Is there anything cozier in the winter than sitting by the fire and enjoying a warm cup of cocoa? If you are looking for a vegan hot chocolate that is thick and creamy and delicious and Paleo and even healthy for you, this is the only recipe you will need. Put on your PJs and comfy socks and join me!
The second the temperature drops below 60 degrees, I’m ready to start making hot chocolate. Yes, I know. But have you met my thyroid LOL? Right around Thanksgiving, my Stepson bugs me every day to set up the hot chocolate station. I wouldn’t go as far to say we’re addicted. Let’s just say we’re excited. Yeah, we’ll go with that.
Back in the day, I was one of those people who opened a box, tore open a package of “hot chocolate”, added water to it, and put it in the microwave for 90 seconds. I was never a big dairy person and I loved me some sugar! At some point, I needed to do this whole adulting thing and make real hot chocolate. As in – with real, whole foods and healthy ingredients. So that is where we are at.
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Health Benefits of Raw Cacao
Raw cacao is crazy healthy! Let’s start with 20 times the antioxidants than in blueberries. It’s also high in magnesium, iron, and calcium. The best part – it is full of happy mood-boosting serotonin.
When I learned about vegan milk options, I started with almond milk, transitioned to flax milk, and now have landed on cashew milk. Whatever your poison is, just go for it. I use a little bit of maple syrup instead of sugar in this recipe. It sweetens it just enough.
And you want to know the secret ingredient to making this vegan hot chocolate thick and creamy? Arrowroot powder. If you don’t have it and want to make it without it, you can totally do that. But the arrowroot thickens it up quite nicely. The recipe calls for 1 tsp per serving, but if you want yours a little thicker, then just add a tiny bit more. Easy! I use it as a thickening agent for many of my gluten-free recipes.
This recipe uses the most minimal amount of all-natural sugar to sweeten it up. If you want it a little sweeter, then add a tiny bit more maple syrup. I also like to treat myself and top the hot chocolate with a few mini Dandies marshmallows. Shhh… they are vegan and made with all-natural ingredients but you can’t tell the difference!
A Few of My Favorite Things
Normally, drinking a cup of hot chocolate isn’t a singular event. It’s always paired with one or more other events. Here are a few of my favorite things to do while drinking hot cocoa. What are yours?
- Staying in my PJs longer than an adult should
- Reading my favorite book
- Sitting by the fire
- Binge watching something decadent on Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix
- Writing in my favorite journal
- Wearing the warmest, coziest pair of socks
- Not getting out of my yoga pants
- Enjoying it with my two favorite boys by my side (Hubby + Stepson).
I work out of my home office. I will admit to you that there are plenty of days in the winter that I will transition my laptop, planner, and journal to the couch so I can work by the fireplace and drink some hot chocolate. Grab your cup and join me!
Thick and Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe
I like easy math. The recipe is for one cup of hot chocolate. Multiply for as many cups as you need for your brood.
- 1 Cup Your favorite vegan milk - almond, flax, cashew, etc Or 75% mug full
- 2 TBSP Raw cacao
- 1 tsp Arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP Maple Syrup
- 5 Dandies Marshmallows Optional
Heat vegan milk in a saucepan over medium heat until gently simmering.
Add all remaining ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
Remove from heat and let sit for a couple of minutes to thicken and cool.
Pour into your favorite mug.
Top with Dandies marshmallows (optional)
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