Cozy up to a cup of the best vegan hot cocoa…it’s rich, chocolatey, and perfect for a winter time treat! You won’t miss the dairy in this hot chocolate recipe.
Okay, it’s a cold fall morning…you’re chilly, and want a warm drink, maybe hot cocoa…but, oh no! You’re on a dairy free or plant-based diet. Now what?
Never fear, I have a super simple recipe for the best dairy free, vegan hot cocoa.
I LOVE hot cocoa. I don’t drink coffee, and hot cocoa was a staple item for me in the winter time. I would so look forward to my Starbucks hot chocolate, but once I stopped eating dairy, Starbucks cocoa was no longer a part of my winter routine.
So I had to figure out how to make vegan hot cocoa at home. Thankfully, it’s surprisingly easy! Using just sugar, cocoa powder, and a non-dairy milk results in a delicious cup of vegan hot chocolate. And if you’re feeling extra festive, some vegan marshmallows or a candy cane thrown in just for fun.
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The Best Vegan Hot Cocoa.
This vegan hot cocoa is rich and warming, and a wonderful treat on a chilly day!
Heat the almond milk in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. You do not want to boil it.
Whisk in your cocoa powder, and then your sugar. Whisk until it is smooth without any lumps.
Pour into mugs and top with vegan marshmallows if desired.
Of course, you can use any kind of dairy free milk that works for your diet. I used to prefer almond milk, because it has a nice creamy texture, but now we have nut allergies to deal with.
Thankfully, any non-dairy milk will work in this recipe. You can try coconut milk, soy milk, hemp milk – any plant-based milk will be fine.
If you would rather use a different sweetener, that would be just fine. You can make this recipe with date sugar, coconut sugar, or brown sugar. You could even make this vegan hot cocoa with maple syrup or agave syrup if you wish. I haven’t tried it with sugar substitutes, so if you try that, let me know how it works for you.
This vegan hot cocoa is:
- simple to make
- delicious and rich
- perfect for warming up after playing in the snow
That’s it for today, friends…have a wonderful autumn weekend! I hope you get a chance to sit down with a cup of cocoa and a good book! (And maybe a cookie or two – like these toasted coconut chocolate chip cookies).
This post is part of my series, 31 Days of Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Egg Free Comfort Food.