This luxuriously 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
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With just five basic ingredients, it’s super easy to make, and completely delicious. You might already have all the ingredients on hand to be fully prepared for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, snow days, or any time a hot chocolate craving hits.
The best thing about making your own hot cocoa at home (besides saving money) is that you get to be in control of all the ingredients.
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How to make hot chocolate 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.
Also try this Whipped Coffee Recipe
This easy vegan hot cocoa can be:
Hot Chocolate Flavors
Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Add 1/8 teaspoon pure peppermint extract when you add the vanilla. Or spike it with some peppermint schnapps.
Mocha Hot Chocolate: Instead of using brewed espresso, which could water down the cocoa drink, simply stir in 1/2 teaspoon of regular or decaf instant coffee.
Orange Hot Cocoa: Add the zest from one orange and a tablespoon of the juice.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate: Stir in a tablespoon or two of peanut butter (or almond butter or cashew butter) before heating the hot chocolate beverage.
Nutella Hot Chocolate: Stir in a spoonful of your favorite plant based chocolate hazelnut spread or this homemade vegan Nutella Recipe.
Gingerbread Hot Cocoa: Use blackstrap or regular molasses to sweeten, and add a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
Top your hot cocoa with mini vegan marshmallows or Coconut Whipped Cream.
Crock Pot Hot Cocoa
If you want a larger size slow cooker hot chocolate recipe to feed a crowd, try the following instead of the single serving recipe further down in the post.
4 cups milk of choice, 2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk or cashew cream, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup regular or unrefined sugar, pure maple syrup, or agave, 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 tsp pure vanilla extract.
Add everything except the vanilla to the crockpot, and cook on low for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in the vanilla extract and any other extracts or flavors you wish.
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 hot chocolate 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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Above – watch the video how to make hot chocolate
Vegan Hot Chocolate
- 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.View Nutrition Facts
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