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Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate (SO GOOD)

The best winter drink!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe.

Homemade vegan hot chocolate or hot cocoa (as my kids fondly say) is the only hot chocolate recipe you need! It is rich, creamy, super cozy, and seriously so delicious! It will compliment your coffee cake, banana bread, or cranberry bread and give you the ultimate satisfaction! The ingredients for this easy homemade vegan hot chocolate recipe includes almond milk, raw cacao, semi-sweet chocolate (plus other ingredients that is good for you). Also, this recipe it is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo, and vegan! You can’t beat that!

Though you can totally enjoy this healthy hot chocolate during the summer or any other time of the year. This recipe is perfect during the cold season, especially in the winter!

OK, foodie friend; I am beyond excited to show you how to make hot chocolate you will (actually) enjoy; this foolproof recipe will never fail!

Homemade vegan hot chocolate is cozy, rich, creamy, satisfying, and comforting! We made this with dairy-free milk, raw cacao and other healthish ingredients! The best part is that it takes only 5 minutes or less to make! Click To Tweet
Easy to make homemade vegan hot chocolate is rich, creamy, satisfying, and comforting! This recipe is made with dairy-free milk, raw cacao, semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Also, this hot chocolate recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, stress-free, paleo, and vegan. And the best part is that you can make it in 5 minutes less!!! Make this when the weather is cold, to stay warm and cozy! #Cozydrink #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #winterdrink #Veganhotchocolate #Christmas

The Origin of HOT CHOCOLATE

Surprisingly (well not), hot chocolate or hot cocoa originated in Mexico around 2,500–3,000 years ago by the Mayans. Some history says hot chocolate predates the Mayans. They made it with ground cocoa seeds mixed with water, cornmeal, chili peppers, etc. It has a thick consistency, is spicy, bitter, and mostly drank cold. Read more about the origin of this recipe here. From this short history, you can quickly tell that the original hot chocolate drink recipe was likely vegan.

Since its introduction to the world, hot chocolate, aka hot cocoa, has gone through different variations. Gladly it is now enjoyed across the globe, and here we are! Unlike before, most hot cocoa recipes are typically sweetened. However, when you make them at home like this homemade vegan hot chocolate recipe, you can modify it. 

Easy to make homemade vegan hot chocolate is rich, creamy, satisfying, and comforting! This recipe is made with dairy-free milk, raw cacao, semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Also, this hot chocolate recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, stress-free, paleo, and vegan. And the best part is that you can make it in 5 minutes less!!! Make this when the weather is cold, to stay warm and cozy! #Cozydrink #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #winterdrink #Veganhotchocolate #Christmas

Ingredients for Healthy Vegan Hot Chocolate:

Almond milk, raw cacao powder, maple syrup, semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla extract

Cocoa Vs. Cacao:

Amazingly, cocoa and cacao are almost the same except that cocoa is processed using high temperature. Sometimes, people use these words interchangeably; however, there is some few differences. Unfortunately, some cocoa powder sold in stores may contain dry powdered milk, sugar, and other ingredients.

However, for this homemade vegan hot chocolate recipe, I opted for raw cacao powder – it is naturally unsweetened, vegan, and a little bitter. This is the brand I used. Also, no matter what you do, I do not recommend buying a hot chocolate mix from the store! 

HOW TO MAKE THIS VEGAN HOT COCOA (aka Hot Chocolate):

  1. Place a clean pan on the stove and add almond milk, raw cacao, dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup,  and vanilla extract.
  2. Keep stirring with a whisk until everything dissolves and the hot cocoa is hot to your desire. Pour into a cup or mug. Finally, top with marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, or what you desire.
  3. Enjoy or share this creamy health-ish homemade vegan hot chocolate with a loved one!
Easy to make homemade vegan hot chocolate is rich, creamy, satisfying, and comforting! This recipe is made with almond milk, raw cacao, semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Also, this hot chocolate recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, stress-free, paleo, and vegan. And the best part is that you can make it in 5 minutes less!!! Make this when the weather is cold, to stay warm and cozy! #Cozydrink #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #winterdrink #Veganhotchocolate #Christmas

Easy Variations of Hot Chocolate:

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate: Just as the name suggests, add a dash of ground cinnamon or through in a cinnamon stick. Also, nutmeg is another fall/winter spice that goes so well with hot chocolate recipes.

Turmeric Hot Cocoa: Keep it all healthy with Turmeric. If you have ever tried turmeric latte, you will enjoy this variation! Simply add a teaspoon of ground turmeric and a dash of ground black pepper alongside the ingredients. Then follow the instructions to make good old vegan hot chocolate!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Peppermint is one of the major flavors of the Christmas season and winter! We love this flavor as well! Make sure to get a mint or peppermint extract, and just as you would the vanilla extract, use mint extract instead.

Coffee-Infused Hot Cocoa: My husband loves hot coffee cocoa (primarily because he loves coffee, anything)! Just like the others, this variation is super easy to make! Add a teaspoon of instant coffee alongside the other ingredients, stir, and enjoy! In the absence of instant coffee, you can sub a cup of almond milk with a cup of brewed cold coffee. In other words, you will use a cup of almond milk + a cup of brewed coffee. 

Easy to make homemade vegan hot chocolate is rich, creamy, satisfying, and comforting! This recipe is made with dairy-free milk, raw cacao, semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Also, this hot chocolate recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, stress-free, paleo, and vegan. And the best part is that you can make it in 5 minutes less!!! Make this when the weather is cold, to stay warm and cozy! #Cozydrink #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #winterdrink #Veganhotchocolate #Christmas
SERIOUSLY SO GOOD y'all!!! This hot chocolate aka hot cocoa is a must-try! Also, it is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, paleo, and stress-free!🙌🏾 Click To Tweet

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE VEGAN HOT CHOCOLATE:

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The best winter drink!

Homemade Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe (SERIOUSLY SO GOOD)


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Easy to make homemade vegan hot chocolate is rich, creamy, satisfying, and comforting! This recipe is made with almond milk, raw cacao, semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Also, this hot chocolate recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, stress-free, paleo, and vegan. And the best part is that you can make it in 5 minutes less!!! Make this when the weather is cold, to stay warm and cozy!


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 2 servings of dairy-free Semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 cups of unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Original Maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Place a clean pan on the stove and add almond milk, raw cacao, dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup,  and vanilla extract.
  2. Keep stirring with a whisk until everything dissolves and the hot cocoa is hot to your desire. Pour into a cup or mug. Finally, top with marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, or what you desire.
  3. Enjoy or share this creamy health-ish homemade vegan hot chocolate with a loved one!

Notes

The toppings are not included in the nutrition calculations because they are optional.

There are many dairy free chocolate to use; if you wish to use dark then try Beyond Good brand.

  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Hot chocolate, Hot cocoa, Vegan hot cocoa, Vegan Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate recipe, Cozy Drink, Winter Drink, Christmas Recipe

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Easy to make homemade vegan hot chocolate is rich, creamy, satisfying, and comforting! This recipe is made with dairy-free milk, raw cacao, semi-sweet chocolate, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Also, this hot chocolate recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, stress-free, paleo, and vegan. And the best part is that you can make it in 5 minutes less!!! Make this when the weather is cold, to stay warm and cozy! #Cozydrink #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #winterdrink #Veganhotchocolate #Christmas

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Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Hi, I'm Nkechi "Kechi" Ajaeroh, a Public Health professional turned Inspirational author slash exceptional home cook. A 2x International Best Selling Author of Elevate Your Life with the Power of Positive Perception and Gratefully Growing. African, (specifically, Nigerian) Food Enthusiast, watermelon connoisseur, on my to finessing my fitness. This blog is all about loving food, living life, practicing gratitude, and inspiring you to use your wings. Join the journey.

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