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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate (Dairy-Free, Paleo!)

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate – This dairy-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate is the perfect drink to cozy up with during cold weather. You’ll love the rich, chocolatey flavor and warm kiss of spice. (Paleo-Friendly)

Overhead view of a steaming mug of dairy-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate topped with coconut whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and pumpkin spice

I accidentally started a tradition when my kids were tiny that started with a rainy day.

We live in the middle of the desert, so it rarely rains, and on the days it does, we started making hot chocolate and reading books at snack time. I didn’t even realize it had become a pattern, until they both came bounding in one morning to announce “It’s raining! Hot chocolate and books for snack today!!!”

Even all these years later, both kids still ask for hot chocolate on a rainy day, and this Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice hot chocolate recipe is perfect when you need a little coziness in your life.

Warm, cozy and creamy, with a kiss of spice, our vegan pumpkin spice hot chocolate is AMAZING as the weather turns colder. It’s just what you need when it’s rainy, or chilly, or snowy.

Grab a book and a mug & let’s dive in!

Here’s What You Need To Make Vegan Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate:

  • Coconut Milk (For Creaminess). For our dairy-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate recipe, I use a blend of dairy-free milks to get the best of creaminess and taste. Coconut milk adds a luscious, creamy texture that’s divine with melted chocolate!
  • Almond Milk. Unsweetened almond milk cuts the creaminess so it’s not *too* rich, and helps keep the flavor neutral so the chocolate and spices shine.
  • Chopped Chocolate or Chocolate Chips. Next up, you’ll need some melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate or chocolate chips. (See the blue box below for our favorite dairy-free, vegan, and paleo brands of chocolate!)
  • Pure Maple Syrup. I find a little pure maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness.
  • Vanilla. A splash of vanilla gives this such a lovely, creamy flavor.
  • Pumpkin Spice. The star of the show! Some homemade or store-bought pumpkin pie spice adds rich notes of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • Teeny Tiny Pinch of Salt. It balances the flavors and really wakes up the chocolate and spices. I pinky promise it won’t taste salty!
Front view of dairy free pumpkin spice hot chocolate topped with vegan marshmallows and a cinnamon stick

OUR FAVORITE DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE

HU KITCHENThis vegan & paleo chocolate is naturally-sweetened & allergy-friendly. It’s got great flavor and works well if you want to make vegan or paleo frozen hot chocolate! (I get it at Sprouts or Whole Foods)

GUITTARD CHOCOLATE CHIPS – Guittard’s semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips contain no dairy ingredients, though they aren’t vegan certified. I love their flavor and how beautifully they melt.

ENJOY LIFE – Allergen-friendly chocolate chips that come in semi-sweet and dark chocolate varieties. Pretty easy to find these days in the US!

TOLL HOUSE SIMPLYAnother allergy-friendly brand that’s getting easier and easier to find.

LILY’S STEVIA-SWEETENED – If you’re avoiding refined sugar and Hu Kitchen chocolate isn’t in your price range, you may love Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate chips.

Overhead view of a steaming mug of dairy-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate topped with coconut whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and pumpkin spice

Make It Pretty! Here Are Some Fun Ways To Serve This Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate:

  1. Add Dairy-Free Whipped Cream! Our go-to topping for vegan frozen hot chocolate is definitely dairy-free whipped cream. You can make your own, or buy store-bought varieties, like SoDelicious CoCoWhip (our favorite, pictured in this post), ReddiWip Almond Milk Whipped or Coconut Milk Whipped Cream, or TruWhip.
  2. Sprinkle With Shaved Chocolate. A bit of shaved chocolate looks so pretty and inviting! I love the variety of shapes and sizes of the shavings.
  3. Garnish With Mini Chocolate Chips. For a little chocolatey crunch on top, try a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips on top of the whipped cream.
  4. Drizzle With Chocolate Sauce. For a fancy look, add some of our vegan chocolate shell or a dairy-free chocolate sauce. Santa Cruz Organic Chocolate Syrup , Torani Dark Chocolate Syrup, and even Hershey’s Simply 5-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce are all dairy-free and made without corn syrup.
  5. Add A Pinch Of Pumpkin Spice On Top. There’s a saying that we eat with our eyes first, so adding a sprinkle of pumpkin spice helps you already have the suggestion of that warm, spiced flavor even before you’ve taken a sip!
Overhead view of dairy free pumpkin spice hot chocolate topped with vegan marshmallows and a cinnamon stick

FAQ + Tips and Tricks For the Best Vegan Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate:

Can I Use Cocoa Powder Instead? Only if you adapt the recipe. Cocoa powder has a much more intense flavor, and is unsweetened, so you’ll need to compensate by adding additional maple syrup. Also, cocoa powder has a lower fat content, so the hot chocolate will be less creamy. You can offset this by using a higher ratio of coconut milk, if you like. Overall, the melted chocolate gives a better flavor and texture, in my opinion.

Can I Use A Chocolate Bar Instead Of Chocolate Chips? Absolutely. I find chocolate chips easier for most people to manage, but chocolate bars work great for dairy-free hot chocolate. You’ll just need 2 oz. of quality chocolate.

Make It A Protein Drink! You can stir in 1/2-1 scoop of your favorite vegan protein powder into this vegan pumpkin spice hot chocolate for a little boost, if you like. I recommend something neutral-tasting like this powder from Simple Green Smoothies. (It just has chia, flax, and hemp) or this almond protein powder from Bob’s Red Mill. If you’re paleo (not vegan), you can stir in a scoop of collagen!

Turn It Into Frozen Hot Chocolate! If you’ve got the craving for fall flavors but the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet (hiii, it’s me!), you can absolutely make this into Pumpkin Spice Frozen Hot Chocolate instead! Just like our classic frozen hot chocolate, you’ll blend this mixture with frozen almond milk ice cubes. Melt the chocolate with the coconut milk gently in the microwave or on the stovetop, then transfer to the blender with the almond milk, syrup, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and salt. Then add 1 1/2 cups frozen milk ice cubes and blend till frosty and delicious!

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Overhead view of a steaming mug of dairy-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate topped with coconut whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and pumpkin spice

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate (Dairy-Free, Paleo!)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This dairy-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate is the perfect drink to cozy up with during cold weather. You’ll love the rich, chocolatey flavor and warm kiss of spice. (Paleo-Friendly)


Ingredients

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For The Vegan Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (I recommend full-fat for the creamiest texture)
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite)
  • 1/3 cup (2 oz.) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/21 tsp. pumpkin spice (sometimes labeled pumpkin pie spice)
  • tiny pinch (less than 1/8 tsp.) salt

For Garnish (Optional): Dairy-free whipped cream, shaved chocolate, mini chocolate chips, additional pumpkin spice, cinnamon sticks, chocolate sauce, etc.


Instructions

  1. In a saucepan,* combine coconut milk, almond milk, chocolate chips, syrup, vanilla, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice, and salt.
  2. Heat over medium-low to medium heat, stirring regularly with a whisk, until the chocolate is fully melted and the hot chocolate is steaming. (Try not to bring the mixture to a boil or simmer.)
  3. Taste, and add additional maple syrup for sweetness or pumpkin spice, as desired.
  4. Serve in mugs topped with your favorite garnishes!

*Alternatively, you can put all the ingredients in a microwave-safe pitcher or container and microwave in 30-second increments (whisking after each 30-seconds) until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-8 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan pumpkin spice hot chocolate, vegan pumpkin hot chocolate, dairy free pumpkin spice hot chocolate, dairy-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate, paleo pumpkin spice hot chocolate

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