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Who Else Wants to Master the Art of Vegan Hot Chocolate?

Are you a fan of hot chocolate but also follow a vegan diet? You might think that you have to miss out on the rich, creamy goodness of this classic winter drink, but that’s not the case. With a few simple swaps, you can enjoy a delicious and satisfying vegan hot chocolate that’s just as indulgent as the traditional version.

Vegan Hot Chocolate Is Easier Than You Think

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just looking to cut back on dairy, mastering the art of vegan hot chocolate is easier than you might think.

With a variety of plant-based milks and sweeteners available, you can tailor your hot chocolate recipe to your taste preferences and dietary needs.

Plus, many vegan hot chocolate recipes are just as easy to make as their dairy-based counterparts, so you can whip up a mug of cocoa in no time.

In this article, we’ll explore the world of vegan hot chocolate and share some tips and tricks for creating the perfect cup.

From the best plant-based milks to use to the tastiest sweeteners and flavourings, we’ll cover everything you need to know to become a vegan hot chocolate master.

So grab your favourite mug and let’s get started!

Understanding Veganism

What is Veganism?

Veganism is a lifestyle choice that involves abstaining from the use of animal products.

This includes not only food items such as meat, dairy, and eggs but also clothing, cosmetics, and other products that are made from or tested on animals.

Veganism is not just a diet, but a way of life that seeks to minimize harm to animals and the environment.

Benefits of Veganism

There are many benefits of veganism, both for the individual and for the planet. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Health: A vegan diet can be very healthy, as it is often high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Studies have shown that vegans tend to have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Environment: Animal agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. By choosing a vegan lifestyle, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and protect the planet.
  • Animal welfare: By not consuming animal products, you are reducing the demand for animal agriculture, which can involve cruel and inhumane practices such as factory farming and animal testing.
  • Ethics: Many people choose veganism because they believe it is morally wrong to use animals for human purposes. By adopting a vegan lifestyle, you can align your actions with your values and live a more ethical life.

Overall, veganism is a lifestyle choice that can benefit both you and the planet. By understanding the principles of veganism and making informed choices, you can master the art of vegan hot chocolate and enjoy all the benefits of this compassionate and sustainable way of life.

The Art of Vegan Hot Chocolate

If you’re looking for a warm and comforting drink to enjoy during the colder months, vegan hot chocolate is a perfect choice.

It’s just as delicious as traditional hot chocolate but without the dairy and other animal products.

Here’s how to master the art of making vegan hot chocolate.


To make vegan hot chocolate, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Plant-based milk (such as almond milk, soy milk or oat milk)
  • Cocoa powder or good-quality dark chocolate
  • Sweetener (such as sugar, maple syrup, or agave nectar)
  • Optional flavourings (such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, or peppermint extract)

Make sure to choose high-quality ingredients for the best results.

Look for unsweetened cocoa powder or chocolate and plant-based milk that’s creamy and rich.

Preparation Method

To make vegan hot chocolate, follow these steps:

  1. Heat the plant-based milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it’s hot but not boiling.
  2. Whisk in the cocoa powder or dark chocolate and sweetener (if required) until they’re fully combined.
  3. Add any optional flavourings and continue whisking until everything is well mixed.
  4. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and serve immediately.

You can also add toppings such as vegan marshmallows or shaved chocolate for an extra indulgent treat.

Of course, if you have a Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser, you can just pop the cocoa powder or quality chocolate flakes in there and let it do its thing.

Overall, vegan hot chocolate is a delicious and easy-to-make drink that’s perfect for warming up on a chilly day.

With these simple steps, you can master the art of making vegan hot chocolate and enjoy it any time you want.

Mastering the Taste

To truly master the art of vegan hot chocolate, it’s all about finding the right balance between the creamy texture and the rich chocolate flavour.

Here are some tips to help you get the perfect taste every time.

Choosing the Right Vegan Chocolate

The key to a really delicious and decadent vegan hot chocolate is choosing the right chocolate.

Look for high-quality vegan chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids.

This will give your hot chocolate a rich, chocolatey flavour without being too sweet.

My personal favourites are the Hotel Chocolat’s Classic 70% and Knoops 72% Extra dark hot chocolate flakes. Knoops offers a really broad range of vegan hot chocolates, so if you don’t want to go as dark as 70%, they have you covered.

When choosing vegan chocolate, make sure to check the ingredients list for any animal products, such as milk powder or butterfat.

Another popular vegan chocolate brand is Willie’s Cacao.

Sweetening Options

While I prefer their hot chocolate to be rich and bitter, I appreciate that others like it a little sweeter.

Here are some sweetening options to consider:

  • Agave nectar: This natural sweetener has a low glycemic index and is a great alternative to sugar.
  • Coconut sugar: This unrefined sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar and adds a caramel-like flavour to your hot chocolate.
  • Maple syrup: This natural sweetener is a great alternative to sugar and adds a rich, maple flavour to your hot chocolate.

When sweetening your hot chocolate, start with a small amount and taste as you go. You can always add more sweetener, but it’s difficult to remove it once it’s been added.

By choosing the right vegan chocolate and sweetening options, you can create a delicious and satisfying vegan hot chocolate that will warm you up on even the coldest of days.

Vegan Hot Chocolate Variations

If you’re looking to switch things up with your vegan hot chocolate, try out these variations to add some extra flavour to your drink.

Spicy Vegan Hot Chocolate

For those who like a bit of heat, this spicy vegan hot chocolate is the perfect choice.

Start with your base recipe of nondairy milk, creamer, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.

Then, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce to give it a kick.

You can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for some extra warmth and flavour.

Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate

If you prefer a creamier hot chocolate, try adding some coconut milk or coconut cream to your base recipe.

This will give your drink a rich and smooth texture.

You can also add a scoop of vegan whipped cream on top for an extra indulgent treat.

Experiment with these variations to find your perfect vegan hot chocolate recipe.

Enjoy your warm and comforting drink on a cold winter’s day or any time you need a sweet treat.


Congratulations! You are now a master of vegan hot chocolate.

With the knowledge and tips you have gained, you can create delicious and comforting hot chocolate that is vegan-friendly.

Remember, the key to a great vegan hot chocolate is using high-quality vegan chocolate and choosing the right plant-based milk.

You can experiment with different types of milk, such as almond, oat or coconut, to find the perfect combination for your taste buds.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your hot chocolate toppings.

You can also add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg for an extra kick of flavour.

When making your vegan hot chocolate, take your time and enjoy the process. Savour each sip and appreciate the warmth and comfort it brings.

Now that you have mastered the art of vegan hot chocolate, you can impress your friends and family with your delicious creations.

So go ahead, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Vegan Hot Chocolate FAQs

If you’re new to making vegan hot chocolate, you may have some questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers:

What kind of milk should I use to make vegan hot chocolate?

To make vegan hot chocolate, you can use any kind of plant-based milk, such as almond milk, soy milk, oat milk or cashew milk. Each type of milk will give your hot chocolate a slightly different taste and texture. For a creamier hot chocolate, we recommend using cashew milk or oat milk.

What kind of chocolate should I use to make vegan hot chocolate?

To make vegan hot chocolate, you’ll need to use dairy-free chocolate. Look for dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids, as this will give your hot chocolate a richer, more intense chocolate flavour. You can also use vegan chocolate chips or vegan chocolate bars that are specifically labelled as dairy-free.

Can I make vegan hot chocolate without sugar?

Yes, you can make vegan hot chocolate without sugar. Instead of using sugar, you can sweeten your hot chocolate with natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave nectar, or stevia. Keep in mind that the type of sweetener you use will affect the taste of your hot chocolate.

Can I make vegan hot chocolate in the microwave?

Yes, you can make vegan hot chocolate in the microwave. Simply heat your plant-based milk in a microwave-safe mug or bowl, then add your dairy-free chocolate and stir until melted. Be sure to stir your hot chocolate frequently to prevent it from burning.

Can I add toppings to my vegan hot chocolate?

Yes, you can add toppings to your vegan hot chocolate. Some popular toppings include vegan whipped cream, vegan marshmallows, cinnamon and chocolate shavings. Experiment with different toppings to find your favourite combination.

Hot Chocolate World author
Andrew Lowry

Hi, I’m Andrew and I like hot chocolate. Given the nature of this blog, that’s probably not surprising though.

I don’t drink coffee or tea (except a bit of green tea occasionally) so my hot drink options are limited.

I’m a champion of good-quality hot chocolate and want to see and learn more about it, so join me and let’s learn together.

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