Vegan Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa (Simple & Creamy)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

This Vegan Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa is deliciously simple and so creamy! It reminds me of my favourite hot cocoa from camp days. It’ll warm you up perfectly and make your house smell amazing!

A gold spoon drizzling some vegan hot chocolate into a white cup.

Fact: it’s cold, and we need hot chocolate. Admittedly, it is not freezing where I am. However, that doesn’t mean my need for hot chocolate is any less, right friends?! If it is freezing where you are, then I suggest you whip this Vegan Hot Chocolate up as soon as you can. Not only will it keep you warm and filled with comfort, it’s perfect for Netflix night in, under your fluffy and warm fav blanket. Yes to that.

Pouring hot chocolate into a white cup.

Second fact: I’ve been practicing hygge (pronounced “hoog-uh”). No, it actually isn’t the latest form of hot yoga, but a Danish practice of seeking joy and being cozy. It’s almost like injecting coziness and joy into everyday life, as a constant mood booster. After reading the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I’m all about seeking joy. On the point of being cozy, my absolute favourite place to be is on the couch, with my favourite Christmas blanket (because Christmas is never over!!) with a cup of hot chocolate. It could be talking to the Mr., watching a new fav on Netflix, or even chatting to friends. That is my go-to comfort place.

It occurred to me to share my favourite cup of vegan hot chocolate with you friends. Like, duh, Jess. Of course you guys want to try it!

Overhead shot of hot chocolate in a black pot.

My favourite thing about this vegan hot chocolate is that it mimics the way we made hot cocoa at camp. OH CAMP. Yes, I camped for years and years then went on to be a counsellor at camp for several years, so I’ve had my fair dose of super authentic hot cocoa. Not too sweet, very chocolate-y, and just absolutely delicious. I’m literally trying not to shed a tear right now for how divine that (and camp days) experience is. Warm, comfort, laughing and chatting with friends, and feeling absolutely at peace.

This version may not include the open camp fire, but it’s pretty close.  I used a mix of almond milk and coconut milk for richness. Enjoy, find joy, and get comfy!

A cup of vegan hot chocolate being stirred with a gold spoon.



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Vegan Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa (Simple & Creamy)

This Vegan Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa is deliciously simple and so creamy! It reminds me of my favourite hot cocoa from camp days.
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine American

Vegan Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa (Simple & Creamy)

  • 1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk from the can, carton or homemade creamy coconut milk, your choice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or 4 tablespoons of regular sugar
  • Dash salt do not leave out!
  • Top with coconut cream and cinnamon

Delicious add-ins

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Vegan Hot Chocolate/Hot Cocoa (Simple & Creamy)

  • In a pot over medium heat, stir in the cacao/cocoa powder, the milks, maple syrup (or sugar), and dash of salt. If you're adding the add-in ingredients, stir them in now too. Stir and simmer for about 5 minutes until everything is heated through and begins to bubble just slightly.
  • Top with whipped coconut cream, marshmallows and a dash of cinnamon and enjoy! You can even add vegan marshmallows on top for added comfort.
This recipe is vegan and gluten free. It makes 2 servings of creamy vegan hot chocolate.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 4mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. I surely would love one NOW! It looks crazily GOOD!

  2. Debi Waleski says:

    This is the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted! Ever! This is what I always thought hot chocolate should have tasted like but never did!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Debi,

      Oh I’m SO happy to hear that!! I had hot chocolate at summer camps for years on end and this reminded me perfectly of it too!!

  3. Hayley Thomas says:

    I just made this as an incentive to study…. not sure how effective that will be but this is so so delicious! Thank you 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Aww thanks so much Hayley!! Haha I really do hope that it helps and good luck!!

  4. Court says:

    5 stars
    Second drink recipe of yours that we’ve tried and it’s fantastic as well! I doubled the sweetener for my honey and added a 1/2ish teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Yummy!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Love the additions Court! We’re happy that you’ve enjoyed another recipe. Thank you for the review!

  5. Jenna says:

    5 stars
    Wow! So delicious! An easy quick treat, well balanced and rich tasting 🙂
    Can’t wait to try again with some marshmallows or peppermint extract!

  6. Maira Ribeiro says:

    5 stars
    This hot chocolate is delicious! It’s super creamy and tasty, and it’s hard to believe there’s no milk in it. I loved it for breakfast or to warm up at the end of the day.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Maria! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

  7. May says:

    5 stars
    So yummy and love how easy it is to make. In the past I’ve attempted to make vegan hot chocolate with just almond milk but it didn’t taste right. Now I finally know that the missing ingredient is coconut milk! Makes it thicker, which is how hot chocolate should be!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow so happy that you like it May! Yes we love coconut milk over here haha! Thank you for the nice review.

  8. Tyas says:

    5 stars
    Very easy and wonderful! I added cinnamon and a little cayenne, and have probably made this five times in the last couple of weeks 😄 thanks Jessica!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Tyas! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!

  9. Jodi-Ann Johnson says:

    5 stars
    This is my new favourite hot chocolate recipe. The salt really enhanced the cocoa flavour 🥰

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