The leaves have turned and cold winds are nudging them away from the trees. Fall really is here, so it’s time to come inside and enjoy sipping on a warm beverage. But there’s no reason to overindulge with a sugary hot chocolate. This easy, homemade, healthy vegan hot cocoa recipe offers a rich, comforting mug of goodness, and you can sweeten as you please.
This healthy vegan hot cocoa was shared with us many years ago by a psychologist who was named Dr. Rebecca Coleman. She later changed her last name to Ocean, and dove head first into creating a weight loss program. Twice upon a time, Rebecca weighed 300 pounds. But she lost 150 pounds, and has successfully kept it off with a new way of life. This includes sustainable dietary habits, like enjoying a mug of nutritious dairy-free hot cocoa with minimal guilt.
This grown-up hot chocolate is heavy-handed on the cocoa, so be sure to use a good quality brand. The recipe makes a dark chocolate beverage, and is higher in antioxidants than your average packet.
Special Diet Notes: Healthy Vegan Hot Cocoa
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, optionally paleo, and optionally top food allergy-friendly.
- 2 cups dairy-free milk beverage (your favorite type)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 to 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pure stevia, agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener, to taste
- Add the milk beverage, cocoa powder, coconut oil (use the full 2 teaspoons for more richness), and vanilla to a 2-quart saucepan. Whisk to combine, then whisk in your desired sweetener to taste.
- Place the pan over medium heat, and warm until the coconut oil melts and the liquid reaches your desired sipping temperature.
- Thoroughly whisk or blend with a milk frother.
- Divide the hot cocoa between two mugs to serve.