It’s not officially the holiday season, Christmas, or winter until the hot cocoa is made. If you are looking for some fun new recipes, this is the place to be! We’ve got 20 dairy free and vegan hot chocolate recipes. Which one is the best? All of them!

It's not officially the holiday season, Christmas, or winter until the hot cocoa is made. If you are looking for some fun new recipes, this is the place to be! We've got 20 dairy free and vegan hot chocolate recipes. Which one is the best? All of them!

 

Chocolate is my love language.

Chocolate is my only language.

When I was in college, I worked at Hersheypark and did my Internship at the Reese’s plant where they make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats. At the time, we were allowed to eat the candy bars right off the assembly line. It was the best job for a college student. I know, right?!?!?

Fast forward, when I traveled to Brugge, Belgium in 2005, I ate the best chocolate of my life. THE BEST, I’m telling you! The taste of Belgium chocolate (chocolade = sho-co-laad-eh) is seared into my memory forever. It was that good!

As a responsible adult who tries to eat healthy, chocolate is still my jam. And when the cold winter months come, there is nothing better than sitting by the fire and drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Legit. I will drag my laptop downstairs to the couch, turn on the gas fireplace, and enjoy a cozy afternoon at work. And no, I’m not going to confess how many cups of hot cocoa I drank while writing this article. Some secrets shall remain secret.

Healthy hot chocolate recipes? Ummm…

You might be thinking… why 20 recipes? Isn’t hot chocolate all the same? Like… cocoa powder, dairy free milk, and a thickener? I was surprised as well to learn how many fun and unique recipes are out there!

All bets are off with these recipes.

Some are made with sugar. Some have marshmallows, whipped cream, or some kind of yummy topping. Some are Keto. Some are Paleo. Some can be made as presents. One is made with Gelt. And one even comes with a morning moose sighting. The only qualification is that they are dairy free and vegan. Well, gluten free of course and that is a given. Who would use any kind of gluten product to make hot chocolate?

Anyhoo.

All of them are going to be fun to make and enjoy.

 

 

The Difference Between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa

The terms are used interchangeably. And does anyone really care? Are you even reading this section or is it a quick scroll until you get to the recipes? Well, if you wish to know, hot chocolate is chopped and melted chocolate combined with water or milk. It’s not as sweet as hot cocoa, but it’s more decadent. Hot cocoa is what you traditionally think of as hot chocolate which is cocoa (or cacao) powder, sugar, and milk.

Despite the fact that we ALL probably use the terms incorrectly, does anyone really care?

Bueller? Bueller?

Shut up Holly, and let’s get to the recipes!

As you wish…

 

 

Dairy Free and Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes

An interesting note as I was looking through all of these recipes… every single one claimed that theirs was the best hot chocolate ever. And you know what – they are right!

 

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! #hotchocolate #vegan #pinkfortitude

Thick and Creamy Paleo Hot Chocolate by Pink Fortitude

 

 

Keto Hot Chocolate by Sweet as Honey

 

 

Protein Hot Chocolate by The Conscious Plant Kitchen

 

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate by Delightful Adventures

 

 

Sometimes you need to make that cup of hot chocolate a little more special. This Pink Hot Chocolate is perfect for Valentine's Day, cheering up your favorite gal, or for those times when you want a little extra love. Oh and PS - it's vegan and insanely delicious!

Pink Hot Chocolate by Pink Fortitude

 

 

Hot Chocolate on a Stick by Vegan Huggs

 

 

Shop the Hot Cocoa Sign – Sweet Water Decor

 

 

Hot Chocolate by Nuts and Pumpkin

 

 

Chanukah Gelt Hot Chocolate by Family Friends Food

 

 

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate by Moon and Spoon and Yum

 

 

Hot Chocolate by Rhian’s Recipes

 

 

Peppermint Hot Cocoa by Allergy Free Alaska

 

 

Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Marshmallows by Cook at Home Mom

 

 

Hormone Balancing Hot Chocolate with Maca and Cinnamon

 

 

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Paleo + Keto) by Cook Eat Well

 

 

Hot Cacao with Cardamom and Tahini by Moon and Spoon and Yum

 

 

Paleo Hot Chocolate by Texanerin Baking

 

 

Shop the Mug Collection – Sweet Water Decor

 

 

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Oat Milk by Bree’s Vegan Life

 

 

Creamy Hot Chocolate (Paleo) by Eat with Clarity

 

 

Healthy Hot Chocolate by This Healthy Kitchen

 

 

Recipe Resources

Ingredients

Organic ingredients from Thrive Market

Dandies Marshmallows

Saucepan

Whisk

 

Other Resources

Hot Cocoa Mugs and Signs by Sweet Water Decor

Hand-Knit Mug Cozy

 

Bonus – Rustic and Festive Hot Chocolate Station

And what good is hot chocolate without a super fun hot chocolate station?

 

Is there anything better on a cold, winter day than to curl up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate?  This hot chocolate station is rustic and festive and is sure to warm your heart and spirit during the holidays and all winter long. #hotchocolate #pinkfortitude

Rustic and Festive Hot Chocolate Station by Pink Fortitude

 

 

Which one are you going to try first? If your answer is, “all of them,” you are my new best friend.

 

It's not officially the holiday season, Christmas, or winter until the hot cocoa is made. If you are looking for some fun new recipes, this is the place to be! We've got 20 dairy free and vegan hot chocolate recipes. Which one is the best? All of them!

 

Are you Inspired?

Love, hugs, and pouring another cup.

 

 

 

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