Healthy Vegan Hot Cocoa to Warm Up on a Chilly Day


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.

Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsThis 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.

Healthy Vegan Hot Cocoa Recipe - with paleo and allergy-friendly options - simple, warm, homemade goodness that you can make sugar free!

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.

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Rebecca's "secret ingredient" adds a touch of luxury to this simple dairy-free beverage.
Serves: 2 servings
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Place the pan over medium heat, and warm until the coconut oil melts and the liquid reaches your desired sipping temperature.
  3. Thoroughly whisk or blend with a milk frother.
  4. Divide the hot cocoa between two mugs to serve.
Mocha Option: Add ¼ cup fresh-brewed coffee or espresso to your hot cocoa. Or you can stir in 2 teaspoons espresso powder (like Medaglia D’Oro) or Instant coffee (like Mount Hagen Organic Cafe, also in decaf).

Key Pantry Supplies: Healthy Vegan Hot Cocoa

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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. The moment it gets just a little cold outside I am all about that hot chocolate! I actually barely/rarely sweeten mine… I mind the milk beverage I choose plays a role in if I want to add sugar. Mind you I am someone who eats 100% chocolate bars haha

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