Vegan Hot Cocoa

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With chilly weather outside, it’s the perfect time to whip up a Vegan Hot Cocoa for a cozy nightcap! This hot chocolate recipe is super easy, taking just 5 minutes and using only 4 simple ingredients. Plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Vegan Hot Cocoa is ready in just 5 minutes with only 4 simple ingredients!
  • It’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and grain-free, perfect for those with dietary restrictions.
  • This hot chocolate makes a delightful nightcap, warming you up from the inside out.
  • Free from refined sugars, it’s a healthier option for your sweet cravings.
  • Customize your hot cocoa with marshmallows, whipped cream, or marshmallow fluff.
  • Pair it with mint chocolate chip cookies or Iced Oatmeal Cookies for a delightful treat.
  • Ideal for colder weather, keeping you warm and cozy.
  • Sneakily healthy, so your kids won’t suspect a thing.
  • Made with organic cacao powder, which is packed with antioxidants.

Helpful Tips and Tricks:

  • For a richer and thicker hot chocolate, add more cacao powder.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more maple syrup if desired.
  • Stir consistently while heating to prevent any clumps from forming.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I use a different type of milk instead of oat milk?
    Yes! Feel free to use any milk or nut milk alternative such as cashew milk, almond milk, hemp milk, or regular cow’s milk.
  • Do I have to add chocolate?
    While chocolate adds a richer flavor, you can still enjoy the hot cocoa with just cacao powder.
  • Can I use sugar instead of maple syrup?
    Absolutely! You can use honey, agave, date syrup, or various sugars like brown sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar, or monk fruit sweetener.

Vegan Hot Cocoa

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 1 cup oat milk or any other milk or nut milk alternative
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey, agave, or other sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Toppings: vegan marshmallows dairy or dairy-free whipped cream, gingerbread man, chocolate shavings, or cocoa dust


  • In a small saucepan over medium to low heat, combine all ingredients, stirring consistently until well incorporated and heated through.
  • Pour into a mug, add your favorite toppings, and enjoy!


  • Adjust the richness by adding more cacao powder.
  • Sweeten to taste with additional maple syrup if desired.
  • Stir consistently while heating to avoid clumps.

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