This vegan hot chocolate recipe with almond milk, coconut butter and a dash of cinnamon is the answer to any chilly winter day. It's so creamy and satisfying, I won't judge if you're sipping it in June!
This hot cocoa is really an antidote to winter. On those days that are so blustery and cold that tea just doesn't cut it, it's time to turn to sweet, chocolaty and rich hot chocolate. While this recipe is dairy-free, it's just as smooth and decadent as a cream-based hot chocolate recipe, thanks to coconut butter.
You certainly won't miss the dairy in this vegan drink that also happens to be refined sugar-free and packed with antioxidants.
How to Make Vegan Hot Chocolate
You don't need many ingredients or equipment to whip up this comforting hot cocoa recipe. Here's what you need to make it:
- Almond milk. Opt for plain, unsweetened almond milk to keep this a healthy, refined-sugar free drink. You can also substitute oat, cashew, soy, or coconut milk if you prefer.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder. Remember those antioxidants? Those come from the superfood that is pure cocoa powder. It adds all the chocolatey flavor this drink needs, plus some impressive health benefits.
- Coconut butter. This is the secret to truly creamy vegan hot chocolate. You won't taste a strong coconut flavor, but it adds a subtle nuttiness and a ton of body to this drink.
- Ground cinnamon. This one's option, but highly recommended for a nice gentle spice to balance the rich chocolate flavor.
- Stevia or monk fruit extract. Use as much or as little sweetener as you'd like. You can also substitute with maple syrup or coconut sugar.
That's it! To pull your hot cocoa together, simply combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan until the coconut butter is dissolved and the milk is heated through. Pour into your favorite mugs, grab a blanket, and cozy up!
Is Hot Chocolate Vegan?
Unless you're making your own vegan hot chocolate recipe, most hot cocoa that you can buy is not vegan. To ensure it is, double-check that it's made with plant-based milk. Also, note that some powdered hot chocolate mixes contain evaporated milk powder to add creaminess.
Make-Ahead Hot Cocoa
This recipe serves two, so if you end up with extra hot cocoa, no worries. It stores well. Simply pour your hot chocolate into a bottle or mug with an airtight lid and store it in the fridge for up to three days. When you're ready to enjoy, warm the hot cocoa on the stove in a saucepan until heated through.
Want to add some flair to your mug? Here are my favorite hot cocoa topping ideas:
- Vegan marshmallows
- Coconut whipped cream
- A sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or extra cocoa powder
- A candy cane
More Warming Vegan Drink Recipes
- Maple Sea Salt Vegan Hot Chocolate is next-level decadent with a delicious sweet-and-savory spin.
- Soothing Green Tea Latte is a refreshing, herbal coffee alternative for chilly mornings.
- Golden Cacao Latte from Veggiekins is the perfect golden milk latte for people who don't like turmeric
Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate
- Head the almond milk in a small saucepan.
- Once warm, whisk in unsweetened cocoa powder and coconut butter. Sprinkle in some cinnamon and stevia/monk fruit extract, based on your taste.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!