Festive Recipes – Dairy-free Hot Chocolate
After seeing a load of recipes for Slow Cooker Nutella Hot Chocolate last year I wondered if a dairy-free (and potentially vegan) version was possible. I did some tinkering and came up with this recipe. If you don’t possess a slow cooker (if not, why not??), I have some simple suggestions on how you can enjoy a luxury drink at home without visiting a high street coffee chain first. It’s certainly feeling a lot colder now, so this will warm you up on a frosty day 🙂
Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups coconut milk. If you don’t have this available – or don’t like it – you can use other plant-based milk alternatives. Just adjust sugar if using a sweetened variety.
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- To top – Dairy-free whipped cream (available at most retailers stocking vegan alternatives and also Sainsbury’s now)
Veggie-vegan Marshmallows (I bought ours from Holland & Barrett but Sainsbury’s also stock them)
Shavings of Dairy-free chocolate, Oreos or chocolate buttons (I bought ours from Tesco, who have a great range of Free From products)
- Whisk all ingredients together in a slow cooker. Try to mix thoroughly, although it is difficult with the cocoa powder. It’s not the end of the world if there’s a few lumps!
- Heat on high for 1 1/2 hours or until heated through.
- Serve immediately or turn the slow cooker to warm.
- Top with lots of whipped cream and other dairy-free goodies to taste.
If you don’t have a slow cooker it is possible to warm your plant-based milk in a saucepan on the hob instead and create one of these creamy drinks. Using Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Powder (which does have the disclaimer about containing milk due to cross-contamination in their factory) use three heaped teaspoons of the powder per 200ml of milk. If you are an allergy sufferer Choc Shot’s Liquid Chocolate also works really well. Use 3 to 4 teaspoons per 200ml of milk, but I’d err on the side of caution as it is quite sweet.
Syrups are also a great way of pepping up a hot chocolate and are available in some supermarkets. Adding a hazelnut syrup – like Monin’s – to hot chocolate gives it a Nutella flavour, while caramel makes it taste like a Mars bar. Their mint is the equivalent of a festive Matchmaker! Perfect for those who miss their sweet treats 🙂
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