Vegan Hot Cocoa

Vegan Hot Cocoa

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Here in central NY, we have hit the worst part of winter: the much dreaded months of January and February. For us, this is the coldest and darkest time of the year. I like to use this time as a time to slow down a little bit, take part in some extra self-care, and indulge in some introspection. To me, self-care is an activity that nourishes my soul…and sometimes my stomach ;). A big part of my self-care involves baking delicious treats and making hot beverages to go along with them. One of my favorite beverages during this time of year, is my vegan hot cocoa. It comes together in under 5 minutes, and it is so delicious and creamy. I can feel it thawing me from the inside out, making me feel all warm and cozy by my space heater. 🙂

Can I use water for hot cocoa?

Absolutely! Water, milk, or any type of milk alternative can be used to make hot cocoa. I tend to use a milk alternative to add creaminess.

What is the best hot cocoa?

The best hot cocoa is the one you make from scratch because you know exactly what is in it and you can tailor it specifically to your taste!

Does hot cocoa help you sleep?

I think this really depends on how sensitive you are to caffeine because there is some caffeine in the cocoa powder (about 12mg per 1 tablespoon). Generally speaking, any warm beverage will make you feel sleepy. But depending on your body and your caffeine sensitivity, the caffeine content might negatively counteract that.

How to Make Vegan Hot Cocoa

1. Warm any liquid of your choice (water, milk, or milk alternative) in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Starting from the left and moving clockwise: a navy blue mug filled with almond milk that has been warmed up, a small glass bowl with cocoa powder, a small whisk, a tablespoon of confectioner's sugar, and a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract all sit on a wooden cutting board. At the bottom of the cutting board are pine trees made of confectioner's sugar. The cutting board sits on a navy blue background.

2. Add cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined. Heat in the microwave for an additional 45s. If it’s not warm enough, heat in 15s increments until the desired temperature is reached. Top with your favorite toppings (my favorites are coconut whipped cream and homemade chocolate chips) and enjoy!

Addition of cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla extract to the mug filled with almond milk. The whisk sits in the upper right. At the bottom of the cutting board are pine trees made of confectioner's sugar. The cutting board sits on a navy blue background.Vegan hot cocoa after mixing everything in and heating it up to the desired temperature. The whisk sits in the upper right. At the bottom of the cutting board are pine trees made of confectioner's sugar. The cutting board sits on a navy blue background.

Pair Hot Cocoa With:

A stack of four dairy free chocolate chip cookies sits front and center. The top cookie is broken in half to show the texture of the interior. In the lower right is a small wooden bowl with chocolate chips. In the upper left is a light purple tea towel. In the upper right is a wire cookie rack with more dairy free chocolate chip cookies. Scattered about are crumbs, chocolate chips, and the other cookie half. Everything sits on a white marble background. This is the horizontal photo.A stack of two homemade rice krispie treats sit on a white plate with a red and green checkered bow tied around them. On the left is a green tea towel, and a red mug filled with almond milk. In the background is a 13" x 9" glass pan containing the remaining homemade rice krispie treats. Everything sits on a white marble background. This is the horizontal photo.A stack of M&M cookies sits on a square of parchment paper. The top cookie is broken in half to show the inside texture. In the background is a white plate with a pile of cookies and a small black bowl containing red and green M&Ms. Scattered about in the photo for texture are cookie crumbs, additional cookies, and red and green M&Ms. Everything sits on a white marble background. This is the horizontal image.Healthier peanut butter blossoms sit on a wire cooling rack in the upper right corner. In the upper left corner, is a dark green kitchen towel. Scattered about in the foreground are red, green, and silver foil wrapped Hershey kisses. This is the horizontal image.Chocolate chip oatmeal pulp cookies rest on a square of wax paper atop a dark wood plank background. In the background is a plate full of cookies and a glass of homemade oat milk. Sprinkled about are chocolate chips and raw oats.A collage of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pine cones, chocolate chips, leaves, and artificial pumpkins on a wood plank background.In the center are green and brown colored chocolate peanut butter balls arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree. Near the Christmas tree is an open peanut butter ball. Sprigs of fake evergreen trees sit in the lower left and the upper right. A gold snowflake also sits in the upper right. In the lower right are more peanut butter balls on a white plate. In the upper left is an ivory colored piece of cloth with gold glitter swirls, a cluster of pine cones, and a small dark brown wooden bowl of green sparkling sugar sprinkles. Everything sits on a wooden plank background. This is the horizontal image.

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In the center is a navy colored mug filled with vegan hot cocoa. It is topped with a swirl of coconut whipped cream and cocoa powder. Off to the left are two shortbread cookies and a white tea towel. At the top is a sprig of evergreen and pine cones. In the upper right is a small dark wooden bowl of marshmallows. Everything but the marshmallows sit on a wooden cutting board, the bottom of which has a line of evergreen trees made of confectioner's sugar. Everything sits on a navy blue background. This is the vertical image.
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Vegan Hot Cocoa

This vegan hot chocolate pairs well with virtually all of my cookie recipes. My favorite hot cocoa toppings are coconut whipped cream, marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips!

Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan hot chocolate, vegan hot cocoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 126 kcal
Author The Panicked Foodie

Ingredients

  • 8 oz water or milk of your choice (I used original almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Warm any liquid of your choice (water, milk, or milk alternative) in the microwave for about 1 minute.

  2. Add cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined. Heat in the microwave for an additional 45s. If it's not warm enough, heat in 15s increments until the desired temperature is reached. Top with your favorite toppings (my favorites are coconut whipped cream and homemade chocolate chips) and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • If making with unsweetened alternative milk, you might have to double the sugar. When I made it with unsweetened almond milk, I had to use 2 tablespoons of confectioner's sugar as opposed to 1 tablespoon. I would always start with 1 tablespoon and then adjust from there if needed.

 



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