Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate via Queen of Quinoa (@alyssarimmer)

I’m currently sitting in my studio apartment (alongside Mr. Henderson of course), we’re bundled up in fleece blankets, both with our computers on our laps and sipping big mugs of this dairy-free hot chocolate. And it’s my first hot chocolate in almost two years. Can you believe that? Two years!

Living in Vermont has its perks. Yes it’s cold, gray, snowy and miserable for those of us who love hot, sunny weather, but it affords us the opportunity to consume an obscene amount hot beverages. And for me that’s perfect – I’m pretty much tea-obsessed (even in the summer).

But sometimes tea just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes I want something sweet. Something chocolatey. Something that reminds me of Christmas. Sounds like a hot chocolate craving, doesn’t it?

This dairy-free hot chocolate (which also happens to be refined sugar-free and fairly low-calorie) was the perfect drink to cure my cold winter blues.

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 - 3 servings


  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons stevia powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Heat the almond milk over medium heat in a small sauce pan until steaming, not boiling. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and let cook for 3 - 5 minutes.
  2. Serve immediately.

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  • http://www.carascravings.com Cara

    I love starting or ending my day with almond milk hot cocoa, especially with Mila in it!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Mila…never heard of it! Sounds interesting though. Headed off to Google to figure it out :)

  • http://www.godairyfree.org Alisa

    Yum! This looks like the perfect balance of stevia and honey!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks Alisa! The sweetness was just enough to offset the bitterness from the cocoa powder without making it too sweet. Think I’ll have to make another cup when I get home :)

  • Cathy

    I tried this with only 1/2 teaspoon of liquid stevia and found it much too sweet!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Cathy – thanks for the feedback. I use stevia powder (and will change the ingredients to say that). I’ve never purchased liquid stevia, so didn’t know that the two don’t substitute one-for-one. I’m sure many of my readers will be happy to know the amount of liquid stevia to use. I appreciate you sharing!

      • Tracey Cook

        3 drops of liquid stevia should be plenty!

  • http://www.tasty-yummies.com Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    This looks soo amazing! I have been craving hot cocoa like crazy and have been working on a peppermint hot cocoa recipe that I need find time to make again and share. I love the addition of cinnamon in your recipe BTW, I love cinnamon in my hot cocoa.

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