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Stovetop Hot Chocolate Dairy-Free

Old-fashioned hot chocolate with cocoa powder,  just like mom made it.
Except with a dairy-free twist, perfect for our milk allergy friends.
And don’t forget the yummy toppings shown below!
Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate | Milk Allergy Mom | READER REVIEW: Better Than Starbucks!

When winter approaches, my kids want hot chocolate constantly…

almost as much as I want hot lattes so there’s no judging here. HA!

So early on, I came up our best hot cocoa option possible. 

This recipe is more affordable than dairy-free hot chocolate packets

Dairy-free hot chocolate packets can be hard to find, too.

Some years our favorites disappear for no reason.

But that’s ok. I have this recipe!

This hot chocolate recipe is also quick and easy, using ingredients I always have in my pantry.

While many great homemade hot cocoa recipes call for actual chocolate,

I save our pricey dairy-free chocolate for favorite treats…

like chocolate chip cookies and pan smores.

This hot chocolate recipe simply uses cocoa powder, and it works wonderfully!

I also love that I can control the sugar content when we make our own hot chocolate.

This recipe is not too sweet…

because my kids like to top it off with all kinds of goodies (see below).

Add more sugar if you’d like. You have all the control, mama!

And that’s what makes this recipe most awesome.

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Toppings

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These are our favorite candy canes for dipping in hot cocoa. 

All natural candy is so good! 

I get these candy canes online, order here.

natural candy canes

Here are our favorite natural marshmallows

We love the peppermint ones in hot cocoa, especially! 

natural marshmallows

Also, here’s our favorite dairy-free whip.

I can’t believe they make this stuff now!

dairy free spray whip

And these are some festive sprinkles my kids like. 

Personally, I think these chocolate sprinkles are just as great for hot cocoa.

chocolate sprinkles

For some really amazing chocolate garnish, however, consider shaving dairy-free chocolate bars with a carrot peeler. 

That’s what my kiddo did below with Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars (affiliate link).

I did let the pricey chocolate go for this one. 

Genius and so pretty!

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Recipe

What Milk For Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate?

There are now a variety of dairy-free milks that can be used in this recipe.

Use what works best for your food allergies. 


Now for our favorite dairy-free stovetop hot chocolate recipe using basic pantry ingredients! 

See below. 


Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate | Milk Allergy Mom | READER REVIEW: Better Than Starbucks!

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe


2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup dairy-free milk or canned coconut milk
3 cups dairy-free milk


Whisk 2 tablespoon cocoa and 1/4 c. sugar together in a medium sauce pan.

Add 1/4 c. dairy-free milk or canned coconut milk and combine on medium heat, stirring constantly, just until starting to boil. Don’t boil. 

Add in 3 c. dairy-free milk while continuing to stir on medium heat, until heated through. Don’t boil. 

Bring down heat to low and let simmer until served. 

Serve with dairy-free toppings of your choice.

Hope you enjoy this dairy-free hot chocolate as much as we do! 


Hot Cocoa Dairy Free
This was originally posted in December 2013.



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