Nourishing Vegan Hot Chocolate
This killer vegan hot chocolate is as nourishing as it is delicious. Want to elevate the experience? Boost it with calming adaptogens, if that’s your thing!
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so I figured we could all use some chocolate, right??
I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth anymore but I always have a bar of dark chocolate in my fridge. I even travel with it. Because when you want ‘something’, a bit of dark chocolate really satisfies. Not in the, “so good I need to eat the whole bar” kind of way. The, “so good, those two squares are all I need” kind of way.
Chocolate makes you feel good, for a few reasons. The first is probably because we have learned to associate chocolate with happiness. Our brains are powerful…and if we turn to chocolate when we need a mood boost or feel like indulging, that food-mood connection becomes part of our edible operating system. However, there is also a bit of intriguing science behind our love affair with chocolate. Cacao – the raw form of chocolate – contains a ton of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties (inflammation is just as bad for the brain as it is your gut or your skin) and active compounds like theobromine and anandamide that send our nervous systems some seriously good vibes. Pure cocoa also has some of those same benefits but the ‘dutching’ process diminishes them somewhat.
I created this hot cocoa recipe as the antidote to velvet-boxed, cheap chocolate candy and because we are still in the throws of winter here in Vancouver. I’m calling it a “superfood” hot cocoa because I believe that cocoa is an everyday superfood – but it also contains cinnamon to help keep blood sugars on an even keel and some healthy fats too. To up the ante, you could easily boost it with your fave adaptogen or whatever goodie is keeping you going these days.
Plant-powered Vegan Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup favourite plant-based milk, almond milk is low FODMAP
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao or pure baking cocoa
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup , or 1-2 soaked dates
- 1 teaspoon your favourite calming adaptogen, like ashwaganda or reishi
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
- High Speed Blender or handheld immersion blender
- Gently heat one cup of your favourite plant-based milk.
- Add milk to blender with all other ingredients (or place ingredients in a blender cup and use your handheld immersion blender!)
- Blend until frothy…but always take care blending hot liquids! Best to put a towel over the blender and secure top with your hand while blending.
- Dollop with a scoop of coconut whip and sprinkle with chocolate shavings or cacao nibs if you like.
11 Comments on “Nourishing Vegan Hot Chocolate”
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I needed a drink tonight to chase away the cold, icy, rainy winter weather and this drink hit the spot! Creamy and chocolately with just the perfect spice and sweetness made me so cozy! 🙂 I used unsweetened cashew milk tonight but we also have unsweetened oat and unsweetened hazelnut milks in our fridge too. I will rotate those in to get through this rainy and cold weather this weekend! Great recipe!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it Jordanna! It’s such a cozy treat 🙂
I used this to make a healthy mocha and it taste great with just the right about of sweetness!
Ooh I love it with a shot of coffee too! So glad you enjoyed it Sonia 🙂
I wanted to post these five stars to go with my below comments! 🙂
Will buying coconut cream in a can work the same to make the whipped topping?
Could you use frozen coconut whip in place of yogurt in a smoothie?
It would be quite rich, but it should work!
This sounds delicious! What brand(s) do you recommend for adaptogens in powdered form, like reishi and/or other mushrooms and ashwaganda?
Hi Dana! There are SO many good brands out there these days. For single herbs, I still really like Sunpotion – their ashwagandha powder is super potent and was nothing short of life changing for me. For blends, anima mundi herbals and apothekary are great too.