milk*
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or your favorite sweetener**

Optional:

  • Stir in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons chopped or grated dairy free chocolate for richer chocolate flavor
  • Top with homemade marshmallows or coconut cream

Instructions

  1. Place the cocoa powder in a mug. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk and sweetener, and mix with a mini whisk or spoon until smooth. Add the remaining milk and chopped chocolate if using, and whisk until well combined.
  2. Place in the microwave and cook for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes or until the desired temperature is reached. Add the extracts if using, and whisk or stir until smooth.
  3. Top with marshmallows, coconut cream if desired and enjoy!

Notes

  • *For very rich dairy free hot chocolate, use full fat coconut milk.
  • **I only use 2 teaspoons of sweetener because the marshmallows that I love topping my cocoa with contain plenty of sugar. Add more sweetener to suit your tastes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77 Total Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 182mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 8g Protein: 2g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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