Hot Chocolate has been a warming representation of the holiday season for me since I was a little girl. Can anyone really deny the nostalgia that hot chocolate brings?
But for me, taking a big swig out of my liquified chocolate was, is and always will be one of my favorite signs of the season changing.
Every year, my mom would make her traditional recipe. I could hardly wait to top mine with extra home made whipped cream. (My favorite part).
Nowadays I try to limit my dairy intake and there are a few others in my family with allergies or special diets. I wanted to come up with a version of the chocolatey treat that worked for everyone in my life.
I was bouncing off ideas with my friend Rachel and all of a sudden it hit us in the head like a coconut. And that was just it.
I decided to make the base of this dreamy and rich dessert with canned full fat coconut milk. This way the hot chocolate is thick and creamy like the traditional version.
I used Monk Fruit Extract as a calorie free sweetener that wont spike your glycemic index. I prefer it much more than stevia as it has a 1:1 ratio with sugar.
But I didn’t stop there.
I topped the warm hot chocolate with a few scoops of my favorite coconut milk ice cream and dairy free coconut whipped cream (available at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s).
This dessert is truly a treat that is meant to be shared. I love the idea of having my girls over, blasting christmas music and putting out a hot chocolate bar with lots of toppings! Yum!
What treats do you look forward during the holidays? I love hearing about all types of traditions. Let’s swap recipes in the comments below!