Bittersweet Chai Hot Cocoa

In celebration of love and romance, I thought I would share one more chocolate recipe. This hot cocoa is infused with the warming spices of chai and lightly sweetened, for a bittersweet chocolate treat. So delicious! Once again, I experimented with having only two teaspoons of sugar per serving. This left the hot cocoa quite bitter (my four year old and I love bittersweet chocolate, so we loved it), and the coconut milk made it very creamy. To keep it within the two teaspoons of sweetener, I also made the servings small. However, this was so rich, I found a small cup was quite enough.

TheseΒ  would make a lovely midday treat on Valentine’s day or anytime. Of course, fudge or truffles would be nice as well. Or bittersweet chocolate tart or berry chocolate tart…..or raspberry chocolate coconut flour cupcakes or chocolate covered strawberries. Can you tell that I like chocolate?

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Bittersweet Chai Hot Cocoa

You can make this sweeter by either adding stevia, or more sweetener. What sweetener you use will effect how sweet it is (honey is the sweetest, coconut sugar, the least sweet). We tested this recipe using whole cane sugar (rapadura). I used a chai rooibos tea for a naturally caffeine free tea. This makes 4 small servings. Serve in small cups.

    1 14 ounce can of full fat coconut milk
    1/4 cup of cocoa powder
    2 tablespoons whole cane sugar, coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, or sweetener of choice.
    1 1/2 cups of hot water
    3 bags of chai tea
    1 teaspoon vanilla

1) Steep the three bags of tea in the hot water for the length of time as prescribed on the box.

2) In a small pot, whisk the cocoa and sweetener with 1/2 cup of the coconut milk until there are no lumps Add the rest of the coconut milk and the chai tea. Bring to a simmer and then take off the heat. Add the vanilla and serve.

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  1. says

    Sounds delicious! I wish I had some chai tea on hand but I ran out. πŸ™ Might need to get some next time I am State side. Thank for sharing this yummy treat!

  2. says

    Hi Kimi,

    Your hot chocolate looks delicious.. and vegan.

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I love your blog and reading your blog has made me interested in the Weston A. Price Foundation. I recently got the opportunity to hear Sally Fallon speak and was excited because I thought I would learn more about soaking grains and other helpful items like that. However, I have to tell you how disappointed I was. Sally Fallon spent the entire hour insulting vegetarians and spouting ridiculously inaccurate information. I mean, to the extent that when asked, “what advice would you give to a vegan who wanted to have a child,” she said bluntly, “Don’t.” She went on to say that it wasn’t fair to the children because they would have birth defects. I was shocked since your blog is nourishing and also vegan-friendly. I absolutely agree with not eating processed foods, etc, but I wanted to ask how you are able to handle supporting the WAPF when their leadership says such things. Honestly, everything she said made her sound like a crazy person.

      • KimiHarris says


        That surprises me as it was Sally Fallon who originally helped me understand the importance of buying grass fed beef, pastured chickens, etc. What was the context of her saying that?

        • Andrew says

          She said that in an interview at a site called Renegade Health during a series called the Great Health Debate. The interviews were free but are now on sale for 50 bucks and really aren’t worth that price. The questions were very focused on veganism and vegetarianism. She was chosen to argue a perspective and she did so strongly. Her view is that veganism is an experiment that hasn’t been undertaken by traditional societies and that it is abhorent to use children as guinea pigs. Harsh, but I think understandable.

          She didn’t condone factory farming. She did make a statement that she didn’t contextualize about deaths in factory farming being less violent than typical death in nature (i.e. a wolf tearing the neck off a deer).

    • Carla says

      Everyone is entitled to their options. Even Sally Fallon. In your opinion, she is wrong. That’s all right. In other peoples opinion, she is right. That is their opinion; and they have the right to their opinion.

    • Carla says

      Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Even Sally Fallon. In your opinion, she is wrong. That’s all right. You have the right to your opinion. The opinions of others shouldn’t prevent you from living your life the way you want to.

      In other peoples opinion, she is right. That is their opinion; and they have the right to their opinion. Your opinion shouldn’t prevent them from living the life they want to.

      • says

        Carla, I’m sorry if I was unclear. I never intended for my opinion to prevent anyone from living their life the way they want to. I just wanted to ask for Kimi’s opinion because I respect her viewpoints.

    • KimiHarris says


      The few times I have heard Sally Fallon speak, she has been gracious, but with strong convictions about what is truly healthy. I do share many recipes that happen to be vegan, since so many of my recipes are dairy free and I love that they have been helpful to my vegan readers. As you know, my diet is not vegan or even vegetarian, but I love communicating and sharing ideas with those who are. While I don’t promote veganism or vegetairnism, I feel like there is still helpful information we can share together.

      I can imagine that Sally’s words could seem quite shocking, especially if you aren’t on the same page as her on nutrition. But I don’t doubt, as harsh as she may have sounded, that she was trying to serve people with sharing what she did. I do think that prenatal nutrition is important (while nutritional deficiencies don’t cause all birth defects, they are known in the medical world to cause some). I would recommend getting your hands on Weston A Price’s original work,Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
      It’s a fascinating read and would help you understand where Sally is coming from (I don’t agree with everything in the book, and it’s just one man’s research, but it has greatly influenced me).

      I appreciate Sally Fallon’s work as I follow a lot of her research. And she was the one that introduced me to the beauty of foods like coconut oil and coconut milk. πŸ™‚

      • KimiHarris says

        Also, just for the record, I think that many cultures were able to maintain good health on a vegetarian diet, using grass fed milk and butter, and pastured eggs. πŸ™‚ I hope that my comment helped a little. I am hoping to sometime write out my own personal story of how the way I eat and this blog came to be. πŸ™‚

      • says

        Thanks Kimi. Unfortunately, she did come across as harsh and shocking as opposed to gracious. I agree with you that I prefer to focus on the items of commonality between us than on where we disagree. I continue to be interested in items like whole foods, coconut oil, soaking grains, kefir, grass-fed beef (my husband eats meat), etc. and look forward to learning more from you on these “nourishing” topics. I will check out Nutrition and Physical Regeneration, and try not to “throw out the baby with the bath water.”

  3. Rachel Wisdom says

    Could I make this and keep leftovers in the fridge to warm up later? It looks delicious, but I’m afraid I’m the only one in my family who would enjoy it (I’m the only hot drink lover). πŸ™‚

  4. says

    Hi all, I made a rice side dish last night that called for a can of coconut milk. When I looked at the nutritional info on the can, I was taken aback. I knew it was high in fat, but geez! I’m not usually anti-fat per se. I think healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) in moderation can really boost the yum in foods. But I recently was told that my cholesterol needs to come down, so I’m steering away from them more. Anyway, I’m doing the sugar cleanse challenge and don’t want to chuck out sugar only to add a butt load of fat….Just my two cents here.

  5. says

    I’ve got a few of the Eco Lunch Gear products, their sandwich bags make transporting lunch a breeze. You’re right about them being cute too, I always look forward to lunch when it’s wrapped up in something pretty πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the hot chocolate recipe – for some reason I had never thought of using coconut milk before! It all makes sense now as it means I could use less sweetener and thanks to it’s full-bodied nature I could feel ever more satisfied!

    I’ve recently started a blog party focused on wholefood drink recipes and I would love if you would ever like to link up. It’s called the Weekend Wholefood Blender Party and starts every Sunday to promote smoothies, juices, herbal teas, fermented beverages and other home-made drinks. I love your blog and can see you love link parties – so I’d love to see you there sometime πŸ™‚ Thanks for posting this amazing recipe and have a great week!


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