Healthy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

This healthy hot chocolate is a delicious dairy-free alternative to the popular powdered mixes we used when I was a kid. It calls for only 4 ingredients and takes just about 5 minutes to prepare.

What I love about making my own homemade hot chocolate is that you can customize the chocolate flavor exactly to your liking. Want a dark chocolate drink? Add more cocoa powder or use less sweetener.

Want it to be sugar-free? Replace the maple syrup with your favorite sugar-free alternative. Because you can taste this mixture as you go, it’s practically fool-proof!

This healthy hot chocolate recipe is:

  • Dairy-free
  • Vegan & Paleo friendly
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Low fat
  • Totally customizable
  • And super easy to make

I love using almond milk in this recipe as its neutral flavor blends seamlessly with the rich cocoa powder. If you want a creamier and nut-free drink, try using coconut milk instead.

4.89 from 9 votes
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Healthier Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This healthy hot chocolate recipe requires only 4 ingredients and is dairy-free and naturally sweetened. It's a quick and easy detox-friendly dessert!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 1
Calories: 100 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients into a saucepan over high heat, using a whisk to break up any clumps. Keep stirring until smooth and piping hot, then pour into a mug and serve warm.
  2. Top with dairy-free whipped cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.

Substitution Notes:

  • As I mentioned above, feel free to use any type of milk or sweetener you like. This recipe can be easily customized to use the ingredients you have on hand.
  • As always, if you try something different, please leave a comment below letting us know how it worked for you so we can all benefit from your experience.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Comments

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

Oh my goodness, send some sunshine please?! And this sounds delish, I’ll be making this tomorrow during Snowmageddon:)

    Kelly

    You have changed your recipe?

    Was it not two teaspoons of cacao and a pinch of salt

      Megan Gilmore

      Yes, you’re the only one who has noticed! 😉 I was finding the two teaspoons not “chocolatey” enough, and I had received other feedback feeling the same way, so I added an extra teaspoon to the recipe. I don’t think I actually meant to remove the salt, so I’ll add that back in!

Stephanie

I love your blog! I’ll have to try that hot chocolate recipe. It sounds delicious. I have a raw chocolate syrup (made from cacao and agave), but I’ve never thought to use it to make hot chocolate. I’ll have a big cup after I get home from the stressful snowy drive home.

Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat

Is it more cost effective to make your own almond milk or buy it? Almonds are expensive nowadays!

    Megan

    I think homemade is a bit cheaper– I recently bought a BIG bag of almonds for about $10 at Whole Foods, but it’s made 3 jugs of almond milk so far, and there’s still enough left to make at least 3 more! I started using a ratio of 1 cup almonds to 5 cups water, so I get more “bang for my buck.” (The cartons I used to buy had 4 cups of almond milk for $1.99, I think)

    Also, I prefer the taste of homemade and love that there are no “fillers” in my milk!

      Sharyn

      I too make my own so it’s yes, cheaper, but also better. PLUS, save the almond pulp and make almond flour, and then it’s REALLY cost effective. 🙂

hihorosie

a detox hot chocolate?! Whoa, sign me up! 🙂

Erin @ The Grass Skirt

I make something similar to that hot chocolate at home,but I never thought about using maple syrup! I am going to try it tonight. 🙂

Erin W.

Yum, I’m trying this tonight.

Linda

yummm, looks so good!!

Janelle

Could I make this with coconut milk (due to tree nut intolerances)?

Rosemarie

Hello! I live in Illinois and this is what I have every morning during the winter. I love it because the cocoa gives me a bit of a lift which I need since I gave up caffeine. I add a couple of disks of cocoa butter to give added richness. Also, a teaspoon of coconut oil tastes great as well as a drop of hazelnut extract.

Priscilla Garduno

Love your recipes! I love adding a heaping tablespoon of the Artisana organic raw coconut butter to my hot chocolate as well

Laura

I made this tonight- so delish. I added more cocoa because I like my hot cocoa really chocolatey; I added more vanilla to balance the extra cocoa, too.

I was so pleased to find a great almond milk only hot cocoa recipe. Thanks for making one!

Danielle

Just tried this recipe… Loved it! I’m gonna try adding the disks of cocoa butter for richness, that was suggested above, that way my hubby will drink it, too! THANK YOU for the recipes for my sweet tooth… It makes this journey SO much easier 🙂

Vicki

I made this last night, it was great. I substituted a sugar free maple syrup and added a pinch of cinnamon.

Wendy

Just tried this tonight. Delish! So good that I had to make a second cup!! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Gil

Awesome hot cocoa!! And Vegan… I added a shot of espresso made with a French Press and WOW!!

Enjoy..

Darci

I Just made this and Wahoo!!!! Love it, thank you for the recipe

maddie

I adapted this recipe a bit i add some grated ginger and 1 tablespoon of vanilla whey protein powered

Kristie

Chilly this eve in CT. I made this for my 11 and 9 yr old boys to satisfy their sweet craving after dinner. They said, “This is amazing!” ; ) I loved it too. Ofcourse I made enough for me too!

Lauren

This was a great recipe for people with dairy intolerances! Thanks for coming up with it! So yummy!

Ashley Taylor

I just tried this and it is amazing!!!! I’m struggling on my candida diet and craving chocolate SO BAD. this was perfect to satisfy my craving. Thanks for sharing!!!

Heloise

sipping one right now, bit too sweet for me so i add extra almond milk, but i love it 🙂

Jenysha

My mom and I just tried this hot chocolate and it is DIVINE! My mom is very picky when it comes to healthy alternatives to the classics she loves and this one was a total hit. Thank you for sharing! The best part is we already had all of the ingredients. Perfect for the fall and winter months when we want something warm and delicious to sip on. I made it exactly as the recipe says above. YUM!

Melissa

I LOVE the glass jar you use to keep your almond milk in! Can you tell me where to get one?

    Megan

    That jar actually isn’t glass (this is an OLD picture), so I’ve replaced it with this glass jar that I love: http://amzn.to/1xmMENh

gina l

Thank you ,thank you, thank you. This is fantastic!

Valerie

I just made this, it was so quick and easy, and tastes so yummy! I’m lactose intolerant, so this recipe was perfect 🙂 I had to add mini marshmallows on top though haha

Kerry

Just wondering, cacao or cocoa powder? 🙂

    Megan Gilmore

    I almost always use cacao in my home, but either way tastes similar, for those who don’t want to spend the money on the more expensive stuff.

Justine

This looks delicious! Can you use agave instead of the maple syrup?

    Dee

    I microwaved a cup of almond milk for 1 1/2 minutes then added the ingredients substituting the maple syrup with 1 tbsp of agave and it was REALLY good!

Heather

Try adding 2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter and 1 tbsp coconut oil Makes a wonderful breakfast drink that lasts until lunch time. Even better than my old favorite – Hot Chocolate! I skip the vanilla and the salt.

Barb

Just tried this tonight as I’m searching for a fall drink that’s good for my low carb diet. VERY yummy! Thanks so much!

Grace

Is there any way to make this in the microwave instead of on the stove? We were going to try this at work, but we don’t have a stove!

    Sally

    I combined all the ingredients. Put it in a jug in the microwave, whisked it a few times and it was done in a few minutes and tastes great! Smooth and creamy hot chocolate

Vicki

How much Stevia do you use if not using maple syrup?

Tiara

I made this last week and am going to make it again for my daughter and niece tonight. We loved it! THANK YOU!

Trisa

I also have this every morning for breakfast after my cleansing lemon water..

Since I have a high speed blender (nutribullet, vitamix etc.).. I use dates for sweetness..
as dates are very nutrient dense and very healthy…Use 1 to 3 according to the desired sweetness..
add 1/2 to 1 tbls cocoa powder and blend.. then just heat and add 1 tbls coconut oil if using..
(this is using my cup/mug to measure the amount of milk I am using)

But please everyone use only raw unpasteurized almonds.. Even the almonds you get from
the health food stores are pasteurized.. That’s because by law all almonds sold in the U.S. have
to be pasteurized.. Pasteurization and heat destroy important enzymes and vitamins.
So Order your Almonds online to get them right from the growers….

Be sure to Soak them overnight before using them to make your Almond Milk..
Then put them in your blender (regular blender works) with 3 to 6 dates and 4 to 6 cups
of water and blend…. (experiment with amounts to get the milk to your taste)
Strain (using a nut bag, old clean nylon, etc) saving the pulp.. And use for your Milk…

I reuse the pulp a second time using the same process (without the dates) but do not strain it..
and use this for making my smoothies.. So nothing is wasted…
If you can, store your milk in glass bottles and it will keep in the fridge for a week..

Hope this was helpful…

Brandi

A Thousand times, YES! I just made the lifestyle change to no processed sugars and other nasty foods from my diet. I made it to day 2, and was already feeling the pressure to crack. I have the biggest sweet tooth and staying away from a slice of cake is difficult. I am so glad I found this recipe, it saved me. Its healthier and uses natural sweeteners. I add a sprinkle of cinnamon to mine and it makes it PERFECT. Thank you for sharing.

Lindla

I made this with 6oz of canned coconut milk and 2oz of water. The thickness and richness was warm-you-to-the-bone DIVINITY!!!

Juliana berdis

This was so good! I added a little more almond milk than 1 cup and also added some pumpkin pie spice. Thank you!

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