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Rich, chocolatey, frosty, dreamy, homemade frozen hot chocolate…

FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE - 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 cup milk of choice, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup... Continue reading:


It seems every time I mention my love for New York City, someone will ask, “Have you been to Serendipity? Have you had their frozen hot chocolate? It’s life-changing!

What’s a healthy-eating vegan, who’s never been to Serendipity, to do?

Make my own frozen hot chocolate, of course!

What you need for the recipe: 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 cup milk of choice, 1/2 cup...

serendipity frozen hot chocolate

For a healthy topping, be sure to try this with my Healthy Reddi-Wip Cream on top!

serendipity hot chocolate


Frozen Hot Chocolate

(Makes 1 really big serving)

  • 1 cup milk of choice – use at least 1/3 cup as lite or full-fat canned coconut milk if you want a truly-rich treat
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • scant 1/16th tsp salt – important
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, sugar, etc. OR pinch pure stevia
  • Optional for an even richer flavor, add a little melted chocolate (Serendipity’s recipe calls for this)

Combine ingredients and whisk together on the stove. Or microwave 30 seconds, stir, then microwave another 30 seconds. Let cool, then pour into an ice-cube tray. If you don’t have one, pour into three or four small containers. (Or pour it all into one container, but be sure to thaw before doing the next step so your blender can handle the one big block of frozen-ness.) Freeze. Once frozen, pop the mixture into a blender and blend! I used my Vitamix. Do not add ice, which would dilute the flavor. Ideas for Variations: Add almond or mint extract, blend in some banana, spike with rum, or even add peanut butter!


Frozen Hot Chocolate Nutrition Facts:
(For the entire thing)

  • Calories: 80
  • fat grams: 4.5
  • Protein grams: 3
  • Sugar grams: 0 (if using stevia)

I first made this using only almond milk. I liked it… but my taste-tester friends—some of whom have tasted the real thing from Serendipity—said it was more like frozen ice milk than hot chocolate. I agreed; the recipe was missing that rich, hot-chocolate flavor. Nothin’ a little fat couldn’t fix! So if you can spare the calories in your diet, try using at least 1/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk. It will still be much healthier than the Serendipity version (220 calories to their 850. I’m not sure what their serving size is… but my recipe makes a pretty big serving! And it has no cholesterol and can be sugar-free.)

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Oh, YUM!!! My dad took me to Serendipity back in my nonvegan high school days, and we had a lot of fun, but I’d rather have a vegan version any day! 🙂

  2. Freya says:

    Oh that looks delightful!!! If I had freezer space I’d be on that in a flash :p

  3. Now that is something I want right now!

  4. um. Layer cake please? Perhaps of the spice variety? or waffles!

    1. Waffles! Yes! I’m always so lazy and haven’t made my own waffles in… ever? 🙁

  5. Gen says:

    Yummy! I’m thinking this would make an awesome afternoon snack!

  6. Can you make a healthy cinnamon roll!!?

    1. Oh my gosh, that has been on my to-do list for-evah! I reeeeaally wanna make a single-serving one too!

      1. Brandi says:

        I second that cinnamon roll and making a single serving one too!!!

        1. Allison says:

          I totally third this! I tried to make some calculations for a single serving cinnamon roll but never followed through…

          1. Kate says:

            You can get vegan cinanmon rolls @ a vegan bakery here in Philly (Sweet Freedom–and to be exact they are “gluten free ~ vegan ~ dairy free ~ egg free~ soy free ~ corn free ~ peanut free ~ refined-sugar free ~ kosher”) They are absolutely DIVINE, although I’m not sure how healthy they are. The $3.75 price tag makes them healthy enough–I’m a miser and will only allow myself one!

          2. Holy cinnamon! Wha??? They did NOT have that when I went to college in Philly. No fair! In Philly’s defense, they DID have a vegan bakery with chocolate chip cheesecake, German chocolate cake, etc. which I would get as often as possible! But I would’ve LOVED a place with vegan cinnamon rolls!

  7. Yum!! I’ve had the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity and loved it, so I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    I’d love to see ice cream be healthier! I’ve definitely tried some good vitamix chocolate ice “cream” recipes, but most of them have turned out tasting chalky (from cocoa powder) or too much like banana for a chocolate ice “cream” recipe. Do you have an idea? 🙂

    1. I love this recipe:
      You can use frozen strawberries too. The trick is to use Hershey’s special dark cocoa. I know exactly what you mean about the cocoa tasting chalky… when I tried to use regular cocoa in this recipe, that happened. But the extra-dark works wonders!

  8. Sarah C. says:

    Holy chocolate! You are incredible. Each dessert gets better and better! Now, as for naughty treats, what about vegan m&ms? Or oh wait, you know chocolate chip cookie dough balls? Could you maybe do a single-lady version of those???? I know you have a raw version, but if you could do a baked version, I would LOVE you forever!

  9. I have always wanted to try the one at serendipity! katie, every day you amaze me!

  10. Yummy! Frozen hot chocolate is the way to go!!

    I actually did something like this last summer. I made up a packet of Swiss Miss 25 calorie hot cocoa mix and poured it into an ice cube tray, let it freeze, then blended it! So delicious.

  11. L-O-V-E! ive never been to Serendipity but iv heard all about it! so clever you are! and HECK yeah make it with the full fat coconut.. thats pretty darn healthy if you ask me!
    im trying to think of something that you havent actually CCKatie-ified yet.. which is DIFFICULT!
    gimme a sec…

    ALAS! could you do a single serve pie? (not a fruit filling- chocolaty filling!!)

  12. I want to do a face plant in that! YUM! I love making over naughty treats…my brain is constantly moving in that direction. This looks perfect!

    1. Hahaha your face would freeze! 😉

  13. Kimberley says:

    WOW- this looks delicious. I must add it to my list of things to try 🙂
    I loveeeeee chocolate!

  14. This looks amazing! This is kind of a dumb question, but does the coconut milk make it taste really coconutty? I’m not a coconut fan 🙂

    1. Not a dumb question at all!! It doesn’t make it taste coconutty at all, especially if you only use 1/3 cup. (I think the cocoa masks the taste, too.) But you could also use creamer (such as Silk brand).

  15. Lisa says:

    uh YUMMM. something that needs a healthy makeover is cinnamon buns! they are SOO delicious, but so full of sugar and fat! Work your magic, Katie! 🙂

  16. Melissa says:

    I’d smooch you forever if you did a french silk pie ala Baker’s Square/Perkin’s. 😉 If that’s more a punishment than a prize, I’ll let my cute rats smooch you instead. They also do a lovely manicure!

    I keep trying vegan french silk recipes I can’t seem to get the fluffy mousse-y but dense and crazy rich texture down! Tofu just doesn’t work quite right. It’s GOOD but not… yanno… EPIC. 😉

    1. Haha I dunno if I’d want rat kisses either… but then again, I don’t even like when Henry kisses me! He tries all the time. I swear, that dog’s tongue is never in his mouth!

      1. Melissa says:

        Awwwww. Rat kisses are nice!
        They aren’t drooly like dogs…

        VIDEO PROOF:

        (Yes, those are my boys. Yes, I sound like a dork.)

  17. Ooooooooooooh how about healthified truffles!

  18. T says:

    I’ve heard about that Serendipity frozen hot cocoa too! Great idea veganizing it.

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