Peppermint Hot “Chocolate” (AIP/Paleo)

This peppermint hot “chocolate” is rich and delicious and the perfect winter drink! It’s also totally AIP, paleo, and dairy-free!

So I’ve been bingeing on Hallmark movies – they just make me happy! And in each movie there’s always a hot chocolate scene, which of course then makes me crave it!

And the hot chocolate in the movies are always fancy looking with extra whipped cream and crushed candy canes, or a ton of marshmallows.

So I thought I’d get wild (hah!) and change up my regular hot “chocolate” recipe and make a peppermint version. And well I just loved it so much, I had to share it with you all!

What you need to make this Peppermint Hot “Chocolate”

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is what adds the peppermint flavour to this recipe! I like traditional medicinals peppermint tea.

You’ll want to allow the tea bag to steep in the hot water for at least 5 minutes to optimize that peppermint flave!

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk not only makes this drink dairy-free, it also adds creaminess! You’ll want to use full-fat coconut milk.


Cacoa is off limits on strict AIP, but carob is not! Honestly I really like the taste of carob, it certainly reminds me of chocolate and has a natural sweetness.

Now I haven’t tried it, but I think cacoa would work in place of carob, if you tolerate it and prefer it. But I would add a little less and maybe add a bit more sweetener to make up for the sweetness the carob brings.


I use gelatin (grass-fed, great lakes is my fave) because I like my hot chocolate with lots of foam! You can easily use collagen instead though.

Coconut Sugar

You can use pretty much any sweetener in this recipe. In my regular hot “chocolate” recipe, I use maple sugar, which is amazzzzing! I didn’t have any on hand, plus I felt like coconut sugar would be a better fit with peppermint. But you can also use honey or maple syrup!


I use pure vanilla extract but if you’re keeping it strict AIP you can use vanilla bean powder, or omit all together.


Just a pinch!

Yield: 2 servings

Peppermint Hot "Chocolate" (AIP/Paleo)

Prep Time:
5 minutes
Additional Time:
2 minutes
Total Time:
7 minutes

This peppermint hot “Chocolate” is rich and delicious and the perfect winter drink! It's also totally AIP, paleo, and dairy-free!



    1. Place tea bag in boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes.
    2. Remove tea bag then add tea and the rest of the ingredients to a high powered blender.
    3. Blend until smooth.
    4. Enjoy!


  1. My spouse did groceries for us and picked up low fat coconut milk thinking it would be ok but I haven’t been able to use it for most recipes because it’s so darn watery…until now. I followed your recipe for all other ingredients and it was awesome. Love the blend of mint and chocolate. Thanks.

  2. I didn’t feel like cleaning the blender so I just vigorously mixed everything in a large mug. It is so good.

  3. Yes, cacao nibs work! I bought it accidentally instead of carob and didn’t feel like going out to the store again. I used my high speed blender to smash it all together. I didn’t add sweetener. Tastes delicious to me just as is.

    • It would never have occurred to me that cocoa nibs would work in this recipe – creative thinking! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  4. This looks so good! What a great way to still enjoy a treat while keeping it healthy!

  5. Thanks for sharing! Does it reheat well?

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