22 Dairy-Free Chocolate Breakfast Recipes for a Plant-Based Morning


Today we’re celebrating one of my favorite food trends with this delicious, healthy round-up of dairy-free chocolate breakfast recipes. According to a prior report from the Sterling-Rice Group (SRG), research is encouraging us to enjoy chocolate for breakfast, and we as consumers are eager to oblige.

The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study evaluated the relationship between diet and cognitive function. They found that habitual chocolate consumption was associated with improved memory, abstract reasoning, and organization – benefits that can help prepare your mind for a busy workday.

Fortunately, chocolate is a naturally dairy-free food when void of additives like milk solids, cream and butter oil. And I’ve compiled 22 delicious plant-based ways to enjoy a dairy-free chocolate boost in the morning.

22 Dairy-Free Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - healthy, plant-based

22 Dairy-Free Chocolate Breakfast Recipes for a Plant-Based Morning

I originally created this post with So Delicious, but sadly a few of the recipes they created are no longer online. So I’ve updated this round-up with some new dairy-free chocolate breakfast recipes.

Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry & Acai Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls might be “so 2016” but this version is on trend with no added sugars and a double dose of cacao. Plus it’s plant-based and paleo-friendly.

Chocolate, Chia, Raspberry, and Acai Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Granola

I adore this sweet, hearty granola doused with almond, cashew or coconut milk beverage. It puts cocoa crispies to shame!

Chocolate for Breakfast - Dairy-Free Chocolate Granola

Smoky Joe’s Blueberry Smoothie

It might look like an ordinary blueberry smoothie, but it’s infused with cacao for delicious depth in flavor.

22 Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - delicious dairy-free, vegan ways to love chocolate for breakfast!

Jumbo Triple Chocolate Mug Muffin

This is a beloved recipe from my own kitchen, which is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly (simple ingredients!). I’ve also included speedy microwave and traditional oven directions.

Jumbo Triple Chocolate Mug Muffin (5 Minute Recipe!) - This super easy, healthy muffin recipe literally takes 5 minutes from stirring to eating. It's also naturally dairy-free, vegan, and I make it gluten-free, too, but there is a wheat option.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia seeds gel for a unique tapioca-like experience, but are far more nutritious than those little pearls. They provide protein, Omega 3s, and even dairy-free calcium. Nonetheless, I usually reduce the sweetener in this recipe to suit my more sensitive morning taste buds.

22 Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - delicious dairy-free, vegan ways to love chocolate for breakfast!

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Crepes

I’m not going to lie, this is an elaborate recipe. But it’s divided into three recipes that you can make individually. Personally, I’d eat that Chocolate Ganache with a spoon!

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Crepes Recipe from Modern Raw. 3 Recipes in 1: Cocoa-Flax Crepes, Chocolate Ganache, and Chocolate Sauce. All Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Soy-Free.

“Melted Chocolate Ice Cream” Protein Smoothie

You won’t believe the combination of healthy ingredients in this healthy chocolate protein smoothie. And yes, it does taste delicious!

Tropical Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

Healthy Chocolate Truffles

These nutty indulgences are made with unsweetened chocolate, have no added sugars, and are delicious with coffee or tea in the morning. They also store well in the refrigerator or freezer.

Healthy Chocolate Truffle Snacks Recipe - Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and nutritious + 5 health reasons to love dark chocolate

Eat Dirt Protein Shakes

I think this smoothie recipe is just sweet enough, and it’s a fun way to enjoy loads of nutritious ingredients. Plus, I can’t resist the cacao nibs, which make perfect “dirt” on top.

Eat Dirt Protein Shakes - superfood vegan smoothies with a fun presentation

Matcha Power Bars with Cacao Nibs

If you’re on-the-go in the morning, reach for this dense and fulfilling recipe. These bars are raw, vegan, paleo-friendly and offer an extra boost of caffeine.

Matcha Bars

Cashew Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon Whip

My chocolate breakfast recipes list wouldn’t be complete without a healthy hot cocoa. You can replace that morning cup of joe with this rich, creamy, dairy-free hot chocolate recipe. It’s infused with cashews for some staying power.

22 Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - delicious dairy-free, vegan ways to love chocolate for breakfast!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Baked Donuts

This grand-prize winning gluten-free recipe is a special way to indulge in the morning. Note that there is a vegan and egg-free option included.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Bake Donuts Recipe (Grand Prize Winner!) - Dairy-free and Gluten-free

Vegan & Gluten-Free Power Muffins

These energizing breakfast muffins are simply loaded with healthy ingredients, but they taste delicious! My husband thinks the dark chocolate chunks are the star, but they meld seamlessly with these dense, wholesome muffins.

Healthy Vegan and Gluten-Free Power Muffins Recipe (also nut-free, soy-free, hearty, and delicious!)

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This easy pudding is rich in healthy fats, potassium, antioxidants, and of course, chocolate! It’s made with cacao and sweetened with fruit and maple syrup.

Dairy-Free Avocado Chocolate Pudding Recipe - A dreamy, healthy dessert made with wholesome ingredients! It's naturally soy-free, gluten-free, and optionally paleo, too! This is an entry in the BIG Snackable Recipe Contest on GoDairyFree.org.

Easy Overnight Oats with Quinoa Crumble, Chocolate, and Coconut

I know the title doesn’t sound easy, but the quinoa crumble takes minutes to bake, and the rest is just stirring and sprinkling.

Easy Overnight Oats with Quinoa Crumble, Chocolate, and Coconut (Dairy-free, Gluten-free Recipe; Vegan option)

Peanut Butter Cup Yogurt

I often whip together this simple blend that takes advantage of chocolate dairy-free yogurt. Yes, it does exist! So Delicious, Silk, Yooga, Almond Breeze, CoYo, and Good Plants each have a chocolaty, plant-based yogurt.

22 Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - delicious dairy-free, vegan ways to love chocolate for breakfast!

Allergy-Friendly Double Chocolate Waffles

My friend Nicole is a master at creating top allergen-free treats. These decadent vegan and gluten-free chocolate waffles are just one delicious example.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - Allergy-Friendly Double Chocolate Waffles

Chocolate Fudgesicle Power Ice Cream

Ice cream for breakfast? You bet! This creamy frozen dessert is dairy-free, protein-rich, and perfect for summer mornings.


Chocolate Fudgesicle Power Ice Cream Recipe - a nutritious dairy-free, gluten-free, allergy-friendly and vegan treat

Mocha Fudge Energy Bites

Some mornings, I’m just too busy to get breakfast ready, so I reach for quick bites like these. They store well in the freezer.

Healthy Mocha Fudge Vegan Energy Bites Recipe

Almond Butter Cup Shakes

These lovely, spoonable smoothies are a fun favorite in our home. But if you don’t have the patience for layering, you can blend it all together!

Chocolate Almond Butter Cup Shake - Amazingly Delicious Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegan, Low Sugar and Healthy Recipe!

Mamma’s Big Batch Breakfast Cookies

The original recipe calls for raisins, but we like to swap in dairy-free dark chocolate chips. These oatmeal cookies are naturally gluten-free, vegan, and made with almond flour for extra heft.

22 Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - delicious dairy-free, vegan ways to love chocolate for breakfast!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate and peanut butter are literally layered into every bite of these short stacks. Vegan and gluten-free options are included, and you can swap whole grain flour in, if desired.

22 Chocolate Breakfast Recipes - delicious dairy-free, vegan ways to love chocolate for breakfast!


About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. There are so many delicious looking recipes here! Chocolate is the perfect way to get me out of bed in the morning 🙂 I am drooling over that Mexican chocolate smoothie!

  2. A million times yes on chocolate for breakfast!!! There was a study awhile back about eating cake for breakfast helping people lose weight and I’ll say that backfired 🙂 but all the healthy options are a perfect way to feel like you’re treating yourself!

    • I saw that study when reading up on this one Amanda! I definitely thought that was pushing it for sure! Healthier chocolate for breakfast options is more along my belief system 🙂

  3. So Delicious is our dairy free milk of choice and I just love using their Chocolate coconut milk in breakfast recipes. It makes the best pancakes, muffins and delicious in protein shakes. Breakfast can’t come soon enough 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness so many delicious options! That hot cacao has me drooling and I’ll take that with a side of pancakes, no baked donuts, oh I’m hungry now.
    Thank you for including one of my creations.

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