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
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)
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
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.
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
Bring coconut milk, cream, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and water in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat.
Remove hot milk from heat and vanilla extract.
Top with whipped cream, rim glass with toasted coconut and chocolate chips.
Use a milk frother for a frothier hot chocolate
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Coconut Cardamom Hot Chocolate
- 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
- 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.