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Overhead view of vegan hot chocolate in a white mug with coconut whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Paleo or Vegan Hot Chocolate

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 8-10 servings 1x


This dairy free hot chocolate makes the coziest cup of cocoa! It’s vegan as is, but for paleo and non-vegan friends, try adding a little bit of collagen for added protein. It’s the best-tasting “protein drink” you’ll ever have!


  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or 3oz chocolate)
  • 1/31/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder, 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp. vanilla extract (see instructions below)


  1. Place chocolate chips, coconut sugar, and cocoa powder into a blender or food processor.
  2. If using vanilla powder, add to the blender. (Or, scrape out the seeds of 1 vanilla bean or add 1 tsp. vanilla extract to the blender)
  3. Puree until mixture is a fine powder. Store dry mix in an airtight container or jar up to 1 month at room temperature or 2 months in the refrigerator.

To prepare a serving:

  1. For a single serving, combine 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons dry mix with 8-10oz milk (I prefer cashew or almond). If using vanilla extract, add 2-3 drops per serving.
  2. Heat on the stovetop in a saucepan or in a mug in the microwave until heated through. Stir or whisk until chocolate is completely melted and combined.
  3. Top with marshmallows, coconut whipped cream, or grated chocolate!
  • Category: Drinks, Beverages, Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop, Blender
  • Cuisine: American

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