Vegan Hot Chocolate

This super easy vegan hot chocolate recipe is rich and creamy with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Spike it with your favorite booze or drink it straight up.
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword vegan hot chocolate, vegan hot cocoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 170kcal
Author Becky Striepe


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 15 ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar or equivalent amount of your favorite powdered sweetener
  • 2 cups soy or oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce mint rum or light or spiced rum, whiskey, or white whiskey (optional - This amount is per mug, not for the whole batch. Leaving the booze on the side means you can decide whether to spike, mug-by-mug.)


  • In a sauce pot, whisk the cocoa powder and 1/4 cup of the coconut milk together until it forms a paste
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (including the remaining coconut milk), except the booze.
  • Heat on medium-low, whisking constantly, until the cocoa powder mixture is totally dissolved and the cocoa is heated through.
  • Serve immediately. If you're not planning to serve all of the cocoa right away, turn off the heat, and just turn the stove on to heat it back up when you're ready to ladle out a mug or two.
  • If you want to spike it: Add whichever booze you're using into the bottom of a mug, then top off with cocoa. Stir and serve.



Nutritional information is for unspiked hot cocoa, since the calories in different alcohols can vary.


Calories: 170kcal