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Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate | Healthy, Vegan, Naturally Sweetened

by Capri Lilly
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This dairy-free hot chocolate recipe is made with creamy almond milk, rich cacao, naturally sweetened with date syrup, then topped with vegan marshmallows — talk about a sweet treat! It’s a delicious, healthy hot chocolate packed with antioxidants, calcium, and amino acids, while still being super tasty and satisfying!

If you love warm winter drinks, 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

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Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe

This Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate is a winter-time must! It tastes EVEN BETTER than regular hot chocolate, and can be made in less than 5 minutes!

It 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: it is super easy to make and perfect for both kids and adults!

cacao beans benefits

Cacao helps to make the Hot Chocolate both rich in flavor and incredibly nutritious!

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

  • Raw Cacao is the healthy substitute for chocolate.
  • The 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)!

Vegan Hot Chocolate

Because this hot chocolate is made completely from scratch, using healthy, clean ingredients, it is Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free! It’s a delicious healthy hot chocolate recipe with rich, warm flavors!

How To Make Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Step 1: Heat The Ingredients In A Saucepan

Pour 2 cups almond milk into a pot over medium heat. Add cacao, ground cinnamon (optional), and date syrup (or maple syrup). Stir well until all the lumps have dissolved and the mixture is a smooth texture. Allow the mixture to come to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add any optional add-ins. Pour your hot chocolate into your favorite mug, top with vegan marshmallows (or regular marshmallows), and a bit of cinnamon. Enjoy!

healthy hot chocolate recipe

In one simple step your Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate is ready to enjoy!

Want To Make Spiked Hot Chocolate? Here’s How:

Step 2 (optional): Add your favorite alcohol to your hot chocolate to make boozy hot cocoa.

Once you remove the hot chocolate from the heat, stir in 1/4 cup of your favorite alcohol.

What Alcohol Goes With Chocolate

  • Peppermint  Schnapps, Cinnamon Liqueur
  • Marshmallow Vodka
  • Coffee Liqueur
  • Bourbon
  • Rum
  • Whisky
  • Pick your favorite! 🙂
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I hope you enjoy this Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe! 

If 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 them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you!

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Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

This dairy-free hot chocolate recipe is made with creamy almond milk, rich cacao, naturally sweetened with date syrup, then topped with vegan marshmallows — talk about a sweet treat! It's a delicious, healthy hot chocolate packed with antioxidants, calcium, and amino acids, while still being super tasty and satisfying!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

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

Optional Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Heat The Ingredients In A Saucepan
    Pour 2 cups almond milk into a pot over medium heat. Add cacao, ground cinnamon (optional), and date syrup (or maple syrup). Stir well until all the lumps have dissolved and the mixture is a smooth texture. 
  • Allow the mixture to come to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add any optional add-ins. Pour your hot chocolate into your favorite mug, top with vegan marshmallows (or regular marshmallows), and a bit of cinnamon. Enjoy!

How To Make Boozy Hot Chocolate

  • Once removing the saucepan from the heat. Stir in rum or your desired alcohol.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into your favorite mug. Top with marshmallows and cinnamon.

Notes

Nutrition:

  • Serving: 2
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Calories: 358
  • Protein 6g
Tip: This recipe can easily be doubled if you want more people to enjoy it!
Feel free to add more sweetener, if desired. Start by adding 1 additional tablespoon at a time to reach your desired level of sweetness. 

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal

Resources

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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23 comments

Tamara September 25, 2020 - 9:57 pm

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

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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 🙂

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Alexandra September 25, 2020 - 10:03 pm

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

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

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

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Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:17 pm

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

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Amy September 26, 2020 - 5:50 am

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

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Kay September 26, 2020 - 7:23 am

5 stars
Made mine with coconut milk! AMAZING!

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Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Hi Kay! That sounds delicious!

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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.

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Emily Woodward September 28, 2020 - 2:28 am

5 stars
great!

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Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Glad you like, Emily!

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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. 🙂

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Capri Lilly September 28, 2020 - 5:16 pm

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

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Debra September 29, 2020 - 12:59 pm

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

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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

5 stars
How delicious! I’m lactose intolerant so I’m always trying to find ways to enjoy the things I use to love but can’t have anymore. Definitely adding some coffee liqueur for a cheeky nightcap!

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Capri Lilly November 5, 2020 - 11:45 pm

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

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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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