Festive Recipes – Dairy-free Hot Chocolate

imageAfter 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 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 you can use other plant-based milk alternatives. Just adjust sugar if using a sweetened variety.
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar (also known as organic 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)
    Veggie-vegan Marshmallows (I bought ours from Holland & Barrett)
    Shavings of Dairy-free chocolate, Oreos or chocolate buttons (I bought ours from Tesco, who have a great range of Free From products)
  1. 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!
  2. Heat on high for 1 1/2 hours or until heated through.
  3. Serve immediately or turn the slow cooker to warm.
  4. Top with lots of whipped cream and other dairy-free goodies to taste.

imageIf 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 a strict vegan or 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.

imageSyrups 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 🙂

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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