5 Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa

Vegan Hot Chocolate | 5 Minutes, so chocolatey | minimalistbaker.comYou guys, it’s cold. I mean, seriously cold.

We may have narrowly escaped the polar vortex but I’m still feeling its aftermath. Most days John and I hunker down inside next to space heaters. But when I just can’t kick a chill – or am having a serious chocolate craving – I make my favorite 5 minute (or less) vegan hot cocoa.

Vegan Hot Cocoa IngredientsIt’s such a simple recipe it’s almost a non-recipe. But I asked Facebook fans if they’d be interested and the answer was a resounding ‘yes.’ So, here it is – my go-to homemade hot chocolate that’s way better (and healthier) than any packaged or boxed mix you’ll find.

It starts with simple ingredients:

Unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk (or make your own!)
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Dairy-free semisweet or dark chocolate
Raw sugar or stevia

5 Minute Vegan Hot Chocolate | So delicious and microwave friendly. Perfect for chilly winter nights | MINIMALISTBAKER.COMYou can make this in the microwave in a big mug – I use my big yellow cereal mug that I’ve had since high school and have carried with me like an adult blankie. Or, if you’re not into the microwave or would rather go old school, simply add ingredients to a small saucepan, bring to a simmer and whisk away. Creamy perfection is just 5 minutes away.

5 Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa! | minimalistbaker.com #veganNext I like to add a little extract. I know everyone usually recommends adding vanilla to “bring out the flavor of the chocolate” or something like that. But I’ve been on a chocolate peppermint kick for the last few months, so I put in a drop or two of peppermint extract and it sends my tastebuds straight to heaven.

The last element? Coconut whipped cream. I mean, hubba hubba. Also, WHY NOT? It really does put the finishing touch on the cocoa and gives it that luscious, creamy effect I just adore.

5 Minute EASY Vegan Hot Cocoa | minimalistbaker.comAnd there you have it! My 5 minute vegan hot cocoa. I hope you make it a lot this winter to keep warm. And if you do, instagram me a photo – it’s kind of my favorite. Then we can be warm together via internet.

5 Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa | MINIMALISTBAKER.COM | #vegan #glutenfree

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5 Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa
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My go-to, 5-minute vegan hot chocolate made with simple ingredients you always have on hand. Creamy, luxurious and surprisingly healthy.
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 1

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp dairy-free semisweet chocolate (chips or bar, chopped)
  • Sweetener of choice (I prefer 1 Tbsp raw sugar or 1/2 packet powdered stevia)
  • 1/8th tsp peppermint extract (optional)
  • Optional: Coconut whipped cream for topping

  1. Add almond milk to a large mug and microwave for 1 minute. Alternatively, add to a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once milk is warm, add cocoa powder, chocolate and sweetener and whisk to combine.
  3. Put back in microwave or continue cooking on stove top until completely combined and has reached your preferred temperature.
  4. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
  5. Lastly, add in your extract of choice – I think peppermint is truly unbeatable. Stir, and top with coconut whipped cream.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for one serving with stevia for sweetener and 1.5 Tbsp coconut whipped cream.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 190 Fat: 13 g Saturated fat: 6.8 Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 11 g Sodium: 193 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 2.5 g


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    • Hippy Mom says

      Love your recipe. Im still working on the lava cakes, the beets are roasted and are being used today.Yep… IM A TALKER. I was drawn to your site because I like that you post often. And I like you go both ways. Veg .and Vegan well …one love

    • says

      White photos are typically taken with a white poster board background :D Thanks for the kind words! I’ve been enjoying the bright white photos as well :D

  1. says

    It just made my day when I realized I had all of those ingredients right on hand. Off I go to whip some up!! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo Elle

  2. says

    Lovely recipe, Ms. Dana! This looks like vegan chocolate perfection. I’ve been making something similar with chile and cinnamon, but I never thought to top it with coconut whipped cream – hubba hubba indeed! :D

    • says

      You would add chile and cinnamon, because you’re SO CLASSY AND CREATIVE. So glad we’re internet friends now. What did I ever do without your sophisticated influence? ;D (p.s. I hope you start saying hubba hubba all the time now. That would make my year.)

      • says

        What a sweet thing to say! I’m glad I’ve tricked you into thinking I’m classy and creative when I’m really just copying the hot chocolate they serve at my favorite Mexican restaurant. :) (p.s. I’ve said “hubba hubba” to myself at least five times today, teehee!)

  3. says

    It’s snowing again here today, I almost cried!! …buuuuuut now I have this awesome recipe to look forward too!! I bet a pinch of cayenne would be delish in this too!! I have to try that coconut whipped cream too!!!

  4. Stacie says

    My daughter (3 yrs old) was watching Frozen the other night and started begging for Hot Cocoa, which I did not have, then I remembered seeing this on your site! She loved it and insisted that daddy have a cup when he got home from work! Thank you!

  5. Alisa says

    Oh my gosh! I have tried many different recipes on this, and this is the one! Soo good (: Thank you <3

  6. says

    Just about to make this with coconut milk – because it’s summer and i’m feeling tropical.
    PS. Your blog is delicious – my latest obsession.


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