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vegan hot chocolate in a glass with whipped cream.
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How to make easy homemade dairy-free hot chocolate

This simple, rich, and creamy vegan hot chocolate contains only 3 ingredients, is gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and takes minutes to make. Top with coconut whipped cream and a dash of cocoa powder!

Course Beverage, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American, Dessert
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 114 kcal
Author Christine Galvani


  • 2 1/2 cups dairy-free milk (I like the creaminess of coconut milk, but any vegan milk will work well).
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (cacao powder or cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch salt (fine sea salt or salt of choice)


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a  medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat.

  2. Whisk the ingredients in the saucepan until smooth, creamy, and hot.

  3. Pour hot chocolate into mugs and garnish as desired.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Tips:

  • Add a drop of peppermint oil for a festive holiday peppermint hot chocolate.
  • I topped my hot chocolate with coconut milk whipped cream (storebought, but there is a recipe on this site).
  • Milk substitute:  use water or any milk you choose.
  • Holiday fun: use a candy cane stirrer.
  • Use cocoa powder or cacao powder.
  • Optional add-ins: a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or vanilla extract.
  • Garnish with cacao nibs, cinnamon stick, shaved chocolate, vegan whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
How to make easy homemade dairy-free hot chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 409mg17%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 406mg41%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.