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Cozy Spiced Vegan Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Ilene Godofsky Moreno
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


During my first winter as a new mom, when Baby V was still waking up throughout the night and I was in total zombie mode, I dreaded the early sunsets of December and January. I came up with this protein-packed hot cocoa recipe as a sweet treat to brighten up those cold, dark afternoons. I’ve since learned that this Cozy Spiced Vegan Hot Chocolate recipe is not just a hit with sleep-deprived parents but also a great lower-sugar, an extra-creamy hot chocolate recipe that kids will go wild for.


  • 4 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup of creamy almond butter (see below)
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • ¼ cup of vegan chocolate chips

Optional Toppings

  • vegan marshmallows (such as Dandies)
  • cinnamon sticks


  1. Heat the almond milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the almond butter, cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt, and whisk every 30 seconds or so until the mixture is smooth and almost simmering, 4–5 minutes.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and whisk for about 1 more minute, until they melt.
  4. Transfer to mugs, top with marshmallows (if using), and add a cinnamon stick (if using) to each mug to stir with.


Note: If your almond butter is less creamy and more grainy, you may want to blend the almond milk and almond butter together before warming the hot chocolate.

Keywords: hot chocolate, vegan hot chocolate, vegan beverage, vegan hot drink, hot cocoa