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This Cashew Milk Vegan Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite holiday drinks - it's vegan, paleo-friendly, naturally sweetened & easy to make with a few ingredients!

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Vegan Hot Chocolate

There’s nothing that makes winter and 6 inches of snow more “acceptable”  than a warm cup of hot chocolate! Over the last few years I’ve become increasingly lactose sensitive, which is not cool for a hot chocolate lover like myself. And that’s why I created this vegan hot chocolate.

Hey, this is a great time to be alive and be lactose intolerant/sensitive because the abundance, variety and taste of plant-based milk is just amazing! Not only can you buy almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, oat milk and hemp milk, but you can pretty much make most of these at home. And so I used cashews to make this heavenly vegan hot chocolate.

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This Cashew Milk Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite holiday drinks - it's vegan, paleo-friendly, naturally sweetened & easy to make with a few ingredients!

How to make vegan hot chocolate

Step 1: Soak the cashews in water for 2 hours or overnight preferably so they soften and blend more easily.

Step 2: Make the cashew milk in a blender by blender the soaked cashews (without the water) along with the water, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Step 3: This can be made in the blender if you have one with a warming soup function. Alternatively you can make it in the small saucepan by mixing the cocoa powder with the cashew milk until thick and smooth.

Just remember to soak a cup of cashews in water overnight and you’ll have everything you need for this velvety, chocolaty, smooth and rich vegan hot chocolate. I’m obsessed with this recipe because it’s:

  • Vegan
  • paleo-friendly
  • made without added sugar
  • low fat
  • easy to make
  • and gives me cozy feels
This Cashew Milk Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite holiday drinks - it's vegan, paleo-friendly, naturally sweetened & easy to make with a few ingredients!

What more can we want from this vegan hot chocolate?! Nothing at all. Thank you very much for making winter weekends more fun, cashew milk hot chocolate.

If you make this healthy-ish feel good Vegan Hot Chocolate recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

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This Cashew Milk Vegan Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite holiday drinks - it's vegan, paleo-friendly, naturally sweetened & easy to make with a few ingredients!
Vegan Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Cashew Milk Vegan Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite holiday drinks - it's vegan, paleo-friendly, naturally sweetened & easy to make with a few ingredients!

Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beverages
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 397 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt optional
  • 1 oz dark chocolate optional
Instructions
  1. Soak cashews in a mason jar overnight, or for at least 2 hours. When ready to use, drain and rinse well.
  2. Place cashews, water, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a blender and blend until completely smooth.

  3. Transfer the cashew milk to a medium pot on medium heat, add the cocoa powder and sea salt, and whisk until combined. Then stir in the dark chocolate until the chocolate is completely melted and warm, about 2-5 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with whipped coconut cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.

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Recipe Notes

Results May Vary: This cashew milk hot chocolate thickens when it stands still. The thickness may also vary depending on what milk is used and the exact ingredients used. You can thin it out with some water or splash of cashew milk/almond milk.

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave or on a stovetop when ready to serve.

Make Ahead Tips: The cashews will need to be soaked 2 hours or up to 24 hours in advance in order to use in this recipe.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However if you prefer to use a different nut, this recipe will still work but have a different taste. You can also use different store-bought plant-based milk.

Equipment: I made this vegan hot chocolate in my Vitamix. It has a "soup" button so it does all the work for me until the ingredients are well blended and warmed.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 247
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.4g 42%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 17.6mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 34.7g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4.3g 17%
Sugars 16.5g
Protein 11.5g 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments

  • Reply
    Alexandra
    January 19, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    What a great idea! I love that I can still enjoy my hot chocolate without all the dairy 🙂

  • Reply
    Adi
    December 12, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Looks amazing!!
    Can I do the same with almonds or hazelnuts?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      December 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you! And yes, you can absolutely make this with almonds or hazelnut. I would recommend if you’re making almond milk or hazelnut milk that you strain the milk with a cheesecloth though to make it more smooth like the texture of milk. Hope you enjoy it!

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