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healthy vegan hot chocolate in two mugs

Healthy Hot Chocolate

My favorite delicious healthy hot chocolate recipe that's both vegan and dairy free! This healthy hot chocolate recipe is made with a mix of both coconut milk + almond milk and naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. The perfect nightcap during the chilly winter months!
Course Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Hot Chocolate, Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free hot chocolate, dairy free hot cocoa, healthy hot chocolate, healthy hot cocoa, vegan hot chocolate, vegan hot cocoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 166cal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 cup light coconut milk (from the can)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Ghirardelli’s 100% unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Add all ingredients to a small pot and place over medium low heat. Whisk vigorously to combine and to get rid of any lumps of cocoa. Do NOT let the hot chocolate boil or you risk burning the almond milk, which can turn the flavor into something you do not want. Simply warm in the pot until steamy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Once hot chocolate is hot, remove from heat and pour into 2 mugs. Top with whipped cream, dairy free whipped cream, marshmallows or vegan marshmallows. Chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder on top are fun too! Enjoy!


To make this recipe in the slow cooker: you can feel free to quadruple the recipe (x all ingredients by 4) so that it serves 8. Whisk ingredients together in the slow cooker and place on warm setting and allow to warm for 1-2 hours before serving to guests!
Optional: add a shot of amaretto into your hot cocoa before serving. My husband LOVES it this way and it makes a fun holiday cozy nightcap!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 166cal | Carbohydrates: 18.7g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 10.2g | Saturated Fat: 7.1g | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 13.6g