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Plant Based Hot Cocoa Recipe (Creamy Hot Chocolate)

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This plant based hot cocoa recipe is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Perfectly creamy and topped with vegan marshmallows this homemade hot chocolate is perfect for someone with dietary restrictions as well as those just looking for a simple healthy hot chocolate. 

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Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients

This dairy-free hot chocolate recipe is made with four simple ingredients, and can easily be adjusted to your liking. You will need:

  • 1 cup (8oz) cashew milk (here)
  • 9 raw cacao wafers (here)
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup (here)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ​optional – whipped cream, vegan marshmallows, shaved dark chocolate
easy how to Make plant based hot cocoa with cacao

Homemade Hot Cocoa With Cacao Wafers

First, pour the plant-based milk into a small saucepan or milk frothing pitcher. We are using cashew milk, but you can use any dairy-free milk. Here are a few great options:

  • oat milk
  • soy milk
  • almond milk
  • lite coconut milk
plant based milk hot cocoa recipe

Next, add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cacao wafers. Think of cacao wafers as giant vegan chocolate chips. They are 100% cacao, unsweetened baking chocolate. Cacao wafers are certified organic cacao beans made from certified USDA Organic and Fair Trade cacao. These wafers are great for brownies, chocolate cake, hot cocoa, truffles, mousse, keto treats, and more.

maple syrup natural sweetener

Heat the Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix

Warm the non-dairy milk and cacao over medium heat, stirring until the wafers are thoroughly melted. 

heat cashew milk on stove to melt cacao chocolate

Remove the creamy hot cocoa mix from the heat and whisk using either a handheld milk frother, a high speed blender, or an immersion blender. 

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Best Vegan Hot Cocoa

Pour the amazing cup of hot cocoa into your favorite mug

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Top your mug of hot chocolate with dairy-free whipped cream, dark chocolate shavings, and a giant vegan marshmallow or mini marshmallows. 

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Plant Based Hot Cocoa with Cashew Milk & Cacao 

When you make your own creamy vegan hot cocoa you can control the sweetness. This homemade vegan hot chocolate uses pure maple syrup as a natural sweetener and real chocolate cacao. The 100% cacao wafers give this hot cocoa a rich chocolate flavor that far surpasses any premade hot chocolate mixes or powders. 

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Next time you are feeling the chill of the cold weather and you are in the mood for a creamy hot cocoa, try this easy recipe and enjoy. 

Plant Based Hot Cocoa Recipe (Creamy Hot Chocolate)
Plant Based Hot Cocoa Recipe (Creamy Hot Chocolate)

Plant Based Hot Cocoa Recipe (Creamy Hot Chocolate)

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Plant based hot cocoa recipe is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. It's perfectly creamy and topped with vegan marshmallows.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8oz) cashew milk
  • 9 raw cacao wafers
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • optional - whipped cream, vegan marshmallows, shaved dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Combine dairy free milk, cacao wafers, maple syrup, vanilla extract and pinch of salt in small saucepan.
  2. Warm over medium heat and stir until cacao is comepletely melted
  3. Whisk to combine using a handheld milk frother
  4. Serve in a mug topped with dairy free whipped cream, chocolate shavings, vegan marshmallows.

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