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Vegan Hot Cocoa

Delicious vegan hot cocoa topped with coconut whipped cream and a luxurious chocolate drizzle.

A mug of vegan hot cocoa topped with whipped coconut cream and a chocolate drizzle.

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A delicious treat during the winter season, vegan hot cocoa is rich, sweet, and warms your soul. It’s a comforting drink that is basically necessary during the stress of the holidays.

Between hot cocoa & my friend Lisa’s blog The Stress-Free Christmas we are bound to have a much more relaxing season.

Perhaps not surprisingly, hot cocoa is incredibly easy to make vegan. Cocoa is inherently vegan, so all you need to do is substitute your favorite non-dairy milk.

Hot cocoa is delicious on its own, but if you want to step it up and make it a decadent dessert, I love putting vegan whipped cream and chocolate syrup on mine (recipes for both below!) You might even be able to find vegan marshmallows – Trader Joe’s carries some or you can buy vegan marshmallows on Amazon.

Ingredients

For the full, printable recipe, see the recipe card below.

  • Non-dairy milk: Choose your favorite! I usually prefer plain oat milk.
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa powder: Unsweetened
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Optional: Vegan Whipped Cream
  • Optional chocolate syrup: maple syrup and cocoa powder

How to Make Vegan Hot Cocoa

  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the vanilla extract to a pot. Turn the stove to medium heat, and warm up the mixture. Whisk while cooking. Once the liquid heats up, the cocoa will mix in and dissolve.
  2. Don’t boil the mixture. Heat until the hot cocoa is warmed to your preferred temperature and all of the ingredients are dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Top with some vegan whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle some chocolate shavings on top. 

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream

For homemade whipped cream, I recommend making it from a can of coconut cream. Here are the instructions for Whipped Coconut Cream.

There are also some really great store-bought options! Reddi Whip came out with TWO non-dairy whipped toppings in Almond and Coconut. They are both heavenly but I really love the coconut version. Another option is CocoWhip which can be found in the frozen section (this is harder for me to find, but Whole Foods usually carries it.)

A mug of dairy-free hot cocoa mix with whipped cream on top.

Make a Mix

If you’re a true chocolate lover, creating a vegan hot cocoa mix will make things much easier. Mixes also make for great holiday gifts!

To a mason jar, add:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Whisk or shake until well combined and top with a lid. This mix will make 6 mugs of hot cocoa.

Write these instructions on a label secured to the jar: “For one serving, stir ¼ cup of mix with 1½ cup non-dairy milk. Heat until warm. Remove from heat. Stir in ¼ tsp vanilla extract.”

Vegan Hot Cocoa

Karissa Besaw
This vegan hot cocoa recipe is made with non-dairy milk. Top yours with vegan whipped cream and chocolate syrup for a real treat!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Drink
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 2 mugs
Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients
  

Hot Cocoa

Chocolate Syrup

Instructions
 

Hot Cocoa

  • Add all of the ingredients except for the vanilla extract to a pot. Turn the stove to medium heat, and warm up the mixture. Whisk while cooking. Once the liquid heats up, the cocoa will mix in and dissolve.
  • Don't boil the mixture. Heat until the hot cocoa is warmed to your preferred temperature and all of the ingredients are dissolved.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Carefully pour or ladle in your favorite mug!
  • Top with some vegan whipped cream, drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle some chocolate shavings on top. 

Chocolate Syrup

  • Whisk together the cocoa powder and maple syrup until the cocoa powder is fully incorporated. Warm up if desired.

Notes

  • You can substitute the cane sugar with maple syrup or agave – whatever you like. The amount may vary.
  • To adjust the serving size, hover over the serving size number at the top of the recipe card.
  • Nutrition facts do not include toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 13gFat: 9g
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