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The BEST Spiced Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe


Let the winter holiday-themed recipes commence! First up this soothing velvety sugar-free, dairy-free hot chocolate recipe! Add a shot of expresso to yours and some marshmallows to the kids. And if you are really special, a shot of sambuca works well too (wink wink)

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Winter is Canada. The months of freezing temperatures, the air that burns your face, the snow dumps and salt-covered boats, pants and jacket. Shoveling, de-icing your car, and being cooped up indoors!

wide shot of a group of cows eating hay in front of a barn in the snow
wide shot of Niagara Falls in the winter

Yet I wouldn’t trade this season away for one glorious reason! Because there is nothing better than sipping a nice warm soothing hot cocoa cuddled with the family watching a snow storm blow outdoors.

I still remember the days when my father would wake me and my sister up with popcorn to watch a good snowstorm! There is something so magical about freshly fallen snow, blanketing the world and muffling all the noise!

How to make this dairy free hot chocolate recipe

There is not much you need to know to make the best recipe for vegan chocolate recipe. You can use any plant milk you like, however, it may alter the taste slightly. I love using oat milk for its mild flavour and it seems to froth up the best from all the kinds of milk I’ve tried.

hot chocolate being poured from a pot into a cup

If you are looking for a sweeter option, try using coconut milk. The spice flavours will also work really well a coconut milk hot cocao so that is another great option to try. My son hates coconut so we stick to oat because of its subtle smooth flavour.

Next to the milk selection just make sure you have good quality spices and a blender. The blender will help incorporate all the flavours together as well as froth up the milk.

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The best hot cocoa toppings, for kids and adults

To kick this recipe up a notch try adding vegan marshmallows to the kid’s cups and a shot of espresso (or better yet Sambuca) to your own mug!

You can get vegan marshmallows almost anywhere nowadays. I love the ones by Dandies or you can try making your own. I don’t have a recipe up but I have heard good things about this recipe here.

Or feel free to go as elaborate or simple as you like! Just make sure to tag em so I can see how lovely your recreations are 😉

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A quick and easy hot chocolate recipe hack

Ok, let me share a little secret! If you are really in a bind or are having an extra busy day, you can use chocolate milk in place of the cocoa. Just add the spices and heat it up. Most chocolate milk already is sweetened so make sure you are not adding in any sweetener to this hack recipe.

If you are looking for more easy and comforting recipes to help get you thru your day, or to serve as a special healthy treat make sure to check out these recipes here:

Thanks for reading! If you make this recipe please like and comment, that would mean a lot to me! And tag me with your re-creations so I can share over on Instagram!

Until then, tchau

hot cocoa being poured from a pot into a coconut cup

The Perfect Dairy-free Hot Chocolate Recipe, cinnamon spice winter treat!

Recipe by atmytableCourse: Snacks, treats, drinkCuisine: holiday, vegan, dairy-freeDifficulty: Easy


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Warming velvety hot chocolate. Snuggle up with a cup. A treat everyone can enjoy that is sugar free, dairy free and guilt free!


  • 2 cups plant milk

  • 2 tbs cocoa

  • 1 Tbs maple syrup

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp Chinese 5 spice (if you don’t have this sub in some ground ginger and clove)


  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until well combined.
  • Add to a pot and warm over medium heat. Serve with some cinnamon sprinkled on top, vegan marshmallows or just as is. We love to add expresso to the adult cups!


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