This dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate is festive, sweet, and perfectly minty. Enjoy this during the holiday and Christmas season so you can stick with your dairy-free diet with ease.
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What says holidays more than hot chocolate? My family and I love to curl up in the evenings and on the weekends to watch Christmas movies and sip hot chocolate. It’s really one of our most favorite things.
In our house, we all like our hot chocolate different ways. My son loves his with marshmallows. I love mine with a little cinnamon mixed in. And my husband loves loves loves peppermint hot chocolate.
Even though both my husband and son can tolerate dairy, everyone in my family drinks this dairy-free hot chocolate mix.
There are a few dairy-free hot chocolate mixes out on the market (check out this post for a list of them), but what I’ve found is that with a homemade mix, I can…
- Save a ton of money on the cost
- Control the quality of ingredients (like using organic cocoa powder or raw cacao)
- Use a whole lot less sugar and zero additives that come in normal hot chocolate mixes
- Make it my own easily by adding some of our favorite flavors
Really, though, the truth is, there just aren’t that many dairy-free hot chocolate options out there that have any flavorings to them. Which is knowing how to make your own comes in handy.
This recipe for dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate is really simple. Almost too simple.
This dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate recipe is:
- Festively minty
- The right amount of chocolatey
- The perfect taste of sweet
- Easy to make
- Delicious on a cold day
- Great for snuggling on the couch
- A nice mixup for a family Christmas breakfast or brunch
And to think all these years, you’ve could have been buying store-bought hot chocolate with fancy flavorings for oodles of extra money!
This dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate will allow you to have the best of both worlds: flavored hot chocolate AND dairy-free WITHOUT the extra money spent on it being fancy.
Of course, if you like the idea of adding a peppermint syrup, you can find a high quality one, like the Monin brand. This will add extra sugar to your hot chocolate, so be warned of any kids jumping on furniture and bouncing off the walls if you decide to go this route!
For the adults, you may be thinking… “I can totally make peppermint hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, right?!” Yes, yes, you can. But be sure to find a schnapps brand that is gluten-free before pouring it right in! Some liqueurs are surprisingly not gluten-free!
Read on: Which Liqueurs are Gluten-free?
Making dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate
I like to warm the water either on the stove or in our kettle. You can also heat the water in the microwave for about 90 seconds.
Next, in a mug, add one serving of the hot chocolate mix (2 tablespoons) and mix together.
Add in ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract and stir to combine.
Read on: Are marshmallows gluten-free?
You can now cozy up on the couch, your dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate and the Polar Express, Elf, or some of those cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies. I’ll admit that I just can’t get enough of these super predictable movies this time of year!
I also plan to serve my dairy-free hot chocolate at my big Christmas brunch for my husband’s family this year, and you know I’ll be putting out a little peppermint extract so anyone can make their very own peppermint hot chocolate!
- In the microwave, a kettle, or on the stove, heat the water until warm to hot.
- In a mug, add the 2 tbsp dairy-free hot chocolate mix.
- Pour the hot water over the hot chocolate mix. Stir to combine, until the mix and fully been incorporated into the water.
- Pour in the peppermint extract. Stir to combine once again.
- Top with some marshmallows or coconut whipped cream, and stick in a candy cane if you're feeling extra festive! Enjoy!
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