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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!
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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


  • 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


  • 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.



  • 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. 


Calories: 358kcal