Coconut Hot Chocolate with Almond Whipped Cream

coconut hot chocolate

We often discuss organic, unprocessed foods in our house. As I learn, I’ve made a point to share with my kids so they can make healthy choices for themselves. My youngest daughter is 9 years old and has become pretty passionate about eating unprocessed foods. She regularly declines food at parties, not because she has to, but because she chooses to. She talks to her friends at school about organics. In fact, one day she told me the other kids were bringing their packaged foods to her. She would read the label and whether it was “healthy” or not (wish I’d been a fly on the wall that day!).

A few weeks ago, we were walking hand-in-hand through the grocery store at our Air Force Base. After a few minutes of cruising the aisles, she said, “Mom, can I keep my eyes closed while we walk through the commissary? Seeing all this processed food is making me nauseous.” I obliged. How could I not?! So I walked my little girl by the hand while she kept her eyes closed in fear of seeing processed foods.

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My girls love to thumb through my cooking magazines. Bon Appetit, Food Network, Food and Wine, the list goes on. My youngest was thumbing through one of the magazines and came across an ad for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” She looked at me and exclaimed, “If it’s not real butter, then what IS it?!” Isn’t it funny how sometimes kids get “real food” a bit quicker than adults?

I posted some quips on Facebook and many of you shared funny stories about kids and real food. Let’s share here, too. What funny things have your kids said about organic, unprocessed food?

Coconut Hot Chocolate with Almond Whipped Cream

Serving Size: Serves 4-6

Coconut Hot Chocolate with Almond Whipped Cream

I kept the sweetness toned down in this recipe to let the richness of the coconut and chocolate shine through. If you like your hot chocolate a bit sweeter, feel free to add a bit more maple syrup to the drink or the whipped cream. For a dairy-free version, skip the whipped cream and use all coconut milk in the hot chocolate mixture.

Adapted from Food Network Magazine.


    For the whipped cream (optional):

  • 3/4 cup cold heavy (or whipping) cream

  • 1/2 cup mascarpone (here's a great recipe for homemade mascarpone)

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the hot chocolate:

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or a few drops of liquid stevia)

  • 3.5 ounces dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping:

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted


Place cream, mascarpone and extracts in a mixing bowl. Whisk until soft peaks form.

Whisk milk, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and steaming. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Serve hot chocolate with whipped cream on top and sprinkle with coconut flakes.

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  1. J Uhler

    Your daughters are awesome! Kudos to you, Carrie, for giving them the info they need to make healthy choices on their own. My 3 daughters and I often have conversations about nutrition and making good choices regarding food. In fact, just recently, one of my girls was sick, and she announced that she wasnt’ going to eat anything with sugar in it that day so that she could get better quickly! It warms my heart to know that they are understanding our conversations about good nutrition and applying it to their lives!

  2. Jami

    I also discuss this with our kids. My son takes it to heart and my daughter, 4, is coming along. But I do have a question…I feel bad when we are out with family and my son gasps or lets them know when they ar making a bad choice. I tell him that we are doing what we can to take care of ourselves and our family. Not everyone understands about the good things. How or what have you done to get your kids to bite their tounge. My son will pass on foods at parties. My daughter wants it. Like I said she’s coming a long. But then he makes a scene about it 😉 What are your thoughts, experience or advice on this?

    • Deliciously Organic

      I’m so glad to hear you are teaching your kids at a young age! From the beginning I’ve constantly talked to them about how we are making these choices, but others may not agree. And if they don’t agree, we don’t want to hurt their feelings so it’s best not to say anything. Of course, this becomes easier to do as they get older. The young ones just say what’s on their mind most of the time! :) As with any discipline, it takes consistency. So for years now, I’ve continued to talk to them about being considerate and having self-control especially when it comes to our words. They’ve, of course, slipped up many times, or talked about how something isn’t healthy when they probably shouldn’t have, but over the course of a few years I’ve seen this discpline blossom in both of them and for the most part, they hold their tongue when necessary. Keep at it! It sounds like they have a great mom who cares enough to teach them how to make good choices. They will follow your lead! :)

  3. Erika

    You have such beautiful little girls! Good for you for teaching them about healthy foods. My mom always made wonderful, homecooked meals, but I wish we all, as a family, had been more aware about processed foods.

  4. I have a story about our daughter. She was 5 – but we usually have smoothies a few times a week for breakfast. One day, I had 10lbs of peaches (not organic – which is what I buy most of the time), so I peeled them and used them in muffins, etc…Well, during that time, my husband came in and made us all peach smoothies. After we drank them, I figured out where he got the peaches, he used the peelings from the non-organic peaches. (He had no idea they were not organic). Well, my daughter just about lost it. We all made a joke and laughed about how he was trying to poison us, etc…A few months later we were visiting his family out of state and Hannah VERY SERIOUSLY told them the story how she will never drink her dad’s smoothies again because he tried to poison us one time. The look on their faces was priceless. Needless to say, her daddy had some explaining to do! It is funny.

  5. Brooke Medina

    Oftentimes, while going through the cereal aisle of the grocery store, my five year old will pick out a box of cereal, hold it up, and say, “Mom, does this one have fake flavors in it, too?” He knows that he and his sisters can pick out cereals that have lower sugar and no artificial ingredients, so before he gets his hopes up, he makes sure to find out if that particular food has a “green light.”

  6. This looks AMAZING! I will have to try this if we get a cold day in Arizona. I went to our commissary (Luke AFB) this weekend too! I’ve noticed that they’ve added a lot more organic options there than they have in the past. I’ve been pleased to see that. It’s been the cheapest place for me to get organic coconut oil and olive oil. :)

  7. Kids always seem to be quicker to the obvious then we. ^^; But it makes sense – their minds are always so open when it comes to things like that (and making us look a bit dumb, hehe). And this hot chocolate looks absolutely amazing – I’d love to give it a try sometime. ^^

  8. We’ve made hot chocolate like this with all coconut milk for a dairy free version and it’s really good. My kids pass on birthday cake at parties because they think box mix cakes taste like cardboard. They much prefer the ones I make with coconut sugar or honey and gluten free flours. (Even the one who doesn’t have to eat GF!)

  9. Autumn

    Last summer my then 4 year old was eating a snack while walking over to see the neighbours. She said her hellos and then told the neighbour it was “erratic” (instead of organic). My girlfriend laughed so hard and she still asks if I’m serving erratic food.


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