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.

dairy free hot chocolate overhead detail shot with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

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.

two mugs of dairy free hot chocolate with a spoon and whipped cream in each mug

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.

overhead shot of dairy free hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings


4.89 from 27 votes
healthy hot chocolate in mug overhead
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
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy Free Hot Chocolate
Servings: 1
Calories: 100 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
  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.

Per Serving: Calories: 100, Fat: 3g, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 2g

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate with spoon in white mug

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.


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Perfect combo of ingredients! have been looking for something that’s not too sweet and paleo approved. Subbed for coconut sugar and was still tasty. Thank you!


ive turned dairy free meat free sugar free recently have made this hot chocalate with homemade almond milk with sime cinamon am looking for different delicious recipes that are packed with nutrition and are mainly alkaline


Wow!!! I am SO glad you made this. Best vegan hot chocolate ever!!! I love the internet, was craving something sweet and healthy, found this and you totally nailed it. Much love sister! Keep creating your magic! You have a new fan!


I use 5 tsps of raw cacao and add a teaspoon of coconut oil for creaminess. I love the taste the maple syrup adds!

Dianna Pape

Oh my stars, made this with Ripple milk, type 1 diabetic, a little too sweet for me, but oh so delicious…….thank you so much!!!!

Paul Ruggio

I used vanilla almond milk and stevia. It was very tasty and only had only 60 calories.


Me and my son make homemade almond milk and he wanted to make hot chocolate with it. I’m so glad I found this recipe. After dinner he said, we have all the ingredients let’s make it now. So yummy!!! I had stopped drinking hot chocolate because of the dairy, but no more. Next time I will add less syrup for me and for my son, less cacao.

Brooke Baum

I’m neither vegan nor dairy free, but yet, this is my new favorite hot chocolate. Thank you for such a great recipe!


Hello, was wondering if anyone has tried cooling this down i want to make cold chocolate milk for my kid’s birthday 🙂

Mrs Luna

That was delicious! 😁Thank you for the recipe.


So delicious – will be my new morning staple!


Have you ever tried with peppermint extract in stead of vanilla?


    I am currently drinking one made with peppermint extract and it is delicious!

    I’ve been trying to find a good hot chocolate recipe which was dairy-free and this is my second time making it. Love it! First time I used vanilla extract whereas tonight I just thought I’d use the pepermint for a change. I think I’ll be using peppermint from now on.

    I did make it a bit different tonight too though. I whisked all the ingredients except for the milk first to make a paste. Then I slowly whisked in the milk and then heated on my stove, whisking as it heated. I’m not sure if that helped too.

Estelle Rousso

I tried this recipe tonight. It’s very good. Next time I will add a little more cacao. I’ll also try cashew milk. I was pleasantly surprised.

Julie Higgins

I use the maple syrup I picked up from Costco that was aged in a bourbon barrel. It adds a bit of tang from the bourbon barrel and is delicious!


Best hot chocolate ever. Was craving something chocolately, sweet and warming and came upon this recipe! So good, definitely a keeper.

MallOry starling

I love you that is what I do everyday as a real personal trainer not a I think I’m hot do 30 burpees kind of trainer. I preach detox with Whole Foods and functional training before weights. Thank you so much for being you. From ATL

Rebecca Koski

I just discovered you and tried this…WOW!

thank you!!

Althea Dease

I love this with a scoop of collagen or whey protein powder, makes it more satisfying!

Sara Mukti

my i know where you buy the chocolate shaver? or what is the name? I want to find it in my country, thank you

    Megan Gilmore

    I actually just scraped a small knife on my bar of dark chocolate for these photos, but if you have a veggie peeler at home, that works really well, too.


I just made this and it’s fantastic! Needed a treat on this frigid day. Didn’t realize how much I missed hot chocolate!

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