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One of the most common recipe modification questions I get is "How can I make this without dairy?" Whether it's due to lactose-intolerance, veganism, or simple lifestyle changes, many of y'all seem to like when I share dairy-free recipes (like this dark chocolate chai oatmeal)--and I'm happy to oblige! Since Houston is currently in the throes of a cool front (meaning it's under 70 degrees), it's high time for cocoa--creamy, dairy-free hot cocoa, specifically. I love a warm mug of hot cocoa at just about any time of year but it seems to taste even better when the temperatures are low. Who else feels this way? All you'll need to make this creamy dairy-free hot cocoa are four ingredients (one of them being Reddi-wip® Coconut Non-dairy whipped topping) and just a few minutes. The recipe is as easy as 1-2-3. Just heat, mix, and top!
To start, heat up a mug of full-fat coconut milk until steaming. My microwave takes about 2 minutes on high for this. Be sure to use a microwave-safe mug for this and be careful when removing it. If you have time on your hands, you can heat the milk more slowly in a saucepan on your stovetop. And, if you're fancy, you can whip out a steamer and get the job done even more quickly and fancily. All this talk of steamed milk takes me back to my days as a summer barista. And reading this paragraph has probably taken you longer thank whipping up a mug of dairy-free hot cocoa would...back to the recipe. 🙂
Next, add a few spoonfuls of cocoa powder and sugar to taste. Dark cocoa powder is my preference but regular works just as well. Stir these in until your cocoa is smooth and uniform. You might think that with this being a dairy-free recipe, we'll stop here. But there's more in store. Keep scrolling, friend.
The final (and most fun) step is to top everything off with a dollop of Reddi-wip® Coconut Non-dairy whipped topping. This deliciously creamy, vegan whipped topping made with coconut milk is the perfect topping for a steaming mug of dairy-free hot cocoa. And, at 10 calories, you can call it guilt-free, too (*Not a low calorie food)! You can find it at Walmart in the creamers section, which is where I picked up my can.
Voila! You now have a steaming mug of creamy vegan hot chocolate on your hands--with all the goodness and none of the dairy. 🙂 Enjoy! No need to stop here, though. You can use Reddi-wip® Coconut Non-dairy whipped topping to finish off desserts, fresh strawberries, and even your morning coffee. Did I mention that it's also free of gluten, and artificial flavors and sweeteners?
As always, feel free to let me know if you want to see more recipes like this one. In the meantime, here are two more dairy-free drinks already on the blog: autumn almond smoothie, post-workout smoothie. Thanks for reading!
P.S. more hot cocoa ideas:
Creamy Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa
- 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 ½ cup full fat coconut milk
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- Reddi-wip® Coconut Non-dairy whipped topping
- Heat milk until steaming (about 2 minutes in a microwave).
- Mix in sugar and cocoa powder until fully dissolved.
- Top with Reddi-wip® Coconut Non-dairy whipped topping.