The BEST Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

I ADORE hot cocoa at Christmas time. Chocolatey sweetness with gooey melted marshmallows…yummmmmm! But not the individual packets that you dump into a microwaved cup of hot water! No, no, no! When I was a kid, I always made my hot cocoa on the stove with milk and I promise you, it is the BEST! This year I had to try my hand at a dairy free version of my favorite since my 3 year old has allergies. Honestly, I thought it wouldn’t be as good and I felt kind of bad for her since she wouldn’t be getting the real thing. It turns out, this recipe is just as good if not better though! I found the cocoa at Whole Foods. It was the only one that didn’t have any dairy already in it. I have also used this to make brownies so maybe I’ll do a post on that later! My cow’s milk substitute of choice is flax milk, but you could definitely try soy, or almond milk (or just use regular milk if you don’t have an issue with dairy!). The marshmallows are the cutest little snowflake shapes that I got at Starbucks.



  • Wisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally until mixture is steaming and just about to boil (about 7 minutes)
  • Carefully ladle into mugs and top with a marshmallow!

*serves 3-4

Obviously hot cocoa is best enjoyed in a Lilly Pulitzer mug by the Christmas tree while watching Frosty the Snowman! Merry Christmas friends!



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