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Hot cocoa made with cocoa powder and maple syrup. Paleo, dairy-free, and vegan.

Photography Credit:Sabrina Modelle

Hot cocoa may be the most comforting beverage of all time. And while I have fond childhood memories of packets of hot cocoa with tiny hard marshmallows, my taste in hot chocolate has become slightly more sophisticated as an adult.

This Paleo hot chocolate is high on the cocoa content, lower on sugar. It’s sweetened with dark amber maple syrup and gets a flavor boost from espresso powder.

Make a double batch of the cocoa syrup base and store it in the fridge so you can have truly great hot chocolate in the time it takes to heat up some milk!

For the milk component of this hot chocolate, use any type you like. For a rich vegan version, try full fat coconut milk. It’s also excellent with hazelnut, cashew, or almond milk. It also works beautifully with full fat or low fat dairy milk.

Add as much or as little of the chocolate syrup as you like. I generally add about two tablespoons (one ounce) of syrup for every cup (8 ounces) of milk. With this ratio, you’ll end up with a mug of hot cocoa that’s not cloyingly sweet.

Though there are no tiny marshmallows, you can treat yourself to a dollop of whipped cream and some finely chopped chocolate on top. Drink it on the couch with a cozy blanket and a good book!

Paleo Hot Cocoa Recipe


For the chocolate syrup:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon espresso powder (optional)

To serve:

  • 1 cup milk per person (like coconut milk, almond milk, dairy milk, or other favorite milk)
  • Sweetener of your choice, like maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • Coconut whipped cream (optional)
  • Dark chocolate shavings (optional)


1 Bring the water to a boil in the microwave or on the stovetop.

2 Make the cocoa syrup: Place the cocoa powder and salt in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over top. Whisk until combined. Let sit five minutes. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, and espresso powder. Stir to combine.

The syrup is ready to use immediately, or let it cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. This chocolate syrup will last in the fridge for several weeks.

3 Make the cocoa: Warm the milk (1 cup or so per person) in the microwave or on the stovetop. Transfer to a mug and stir in 2 tablespoons of syrup per cup. Taste and add additional syrup or sweetener if desired.

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Paleo (and AIP) Pre-made Hot Chocolate Mix

Want an easy way to make Paleo hot chocolate (and AIP too) without any hassle? This mix can be made ahead of time and all you need to do is scoop out a bit, add your fave dairy-free milk, heat, and drink!

When you've got that craving for some hot chocolate, but the mixes from the store are a no-go because they (a) contain tons of yucky ingredients or (b) cost more than the mortgage on your house, what do you do?

It's seriously easy to do – takes like 5 minutes from start to finish, and then you have a pre-made mix you can use to have hot chocolate in minutes.

Makes a Fantastic Gift Idea

It also makes a fantastic gift idea to give to someone.

It's inexpensive and easy to make, and something they can actually use!

I suggest putting it in a clear cellophane bag and maybe placing it in a pretty mug. Add a card with instructions and you are set!

See below for a free printable that I have whipped up that you can use as the gift tag.

And if you so choose, you can also give them homemade marshmallows as well! (Which are Paleo & AIP-compliant)

How to Make the Paleo Hot Chocolate Mix

I made a Facebook Live video about this showing you how easy it is to make (posted on YouTube so everyone can watch it)

Free Printable Hot Chocolate Gift Tag!

It's a PDF document so all you need to do is open it up and print and cut apart with scissors.

No fancy crafting skills needed!

This is best if you print it on cardstock (you know, for the gift tag-y effect) but I don't think anyone would mind if just use regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper.


1. Pour 1 cup of coconut milk in to a microwaveable mug, and heat coconut milk in microwave for 1 minute.

2. Add in cocoa powder and honey. Here’s the deal with the honey. If you don’t care for sweetness much or if you are using sweetened cocoa powder, you can skip it all together. If you’re not sure how sweet you want it, start small (1/2 tsp of honey) and then increase amount until your desired sweetness!

3. Stir well! The heated coconut milk should help do the trick of getting it well blended. If you were to do this in cold coconut milk it would be hard.

How to Make Paleo Hot Chocolate

I like to make this recipe on the stove top. It doesn't take long to heat up and I prefer this method to the microwave. However, the microwave will work.

First, combine the almond milk, coconut cream and maple syrup in a small sauce pan. Place the pan on the stove top and turn the heat to medium. Cook the mixture on medium heat, stirring every so often, until it starts to simmer.

Then, blend in the cacao powder. Tip: use a milk frother to blend in the cacao powder.

Pour the hot chocolate into a mug (or two miniature kids mugs) and drink! You may also top your hot chocolate with anything from whipped cream to marshmallows for an extra treat.

8 Paleo Hot Chocolates to Cozy Up With

Hot chocolate is not one of the things you’ll need to give up on Paleo, but you won’t be able to use the packets of cocoa found in stores. Make your own healthier version of hot chocolate with ingredients that won’t leave you feeling groggy later. Several different styles to choose from.

1. Antioxidant Superfood Hot Chocolate
Instead of dehydrated marshmallows, this hot chocolate gives you a superfood. That’s the perfect way to sum up Paleo cooking, you leave out the bad and infuse things with much better ingredients. She’s using raw cacao, which has antioxidants in it, as well as healing spices like turmeric and cinnamon to really amp up the nutrition. All the while it tastes great and will not only comfort you on a cold day, but will make it so your body is benefiting from it on the inside.

2. “Good For You” Hot Cocoa
Organic almond milk and cocoa powder are all that’s really needed to make a Paleo friendly hot chocolate. She adds in a bit of salt, some vanilla extract and some stevia in order to polish it off.

The trick is the preparation, which you want to study carefully and follow step by step because this isn’t just a matter of adding hot water to a packet of mostly sugar. When properly prepared this is going to give you the much needed blast of warmth and chocolate goodness that you’re wanting, without refined sugars and other additives.

3. Mexican Hot Chocolate
This Mexican hot chocolate is a real treat for Paleo followers. Not only does it provide rich, chocolatey taste, but you get to put marshmallows in it as well! It’s not everyday that you find out that you can have something as novel as marshmallows on Paleo. Allison provides the recipe to make your own marshmallows using ingredients that are all Paleo friendly. When added to this delicious hot chocolate it really puts it over the top in terms of taste and adds that fun factor you’re looking for.

Photo: Hollywood Homestead

4. Rainy Day Paleo Hot Chocolate
Here’s a hot chocolate that’s great for a rainy day, or perhaps a cold and snowy day depending on which part of the world you are. This contains absolutely no dairy, and has no refined sugar to speak of, so all you’re getting is chocolate and maple syrup for the sweetener. One thing you’ll notice on Paleo is that comfort foods actually do make you feel good, without causing any regret along the way. You still get your steamy cup of chocolate, without worrying about putting on weight because of all the sugar or having digestive problems from the dairy.

Photo: Allergy Free Alaska

5. Dairy Free Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint makes a great addition to hot chocolate, and totally changes the way it tastes. It provides a cooling mint sensation which provides a nice contrast to the hot, chocolate taste of the rest of the beverage. Almond milk is used as the base ingredient, and this is something you’ll want to be careful about when purchasing from the store. Not all almond milk is created equally, and a lot of it isn’t Paleo. To get around this try our super simple almond milk recipe which is just two ingredients and two steps.

6. Chai Spiced Paleo Hot Chocolate
Adding the taste of chai to hot chocolate gives you the best of both worlds. It’s like having a chai latte only with chocolate as well, and the two tastes complement each other nicely. It’s as easy as using a chai tea bag mixed with Paleo style hot chocolate so you won’t have to deal with any dairy or sugar problems. The best part is that there are only a handful of ingredients, so you can keep them well stocked to help you through the cold months and keep your spirits up.

7. Calming Hot Chocolate
This is a sugar-free hot chocolate that offers even more comfort that a typical cup of cocoa. It has chamomile tea brewed right into it, so you will be getting all of the benefits of this calming tea with the deliciousness of hot chocolate. There’s also magnesium powder added to help calm you down even further. If you’re having a stressful day and the weather is cold and bleak you can use this as an all-natural tranquilizer that will bring you back to a state of calm and composure.

8. White Hot Chocolate
This is a white hot chocolate recipe that doesn’t use white chocolate, but uses cacao butter instead. It uses vanilla stevia to amp up the vanilla taste and is sure to provide you with all of the creamy flavor you’re looking for. This makes a great hot chocolate for when you’re a little tired of traditional hot chocolate and want to shake things up a bit. It has a different flavor and texture and is definitely worth trying once to see how you like it. Who knows, it may become your new favorite.

Homemade Holiday: Paleo Hot Cocoa Mix

I am a creature always in search of the easy button when it comes to cooking up food in the kitchen. Yes, in my past I was considered a convenience food junkie. All of my food come in packages or cans and it was a lot of work retraining myself to cook up food from scratch. However, one of the foods I missed the most was hot chocolate . There is just something about sitting on the sofa watching my favorite TV shows and drinking a hot cup of hot chocolate. It was time to dig deep and come up with a Paleo hot chocolate mix so I could do this in an instant rather than a good 10 minutes. Yes, I am that lazy sometimes

This trick was to find a milk powder and lucky for me Wilderness Natural’s makes a coconut milk powder. This would make a wonderful homemade gift!

Paleo Hot Cocoa

Paleo Hot Cocoa screams winter to me. It’s one of my favorite holiday drinks and it remains special because it’s one of those staples that only comes out once the temperature drops.

Most traditional hot chocolates are full of sugar (at best), and (at worst) they can be full of chemicals, or modified and artificial ingredients. They may taste good, but if you have an autoimmune condition, inflammatory sugars and artificial chemicals are the last thing you need to be drinking! You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health to enjoy your holidays.

After changing my diet to better my health, I was challenged to find new ways of making my old favs. Hot Coco was one of those new recipes I taught myself to make. After a few rounds of experimentation, I came up with a delicious, healthy and simple solution! Seriously, it’s only three ingredients! This recipe is also kid approved, which my fellow moms know, means it is goooooood!

Paleo Hot Chocolate Mix

I DID IT. I freakin love hot chocolate. I have the fondest memories of getting home from water polo practice or swimming growing up and being freezing so my mom would make me a piping mug of hot cocoa. It is so comforting and the perfect dessert on a cold night. I love having a mix on hand so when you are tired at the end of the day you can just add some hot water and voila! This combo is so easy but an essential part is some coconut milk powder – which luckily is easy to find on amazon HERE. Matt and I have been enjoying a mug of these for the past few nights and we either top them with coconut milk whipped cream or smashmallows! I also recommend adding a dash of peppermint schnapps to your hot cocoa because its DELISH.

If you look at a standard store bought hot cocoa the first two ingredients are sugar and corn syrup solids, followed by a list of vegetable oils and a bunch of words you can’t pronounce. It is insane. Especially when you see how easy it is to make this recipe. Using coconut sugar sweetens it beautifully and is not refined like typical white sugar and coconut milk powder keeps it dairy free while still super creamy and delish!

Doesn’t that just look so incredible??

Topped with dairy free whipped cream! Reddi Whip now makes both an almond milk and coconut milk option and they are both delicious.

This powder will get me through the colder months and I hope it does for you too!

About the ingredients in Paleo Hot Cocoa Mix

Coconut milk powder — I’ve seen some of my favorite brands, like Primal Kitchens and Vital Proteins, introduce powdered creamers with a base of coconut milk powder. (Such as this Coconut Protein Creamer, which I love in my morning tea.) It turns out that coconut milk powder also makes a creamy base for a dairy-free hot cocoa mix. Coconut milk powder is available here.

Coconut sugar — This unrefined sweetener made with coconut sap, higher in minerals and lower in glycemic index than refined sugar. It’s less sweet than refined sugar, also lends a slight brown sugar flavor which works beautifully in hot cocoa.

Cocoa powder — I use a basic, non-fancy, organic cocoa powder. But feel free to splurge on the Ghiradelli’s cocoa powder if desired.

Packaging Paleo Hot Cocoa For Gifts

I suggest using Ball jars to package the hot cocoa mix. Write, or print out, small cards to tie to the jars with ribbon. On the cards, include the following instructions and ingredients:

Add two heaping tablespoons of mix to 8oz of freshly boiled water, and stir briskly to dissolve. For a richer cocoa, use heated milk of your choice instead of water.

Ingredients: coconut milk powder, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.

Additional Recipe Notes

For those of you that know me I am always adding in spices where I can, in particular turmeric well known now for its anti-inflammatory, immune supportive (particularly immune modulating) and liver supporting properties (6), (7).

This hot chocolate is no exception!

  • I have added a dash of ground black pepper to this hot chocolate which helps with the bio availability of the turmeric - in particular curcumin - the principal compound in turmeric around which most of the research is focused (9).
  • Another trick to enhance absorption is to consume turmeric with fat - adding ½ tsp of coconut oil to this hot chocolate is another option.
  • You can use any milk that you like - this hot chocolate works well with unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk.
  • It really is worth going the extra milk and using a milk frother or putting this mixture quickly into your blender and blending it for a few seconds, this mixes the spices in well and makes it slightly frothy.

If you are looking for other ways to add raw cacao powder into your diet you may like to try:

Or for other healthy drinks you may like:

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Watch the video: Paleo Ernährung: Was isst man? (July 2022).


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