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Frozen Hot Chocolate

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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Published on March 29, 2011

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          • 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!

          • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

            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!

  1. Lindsey @Textbooks and Cookbooks says

    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? 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) says

    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.

  4. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    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!!)

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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. 😉

  7. Carrie LeighAnna says

    I’m DEFINITELY going to try this very soon!!

    So I JUST discovered your blog not 24 hours ago and I’ve been completely obsessed. It so fun and inspiring! I even went as far as to make the Sex Bomb babies this morning. And can I please be honest and say I didn’t think they’d necessarily be as good as buckeyes? Because I didn’t. BUT I WAS SO WRONG!!

    CCK, these babies are AMAZING!! I’ll be trying out the others VERY soon. KEEP ON BLOGGING YOUR LITTLE HEART OUT! You’re amazing!

  8. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I love the idea of adding rum — great idea Katie!

    Other naughty treats — do you have a cherry pie recipe of some sort?

  9. Faith @ lovelyascharged says

    Oh my dang, this is gonna be awesome for summer!
    Hmm…what needs a makeover? My vote goes to a churro. I don’t know how that could really be made over though…but in an ideal world there’s an equally tasty but healthy version of a fried stick of sugar-coated dough…

  10. Ulli says

    its just great that you mention new york and serendipity today, as i’ll go aaaaall the way from europe to new york TOMORROW morning!!! thanks, i’ll go there for sure!! (as i can’t have one of your frozen hot chocolates ;-))

  11. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit says

    looks really amazing! never even heard of serendipity but it sounds like heaven on earth 😉

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