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Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Mocha Latte


My friend, Alisa suggested that I make these drinks for you for the holidays. Alisa and I have been friends for a long time and I always tell her that she’s my very favorite cook. Every summer, we pack up our husbands, our dogs, and ourselves and we all head to Trout Lake in upstate New York where we live on a little lake island for a week. And Alisa cooks every single meal for us – for the whole week! I could eat her food all day long and I’ve learned so much in the kitchen from her over the years. We both share an appreciation for good food and delicious recipes and we also share a love for peppermint mocha lattes.


The dogs enjoying their annual summer vacation at Trout Lake located in upstate New York. Photo taken by Alisa.

 The dairy free version of this hot chocolate using coconut milk is so rich, creamy and decadent and way better (and healthier!) than the kind that you get at those fancy coffee shops. There’s nothing better than sipping a delicious, hot beverage on a snowy, wintery day and this recipe definitely hits the spot. This recipe can easily be halved or doubled. Leftovers can be refrigerated and heated again.

Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa and Peppermint Mocha Latte
Serves: Hot Cocoa makes 4-6 servings and 8-10 servings for the Lattes
For the peppermint mocha lattes:
  • 4 cups of freshly brewed coffee (THIS is great coffee!)
Optional toppings: homemade mint marshmallows - (I used THIS recipe and added ¼ tsp pure peppermint extract), toasted coconut, fresh mint, dark chocolate shavings, dark chocolate chips, etc.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Hot Chocolate Directions:
  1. Over medium low heat, whisk together the coconut milk, honey, cacao powder, vanilla, peppermint extract, salt, and chocolate chips/pieces.
  2. Stir constantly until chocolate is melted and mixture comes to a simmer.
  3. Pour in mugs and serve hot.
  4. Add any optional toppings and Enjoy!
Peppermint Mocha Latte Directions:
  1. Prepare the hot chocolate as directed above.
  2. Fill your mug ¼ to ½ full with the peppermint hot cocoa (amount depends on your desired strong coffee flavor - I like a 50/50 mix, but that's me).
  3. Fill the rest of the way with hot coffee and stir.
  4. Top with any optional toppings and serve. Enjoy!
  1. Place shredded, flaked or shaved coconut into a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Stir often and cook until most of the coconut turns golden brown. You can use unsweetened or sweetened coconut, but the sweetened coconut turns brown much faster than the unsweetened.
  3. To rim your glass: With a small brush (or your finger), thinly coat the rim of your glass with some warmed honey.
  4. Place the shredded coconut on a plate.
  5. Gently press the rim of the glass on the plate with the coconut.
  6. Gently rotate or rock back and forth until the coconut sticks to the rim of the glass.


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  1. Yay, I’m Primally Inspired famous!! I can’t wait to try making these at home! Ive started using coconut milk just recently and I love it! Love the picture of our puppies too!

  2. I love coconut milk too, and I will be making this yummy-looking hot chocolate tomorrow morning because here in east Texas tonight it may get down into the mid twenties, so this is perfect timing. Your hot chocolate and doggie pics are beautiful.

  3. Thanks for linking to my marshmallows!! :) Your drinks look AMAZING! My hubby will LOVE your peppermint hot cocoa!!

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