Vegan Hot Chocolate

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Tis the season for hot chocolate. And of course I wanted a great vegan alternative to regular hot chocolate that would be just as creamy, decadent and delicious. And boy oh boy did I find it. This vegan hot chocolate is not only super quick and easy to make, it’s also smooth, rich, chocolatey and mouthwateringly good.

For me, it’s really not Christmas unless I drink hot chocolate. It’s one of those strange childhood favorities that have stuck with me and somewhere along the way it grew into a must have. Now, I not only adore hot chocolate, I’m also really picky about it. It needs to be just the right level of richness, creaminess and of course it also needs to be super chocolatey. I mean, it’s not real hot chocolate unless it tastes like chocolate, right?

Hot chocolate has that magical ability to make every day a little better and a lot cozyer. Although I’m veegetarian and not fully vegan, I still like to have a couple of really good vegan alternatives to all my favorite recipes – because I want to have the choice and I want to give myself the opportunity to eat and drink primarily vegan while never compromising on the taste.

What’s great about this vegan hot chocolate recipe:

  • It’s super easy and quick to make – barely takes 5 minutes and they’re ready to enjoy
  • Vegan, gluten free and soy free
  • Tastes amazing – it’s delicious, rich and chocolatey

Plant milk

You can use whatever plant milk you prefer for this recipe. I adore the rich and creamy taste that almond milk provides, but you can just as easily use soy milk or your preferred non-dairy milk.

Delicious variations

There’s so many delicious variations to hot chocolate. I have included the basic recipe here, because that is the base of every great vegan hot cocoa recipe you can make. Once you have this recipe, it’s so easy to get creative and start adding different spices.

Some of my favorite spices are:

  • Cinnamon
  • Kardemom
  • Liqorice
  • Christmas spice mix
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Coffee

How to serve

I like cuddle up with a hot cup of cocoa and drink it just as is…but I also adore serving it with my delicious soft chocolate chip cookies or vegan chocolate chip cookies. There’s just something about chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa that makes it a match made in heaven.

How is this vegan hot chocolate made? It’s so quick and easy:

  • Heat the almond milk in a medium pot and add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and chocolate chips. Stir gently to combine while the chocolate melts.
  • Turn the heat down and stir while it cooks (it’s important not to let it come to a boil). Remove from the heat once the chocolate is melted and whisk in vanilla extract and salt.
  • Carefully, pour into two mugs and top off with whipped coconut cream and vegan marshmallows. Serve hot and enjoy.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

Homemade vegan hot chocolate has never been easier. This recipe is rich, creamy and deliciously chocolatey.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword hot cocoa, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Almond Milk or your preferred plant milk
  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ cup Dairy Free Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of salt

Optional Topping

  • Coconut Whip Cream
  • Vegan Marsmallows
  • Grated Chocolate

Instructions

  • Heat the almond milk in a medium pot and add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and chocolate chips. Stir gently to combine while the chocolate melts.
  • Turn the heat down and stir while it cooks (it's important not to let it come to a boil).
    Remove from the heat once the chocolate is melted and whisk in vanilla extract and salt.
  • Carefully, pour into two mugs and top off with whipped coconut cream and vegan marshmallows.
    Serve hot and enjoy.

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