Warm Up This Winter with Our Cozy Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe

Friends, gather around for a delicious treat that is sure to delight your taste buds and warm your soul. Allow me to share with you my favorite vegan hot cocoa recipe. As the nights get colder, there’s nothing cozier than curling up with a cup of steaming hot cocoa.

Now, before you start wondering how a dairy-free hot chocolate can possibly be any good, just hear me out. This vegan hot cocoa recipe is the perfect blend of creamy and chocolatey, and it’s made with ingredients that are kind to both your taste buds and the planet.

I know what you’re thinking – “Hot cocoa isn’t exactly health food.” And sure, while it’s not exactly a superfood, this recipe is definitely more wholesome than most. Thanks to the use of non-dairy milks, unsweetened cocoa powder, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup, you’ll feel good about indulging in a mug of this comforting beverage.

But ultimately, the best thing about this vegan hot cocoa is simply how delicious it is. Whether you’re sharing it with friends at a winter gathering or snuggling up by the fire with a good book, this rich and creamy drink never fails to hit the spot.

So let’s grab our mugs and get started on making the best vegan hot cocoa around. Trust me, once you try it, you won’t even miss the dairy milk!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Hot Cocoa
Vegan Hot Cocoa

Folks, are you looking for a warm, comforting drink to cozy up to on a cold winter evening? Or perhaps you’re interested in cutting out dairy and trying some plant-based options? Well, look no further because I have just the recipe for you!

Introducing the best vegan hot cocoa recipe out there! This delectable drink will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also cater to your dietary preferences. Whether you’re a vegan or simply looking to try something new, this recipe has got you covered.

Let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe. First off, it uses unsweetened cocoa powder instead of dairy milk and is completely dairy-free. Secondly, it’s a relatively simple creamy vegan hot chocolate recipe that can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes. Plus, it calls for basic pantry ingredients that even the most novice cooks will have on hand.

But who said basic had to be boring? This cocoa powder-based recipe can be easily customized with your favorite non-dairy milk of choice. Whether it’s soy milk, almond milk or even oat milk; this recipe can adapt according to your taste preferences. Additionally, for those who need a sugar-free beverage option, replacing the sugar with maple syrup or any other preferred natural sweetener is hassle-free.

Still not convinced? Let me add some more excitement to the mix. The recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips to give a creamy and rich texture although for those watching their sugar intake – unsweetened dark chocolate does the trick just as well. For those looking for an extra decadent twist; how about topping the finished product with whipped cream made from coconut milk and garnishing it with white chocolate and pistachios pieces?

This healthy hot cocoa is proof that plant-based drinks can be just as delicious and indulgent as their dairy counterparts – if not more so! So give this creamy vegan hot chocolate recipe a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredient List

“Cozy up with a mug of warm vegan hot cocoa.”

Let’s take a peek into the ingredient list for this vegan hot cocoa recipe. It calls for simple pantry staples that you probably already have on hand. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to get started:

For the chocolate base:

  • 2 cups of non-dairy milk (such as oat milk or soy milk)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Optional add-ins and substitutions:

  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, for added sweetness
  • Vegan-friendly chocolate chips, for an extra chocolatey flavor
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao powder instead of cocoa powder
  • Other non-dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, or a blend of your favorite plant-based milk

With these simple ingredients, you’re on your way to making a delicious and creamy vegan hot cocoa recipe that begs to be savored.

The Recipe How-To

“Indulge in a guilt-free treat with this vegan hot cocoa recipe.”

Now it’s time for the most exciting part, the recipe itself! You are just moments away from indulging in a rich, creamy vegan hot cocoa.


  • 2 cups non-dairy milk of your choice (such as oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the non-dairy milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and salt until combined.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it begins to steam, whisking occasionally to prevent lumps.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add in the vanilla extract.
  4. Keep whisking for an additional minute or two to ensure everything is well combined and heated through.
  5. Taste the hot cocoa and adjust the sweetness or chocolate intensity according to your preference.

For a creamier vegan hot cocoa, you could swap out one cup of non-dairy milk for a cup of canned coconut milk.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to make this recipe even more decadent, feel free to add some vegan chocolate chips to create a richer flavor. Alternatively, you can sprinkle some cinnamon on top or add a scoop of vegan whipped cream for an extra treat.

Congratulations! You have successfully made a perfect vegan hot cocoa that is both creamy and delicious!

Substitutions and Variations

“Ditch the dairy and still get your chocolate fix with this vegan hot cocoa.”

Oh my, there’s a world of possibilities when it comes to making substitutions and variations for this vegan hot cocoa recipe! You can certainly customize your hot cocoa experience according to your taste preferences. Let me walk you through some options.

Milk choice:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of non-dairy milk! Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk are all great options for an ultra-creamy vegan hot cocoa. If you want a less creamy version of this recipe, you can even use water instead.


You can use maple syrup, agave nectar, honey (not strictly vegan), or any other sweetener that you like. Just make sure it’s vegan-friendly if you’re trying to maintain the dairy-free aspect of this recipe.

Chocolate choice:

A simple creamy vegan hot chocolate recipe like this is perfect for using up leftover bits of chocolate – just throw them in with the cocoa powder and sugar! You can also switch things up by using semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped into small pieces . To bring in more frolicness, pistachios or white chocolate could be used too- that makes for a decadent treat!

Cocoa powder:

If you don’t have unsweetened cocoa powder in your pantry or looking at a sugar free option, cacao powder can also work as a replacement as both offer similar depth and richness in flavor.

Make it extra special – throw in some spices!

A sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon powder or crushed cardamom seeds adds warm notes of flavor to the drink. For an added kick (pun intended!), you might want to add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili flakes.

So go ahead – customize your own perfect cup of vegan hot cocoa!

Serving and Pairing

“Satisfy your sweet tooth with this decadent vegan hot cocoa recipe.”

Now that you’ve made the best vegan hot cocoa, it’s time to enjoy it! This cozy drink is perfect for chilly evenings or as an indulgent treat anytime. Here are some serving and pairing ideas:

– Top it off: Add a dollop of vegan whipped cream or marshmallows on top to make it extra special. You can also sprinkle some cocoa powder or cinnamon on top.

– Snack time: Pair your cup of hot cocoa with some vegan cookies or a slice of cake. This would be amazing with some vegan brownies, shortbread cookies, or chocolate chip cookies.

– Spiked version: Love a bit of alcohol in your cocoa? Try adding a shot of your favorite spirit like whiskey, bourbon or rum. You can also make a spicy version with chili powder or cayenne pepper.

– Nutty flavor: For added crunch and nuttiness, chop some pistachios, almonds or hazelnuts and sprinkle them over the whipped cream.

– Sweet and salty: If you like sweet and salty combinations, add a pinch of sea salt to your hot cocoa before you add the whipped cream. It’ll balance out the sweetness and give a delicious flavor.

Just pick your favorite pairing and enjoy this creamy vegan hot chocolate. It’s rich, smooth, and perfect for any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The perfect drink for a chilly winter night: vegan hot cocoa.”

Now that you’ve made this delicious vegan hot cocoa, you might be wondering how to store it for later. Luckily, it’s very easy to make ahead and reheat later without losing any of its flavor.

To make ahead, simply prepare the hot cocoa according to the recipe instructions, and let it cool to room temperature. Then transfer it into an airtight container or a mason jar with a lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply pour it into a saucepan and heat it up until hot or microwave for 30 seconds at a time until heated through. Stir occasionally to prevent any clumping or settling of the ingredients.

If you find that your hot cocoa has become too thick after refrigeration, don’t worry. Simply add a splash or two of your favorite non-dairy milk until it reaches your desired consistency.

Another great way to enjoy this vegan hot cocoa is by storing the dry mix in an airtight container for later use. Simply combine all the dry ingredients and store in an airtight container or a mason jar until needed. When you’re ready to enjoy some hot chocolate, just take 2-3 tablespoons of the mix and add to your choice of non-dairy milk!

One tip to keep in mind when reheating this vegan hot cocoa is to heat slowly on low heat as this will help maintain its smooth texture and prevent burning from high heat.

Whether enjoying freshly made or reheated from making ahead, this vegan hot cocoa is sure to warm your soul and bring comfort on cold days!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Stay warm and cozy inside with a mug of delicious vegan hot cocoa.”

Now that you have the recipe for the best vegan hot cocoa, let me share some tips for perfect results.

First, use the milk of your choice, but keep in mind that some non-dairy milk, such as oat milk or coconut milk, tends to create a creamier texture than others like almond milk or soy milk.

If you want a sweeter taste, use a sweetener like maple syrup or sugar-free sweeteners like stevia. Remember that chocolate chips may add sweetness as well, so adjust accordingly.

Make sure to use high-quality cocoa powder or cacao powder to achieve a rich and robust flavor. I recommend using unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder for this recipe.

When heating the mixture, be careful not to overheat it as the mixture can burn quickly due to the sugar content. Use low heat and consistently stir the mixture for an even heat distribution.

To make your vegan hot cocoa creamier and more decadent, add cocoa butter or vegan-friendly whipped cream on top.

Also, you may add a touch of vanilla extract or your favorite spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to add aroma and depth of flavor.

Last but not least, garnish with vegan chocolate chips, white chocolate shavings or crushed pistachio nuts for visual appeal and added texture.

With these tips in mind, you are sure to enjoy a perfect cup of creamy vegan hot cocoa every time.


Now, let’s move on to the FAQ section where we will answer some of the most common questions related to this delicious vegan hot cocoa recipe. Whether you have never made hot cocoa before or are a seasoned pro, these helpful tips and tricks will enhance your experience and ensure you get the perfect cup every time. So, let’s dive in!

What vegan milk is best for hot chocolate?

When it comes to enhancing the flavor of your hot chocolate with plant-based milk, oat and almond milk are great options. Oat milk will bring a touch of sweetness to the chocolate while still preserving its rich taste. Meanwhile, almond milk can add a nutty hint and a less creamy texture, which works well if you prefer your hot chocolate less rich.

What is vegan hot chocolate made of?

To prepare a rich and creamy chocolate milk that satiates your taste buds, you will need the following ingredients: four cups of milk of your choice, two cups of full-fat canned coconut milk or cashew cream, half a cup of cocoa powder, quarter cup of regular or unrefined sugar, pure maple syrup or agave, a quarter teaspoon of salt, and two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. Combine these ingredients in the right proportions to make a tantalizing chocolate milk that you can sip leisurely.

What is alternative milk for hot cocoa?

For a non-dairy alternative to milk in hot chocolate, oat milk would be an excellent option. Its consistency is perfect for achieving the desired texture, which is slightly thinner than traditional hot chocolate. While cashew milk and soy milk are also viable choices, almond milk and coconut milk should be avoided.

Is Hershey’s hot cocoa vegan?

If you’re a fan of hot cocoa, you’ll be glad to know that Hershey’s Cocoa offers both an original and Special Dark variety that are compatible with a vegan diet. Additionally, any type of cacao powder can be used to make a delicious cup of hot cocoa in combination with your favorite non-dairy milk and sweetener. It’s a simple and tasty way to make sure you’re sticking to your vegan lifestyle while still indulging in a comforting beverage.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this vegan hot cocoa recipe is not only delicious, but also cruelty-free, and suited for those who would like to opt for a dairy-free and plant-based alternative. With just a few simple ingredients that are easy to find, you can create a cup of hot cocoa that is perfect for snuggling up with on a chilly day. You can customize it to your preference by using different non-dairy milk choices or adding in some vegan chocolate chips or white chocolate for an extra indulgent twist. Plus, this recipe is also adaptable for sugar-free or lower sugar options by substituting maple syrup for your preferred sweetener.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try! Share a cozy cup of vegan hot cocoa with your friends and family, while doing your part in reducing animal cruelty and promoting a healthier lifestyle. And if there are any other plant-based recipes you’d like us to share, let us know in the comments below!

Vegan Hot Cocoa

Vegan Hot Cocoa Recipe

My non vegan boyfriend and I love this.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Vegan
Calories 122.1 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup soymilk (you can try any flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • Add all ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Stir over medium heat until warm throughout.
  • Serve in two holiday-decor mugs. :).

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 137gCalories: 122.1kcalCarbohydrates: 17.5gProtein: 5gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 62.4mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 11.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Vegan
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