Made with plant-based milks and other wholesome ingredients, it’s hard to choose which to make first from this list of a dozen recipes for vegan hot cocoa beverages. These tempting mugs full of chocolate-flavored comfort are the perfect antidote to the winter blues. These dairy-free homemade hot cocoa drinks are so easy to make and are ready in no time.
Whether you make them for warming up after an outdoor activity on a cold day, a date night treat to enjoy by the fire, or to put a smile on your kids’ faces, you’ll enjoy exploring the options that follow.
It’s easy to ditch dairy when there are so many plant-based options for these chocolatey drinks — oat milk, almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, and more. Thanks to the talented bloggers who participated in this roundup for permission to link to their recipes and to use their beautiful photos.
Spiced Maple Masala Hot Cocoa: Made with oat milk and flavored with maple syrup and superfood maca, this recipe contributed by Haile Thomas (from her book Living Lively) takes the classic hot beverage to a whole new plant-based level.
Oat Milk Hot Chocolate: From Clean Eating Kitchen, you’ve got to try this oat milk hot chocolate that is so rich and perfectly sweetened. You only need a few simple ingredients to make this yummy drink.
Healthy Hot Chocolate with Cacao: From Haute and Healthy Living, this dairy-free hot chocolate recipe is a delicious way to warm up! Made with a double dose of chocolate — cacao powder and chocolate chips — plus almond milk and maple syrup, this hot beverage is rich and decadent.
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate: From V Nutrition and Wellness, a vegan gingerbread hot chocolate that’s creamy and delicious. It’s perfect for warming you up on a chilly day.
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate with Molasses: From BittersweetBlog, another rendition of gingerbread hot chocolate that’s thick enough to qualify as a dessert. It gets an extra boost from bright gingerbread spices, plus the deep, earthy sweetness of molasses.
Cherry Hot Chocolate Spoons: Another from BittersweetBlog, chocolate-covered cherries, those quintessential Valentine’s Day bonbons, are now re-imagined as a voluptuous glass of hot chocolate waiting to happen.
Boozy Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate: From Kara Lydon, a vegan boozy Mexican spiced hot chocolate that’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day date night or to get cozy with on any cold, blustery winter night.
Tart Cherry Hot Chocolate: From Running to the Kitchen, a mug of this creamy, decadent tart cherry hot chocolate is not only delicious but good for you too! A smart winter treat.
Vegan Hot Chocolate (made with coconut milk and cashew milk): From Texan Erin, this straightforwardly-named vegan hot chocolate is thick, rich and can be naturally sweetened! It’s super-easy to make and is sure to please even your non-vegan friends and family.
Paleo Vegan Hot Chocolate (date-sweetened): Another from Texan Erin, this paleo vegan hot chocolate is ultra-rich, creamy, and date-sweetened. Honestly, it tastes just as delicious, if not more, as a more traditional recipe.
Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate (double chocolate and paleo): From Joy Food Sunshine, an ultra-thick creamy hot beverage for serious chocolate lovers. It’s made from scratch and ready in 15 minutes.
Healthy Hot Chocolate (lo-cal, made with almond milk): From The Clean Eating Couple, a perfect cozy winter drink. You can’t beat hot chocolate that’s low in calories and so easy to make, with just 3 ingredients.