Rich and creamy homemade vegan hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm you up from the cold of winter!
5 Ingredient Vegan Hot Chocolate
This is definitely a great recipe to bookmark!
With just five basic ingredients, it’s easy to make, and so delicious! And you might already have all the ingredients on hand, so you can be fully prepared any time a hot chocolate craving hits.
The best thing about making your own at home (besides saving money) is that you get to be in control of all the ingredients – you can use more or less sugar depending on your desired tastes, add a little peppermint extract if you’re a chocolate peppermint fan like I am, or top it off with coconut whipped cream or Vegan Marshmallow Fluff.
WATCH THE VIDEO, ABOVE
How To Make It Like Starbucks
To recreate the Starbucks hot cocoa, I first looked at their ingredients:
Almondmilk [Filtered Water, Almonds, Sugar, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol)], Mocha Sauce [Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin].
Okay so… milk, sugar, vanilla, and cocoa processed with alkali (which just means they use Dutch cocoa). Sounded pretty easy, and the Starbucks hot chocolate can actually already be vegan, which is good to know if you’re ever out running errands and find yourself craving hot chocolate.
For my homemade dairy free hot chocolate recipe, instead of combining water, sugar, and cocoa to make a sauce, I decided to streamline it and omit the water, both for simplicity and to not dilute the flavor of the final product.
This Easy Vegan Hot Cocoa Can Be:
Hot Chocolate Flavors:
Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Add 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract when you add the vanilla.
Mocha Hot Chocolate: Stir in 1/2 tsp instant coffee along with the cocoa – I use this organic decaf instant coffee.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate: Stir in 1-2 tbsp peanut butter before heating the hot chocolate.
Tips For Success:
The Cocoa: Starbucks uses Dutch cocoa, which has a milder and more chocolatey taste than regular unsweetened cocoa powder. It still tastes perfectly delicious with regular cocoa, just not as much like the one from Starbucks.
The Milk: I tried numerous different milks in this recipe and found that my favorite was a combination of coconut and almond milk. If you don’t need a lower-fat recipe, I highly recommend trying it with the coconut milk because the added fat makes the recipe ultra creamy. If you’re allergic to coconut, subbing cashew cream or stirring in 1-2 tbsp raw cashew butter works just as well!
The Other Ingredients: Be sure to use pure vanilla extract, not imitation. Sweetener amount will depend on whether or not you’re using unsweetened milk, as well as your own personal tastebuds and what sweetener you choose to use. And don’t forget that pinch of salt! It might be small, but leaving it out will completely change the flavor of the hot chocolate.
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Vegan Hot Chocolate
Adapted from this Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe
Vegan Hot Chocolate (Just Like Starbucks!)
- 2/3 cup milk of choice
- 1/3 cup coconut milk (or additional milk of choice)
- 3 tbsp Dutch cocoa, or 2 tbsp regular
- 1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice, as desired
- 1/16 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- optional 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
Notes: See “tips for success” above in this post for the ingredients that yield the best results. There’s also a step-by-step recipe video above.
Directions: Whisk all ingredients except vanilla. Either heat on the stovetop, or microwave in 30-second increments—stirring after each—until hot. Stir in the vanilla, and whisk to finish dissolving the cocoa. Serve.
More Vegan Chocolate Recipes:
Fat Bombs (Keto, Vegan, No Bake)