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Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

by Capri Lilly

A decadent, dairy-free hot chocolate made with creamy almond milk, rich cacao, sweetened with date syrup, and topped with vegan marshmallow — talk about a sweet treat! This winter-time must tastes EVEN BETTER than regular hot chocolate, and can be made in less than 5 minutes!

If you love this warm winter drink, then you’ll love my Dairy-Free Eggnog or my Golden Milk Latte recipe! Or, if you want to take your hot chocolate to a new level!? Try Hot Chocolate Bombs

Homemade Hot Chocolate Dairy Free

Did I mention this homemade hot chocolate is rich, creamy, and absolutely delicious? Did I also mention that it is completely DAIRY-FREE!?

I have to say that this hot chocolate is perfect for those cold winter days when you need something quick and sweet to warm you up. Sometimes I even like to make spiked hot chocolate for those special occasions and holiday gatherings! That’s the beauty of this recipe, besides the fact that is super easy, it is perfect for kids and adults.

cacao beans benefits

What is the secret to this richness of this hot chocolate? 

It’s Cacao!

Cacao (Pronounced Kuh-Cow) is one of the most powerful superfoods!

  • Cacao is the healthy substitute for chocolate.
  • Cacao beans are seeds from the Theobroma Cacao Tree. Cocoa Powder comes from the same tree, but through heat and chemical processing loses all of its nutritional value!
  • Raw Organic Cacao Powder, on the other hand, is minimally processed by cold-pressing raw cacao beans, therefore it retains all of its incredible nutrients!!
  • Cacao has more antioxidants per gram than blueberries, goji berries, and pomegranates. (1)
  • It’s High in magnesium- which helps relieve muscle tension, anxiety, and improves brain health (2)
  • It has the highest plant-based source of iron! (3)
  • Has a high level of Flavonoids- which boost heart health by lower cholesterol and blood pressure (4)
  • It contains Amino Acids such as Tryptophan- which naturally helps to enhance relaxation and boost mood. (5)

If you’ve been following my food blog for a while, you know that I am obsessed with cacao and all its incredible nutrients and deep flavor! I use it often and for various dishes, like smoothies, chia pudding, and icing!


raw cacao powder for hot chocolate

There are several ways to incorporate Cacao into your diet.

An easy way to make your chocolate desserts a bit healthier is to substitute Organic Cacao for Cocoa powder.

It is an easy 1:1 ratio (replace 1g Cacao for 1 gram Cocoa Powder)!

Here’s how to easily make this Creamy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate in three simple steps!

Step 1: 

Pour 2 cups almond milk into a pot over medium heat. Add 3 tablespoons cacao, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional), and 3 tablespoons date syrup (or maple syrup). Stir well until all the lumps have dissolved and the mixture is a smooth texture. 

healthy hot chocolate recipe

Step 2: 

Allow the mixture to come to a subtle boil (about 5 minutes), then lower the temperature. If you would like to make your hot chocolate boozy, now is the time to add any of your favorites spirits.

Popular alcohols to add to hot chocolate are

  • Peppermint  Schnapps, Cinnamon Liqueur
  • Marshmallow Vodka
  • Coffee Liqueur
  • Bourbon
  • Rum
  • Whisky

Pick your favorite! 🙂

how chocolate with almond milk
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Step 3:

Pour your hot chocolate into your favorite mug, top with vegan marshmallows (or regular marshmallows), and a bit of cinnamon. Enjoy!

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In three steps you have delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate! Skip the store brought hot cocoa and make this one at home. I promise you’ll love it!

I hope you enjoy this Homemade Dairy-Free Hot ChocolateIf you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share it with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you!

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5 from 11 votes

Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

A decadent, dairy-free hot chocolate made with creamy almond milk, rich cacao, sweetened with maple syrup and topped with vegan marshmallows. It tastes even better than regular hot chocolate, and can be made in less than 5 minutes.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options
Keyword: best dairy free hot chocolate, homemade hot chocolate, hot chocolate
Servings: 2
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Capri Lilly


  • 2 cups Almond Milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 2.5 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Date or Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Rum or your favorite alcohol
  • 3-4 Vegan Marshmallows
  • Pinch of nutmeg for garnish


  • Pour the almond milk, cacao, syrup, and cinnamon into a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Stir until all lumps are removed.
  • Allow the mixture to come to a low boil (about 5 minutes), then reduce the heat.
  • Add the rum (optional). Stir well and remove the mixture from the heat.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into your favorite mug. Top with marshmallows and cinnamon.



  • Serving: 2
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Calories: 358
  • Protien 6g
Tip: This recipe can easily be doubled if you want more people to enjoy it!


1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cocoa-powder-nutrition-benefits

2. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-11-best-sources-of-ma_b_1817556

3. https://begoodorganics.com/cacao-5-little-known-benefits-of-this-amazonian-superfood/

4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/

5. http://www.wiseonesuperfoods.com/science-raw-cacao/

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Tamara September 25, 2020 - 9:57 pm

5 stars
This hot chocolate was perfect! I could hardly tell it was dairy free.

Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:18 pm

That’s great! I think the almond milk does a great job at making this hot chocolate creamy 🙂

Alexandra September 25, 2020 - 10:03 pm

5 stars
So very delicious – we loved this hot chocolate!

Terra @ Terra's Bites September 25, 2020 - 10:10 pm

5 stars
Delicious! I can’t wait for to get cold again… 🙂

Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:17 pm

Hi Terra! The cold weather will be here before we know it! 🙂

Amy September 26, 2020 - 5:50 am

5 stars
Was delicious! I love date syrup. It was the perfect addition.

Kay September 26, 2020 - 7:23 am

5 stars
Made mine with coconut milk! AMAZING!

Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Hi Kay! That sounds delicious!

Amanda Marie Boyle September 26, 2020 - 10:20 am

5 stars
Really great recipe, I love using the almond milk, I don’t think to use it enough.

Emily Woodward September 28, 2020 - 2:28 am

5 stars

Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Glad you like, Emily!

Natalie September 28, 2020 - 10:41 am

5 stars
I love this hot chocolate, especially added cinnamon. I must give this a try tonight. Also, love the rum you suggested. 🙂

Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Thanks, Natalie! I love the cinnamon too! Gives it an extra warm flavor

Debra September 29, 2020 - 12:59 pm

5 stars
Yum….date syrup is the best for sweetening and I love the addition of cinnamon!

Capri Lilly September 30, 2020 - 11:21 pm

Yes! I love date syrup! It’s the perfect level of sweetness!

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Amy November 5, 2020 - 2:58 am

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Oo! That sounds delish! I will have to do that myself. 🙂

Jill November 5, 2020 - 8:51 am

5 stars
We loved this recipe!!

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I love dairy, but this looks delicious too! Great photos!

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