Single Serving Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

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. šŸ™‚

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!

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

Nutrition information was calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only. This information includes only the base recipe as it is written and does not contain optional ingredients.

*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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