Coconut Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Coconut cardamom hot chocolate is a delicious hot chocolate recipe that is vegan. This recipe uses coconut milk and coconut cream for a decadent hot chocolate.

Coconut cardamom hot chocolate is an indulgent hot chocolate treat that makes the perfect hot drink to cozy up to.

Cardamom pairs beautifully with both coconut and chocolate adding a hint of spice and warmth. 

Homemade hot chocolate is so easy and much tastier than store-bought mixes any day! This is quick to make and perfect to serve during the holiday season and cold winter evenings.

For another sweet treat with these flavors try Coconut Ladoos.

Why you will love this recipe

  • Perfect holiday treat
  • Easy to make
  • Vegetarian, vegan
coconut cardamom hot chocolate in a mug with whipped cream

Ingredient Notes

This delicious cup of cardamom hot chocolate takes a few ingredients and there is flexibility to adjust per your preferences.

Coconut Milk (canned or substitute from a carton)

Creamed Coconut

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Ground Cardamom Powder – from green cardamom pods

Bittersweet chocolate (2 tbsp) or  milk chocolate chips

Sugar – feel free to substitute with maple syrup or other sweetener of your choice

Vanilla Extract

Whipped cream, marshmallows, toasted coconut and chocolate chips for garnish (optional) – Use Silk Heavy Cream to make vegan whipped cream and Dandie’s brand marshmallows for vegan marshmallows

Notes on the Coconut Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Coconut Milk: You can substitute the canned coconut milk for coconut milk from a carton for a lighter version. The canned coconut milk is def worth it though!

Other kinds of milk: I use coconut milk because that brings out the coconut flavor of this drink.  If you’d like to experiment with other milks you can try any type of plant based milk such as almond milk or cashew milk to keep it vegan.

If you do not need a vegan drink, feel free to try whole milk or any other type of dairy milk.

Chocolate: I’ve used bittersweet chocolate but if you prefer a sweeter version feel free to use milk chocolate as a substitute. Other types of chocolate you can use are cacao powder, dark chocolate, shaved chocolate (from chocolate bars), or regular cocoa powder.

Cardamom: if you only have whole green cardamom pods on hand you can crush with a mortar and pestle to use

Optional toppings include whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, toasted shredded coconut andtons of marshmallows!  Note: Dandies brand makes vegetarian/vegan marshmallows.

hot chocolate coconut cardamom with whipped cream and chocolate chips

Variations

Rose coconut cardamom hot chocolate – add a little rose water for light floral taste

Spiked Cardamom Hot Chocolate

If you’re looking for a spiked hot chocolate I would add 2 oz of Kahlua and 1 oz of whipped cream vodka.

How to Make

Step 1

Bring coconut milk, cream, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and water in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat.

Step 2

Remove hot milk from heat and vanilla extract.

Step 3

Top with whipped cream, rim glass with toasted coconut and chocolate chips.

Use a milk frother for  a frothier hot chocolate

Looking For Other Seasonal Ideas? Check Out:

Goat Cheese and Cranberry Chutney Crostini

Chai Spice Sugar Cookies

Cranberry Chutney

Apple Pie Smoothie

Maple Ice Cream with cardamom and butter pecans

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Coconut Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Shilpa Joshi
Coconut cardamom hot chocolate is a delicious hot chocolate recipe that is vegan. This recipe uses coconut milk and coconut cream for a decadent hot chocolate.
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 258 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (canned or substitute from a carton)
  • 2 tbsp Creamed Coconut I used this version, it is thick and unsweetened: https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Do-Organic-Creamed-Coconut/dp/B00113ZZ5U
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 oz

    Bittersweet chocolate (2 tbsp) or 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, toasted coconut and chocolate chips for garnish (optional) Use Silk heavy cream to make vegan whipped cream and Dandies marshmallows for vegan options

Instructions
 

  • Bring coconut milk, cream, cocoa powder, cardamom powder, sugar, salt, and water in a pan on medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and vanilla extract.
  • Top with whipped cream, rim glass with toasted coconut and chocolate chips.

Notes

Add a shot of Bailey’s for a boozy version!

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 18gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 237mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 2mg
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