Healthy Hot Chocolate | Vegan + GF

I’m a major sucker for a hot beverage. They’re on my list of ‘favourite things’, however, being a health nut, hot chocolate doesn’t often align with my lifestyle and goals. That is, the usual Hot Chocolate one may buy at Starbucks or a grocery store. Yes, this delicious drink can be rather unhealthy but it can also become a great drink in a healthy diet too! Best of all, it can be still delicious and give you some of your daily nutrients. Moreover, this beverage is not just healthy but Cruelty Free, Vegan and Gluten Free!

This recipe was something I literally threw together one day, and after a few alterations and modifications, it’s become a regular recipe in my diet. A perfect combination of sweet, creamy and chocolatey goodness. You can still indulge repeatedly in this drink without it slowly affecting your health.  Furthermore, you are in high control of each ingredient, therefore, you have the power to get your beverage to taste exactly how you like it best.


Cook Time: 3- 5 Min 

Serves 1


 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

 

● 1tbsp (10g) Cocoa Powder

 

● 1 tsp Stevia

 

● 250ml Almond Milk

(can sub for any other non-dairy milk, but will change the flavour)

 

● 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe

1. Add all ingredients to a small pan and place on the hob.

2. Set heat to high and leave the liquid to heat up, stirring occasionally.

3. Once the hot chocolate is starting to bubble, turn the heat down to low and leave the hot chocolate to simmer. Stir every so often.

4. Once all of the powder has dissolved (around 3-5 minutes) and the consistency is smooth, remove the hob from the hot stove and turn the heat off.

5. Gently pour the hot chocolate into your favourite mug. Top with whatever your heart desires. Today I chose to add a dollop of homemade coconut cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Enjoy your healthy hot chocolate alternative!

What topping do you like on your hot chocolate?

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  • I tend to go the completely unhealthy road and top my hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. I wonder if I could switch to this healthier alternative…

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

    • well if you make up your own coconut whipped cream (just tinned coconut and vanilla essence whipped up in a blender) and top with a piece of dark chocolate, you’re good to go 🙂 xoxo

  • Belle Bakst

    Well you’ve completely gotten my attention. It’s been so so cold here in NYC and my hubby LOVES hot chocolate. We normally just drag ourselves to Dunkin for the hot cocoa there. I’m going to try your recipe!! <3
    Little Fashion Stylist

    • haha thats awesome! enjoy xoxo

  • Omg this is absolute perfection! It’s so hard to find vegan/healthy hot chocolate on the market so I always try to make my own and will be trying out your recipe for sure. It looks divine in the photos 🙂

    maria | http://whatismaria.com

    • Yes so true, although bourneville hot chocolate is vegan and thats super nice as well as a few in whitworths if you feel like splurging about of cash, they have rocky road flavour and everything! But this is a more affordable healthy recipe I put together to avoid breaking your credit card and health haha xoxo

  • Im not sure what stevia is but this sounds delicious. My mother in law is gluten intolerant so I think this will win me a lot of brownie points when I next see her. Xx

    http://heatherlousie.weebly.com

    • Its a natural sweetener used as a substitute for sugar 🙂 haha awh bless her, I hope you both enjoy! xo

  • This looks so yummy! Almond milk is my favorite! Will have to try this out 🙂

    McKenzie
    http://www.thrivergirl.com

  • the hot chocolate looks so good! And i love your pictures. Will definitely try this.
    Kim
    http://www.vanmenxel.com/blog

    • Thankyou Kim, Enjoy xoxo

  • This is just what I’ve been looking for! ha! Thanks for sharing dear.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • haha thats awesome! xoxo

  • Ellis Woolley

    Where has this recipe been all my life?! Definitely need to give this a go along with the vegan squirty cream which I’m dying to try. Perhaps some of the freedom confectionary marshmallows too! 🙂 x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

    • haha awh it’s a great healthy alternative for sure! (but seen as i created it i’m a tad biased) ooh yes, the vegan cream you can buy from stores is sooooo good and with the vegan marshmallows yum yum yum xoxo