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Two white cups filled with Dairy Free Hot Cocoa, topped with Peppermint Marshmallows

Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Marshmallows

Simple and delicious, perfect for a cold winter day, this Paleo Hot Cocoa is dairy free!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Hot Chocolate, Paleo Drink, Winter
Servings 4 servings
Calories 497kcal


Dairy Free Hot Cocoa

  • 2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 cup unsweetened almond milk feel free to substitute your favorite paleo compliant milks
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp honey or agave

Peppermint Marshmallows

  • 3 packages unsweetened gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light karo syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


Make the Peppermint Marshmallows

  • Mix together 1/2 cup cold water and gelatin in the bowl for your mixer. Allow to stand untouched while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and remaining water over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then allow to continue simmering without stirring, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees. Immediately remove from heat.
  • Using the whisk attachment on low, mix the gelatin and water mixture, then slowly pour the syrup mixture down the side of the bowl. Turn the mixer on medium-high and allow to whisk for 12-14 minutes. It will be thick and creamy. Add the vanilla and peppermint, and whisk again for the final minute.
  • Sift powdered sugar into a large 9x12 pan, then lay parchment paper along the bottom of the pan. Sift more powdered sugar on top of the parchment. Gently pour the marshmallow into the pan and smooth the top with the back side of a large spoon. Sift more powdered sugar on top, then allow to sit uncovered at room temperature overnight. Cut them into squares and dust with a little more powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Make the Paleo Hot Cocoa

  • Bring all ingredients to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally. Top with homemade marshmallows and crushed up candy canes!


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 158g | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 2mg