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Dairy-free hot chocolate recipe

Dairy-free hot chocolate recipe

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This quick and easy dairy free, vegan hot chocolate recipe is made with rice milk, vanilla extract and dark chocolate chips.

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IngredientsServes: 2

  • 475ml rice milk or other dairy-free milk
  • 125g vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

MethodCook:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. Combine rice milk, chocolate chips and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is hot, about 5 minutes.


Add a chai tea bag to the saucepan for a chai-spiced hot chocolate.

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Homemade Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

With the weather getting cooler, I’m excited to enjoy warm beverages again. We’ve been kicking back outside at night and it is so cozy! And if you’ve only experienced hot chocolate from a Swiss Miss pouch then you are definitely missing out! At least that’s what I discovered when I made homemade (dairy free!) hot chocolate for the first time. Whoa, so yummy, and so much healthier than those instant store-bought or coffee shop versions!

What Ingredients Do You Need to make Dairy Free Hot Chocolate?

I know what you’re thinking. It’s super hard to make dairy free hot chocolate.

But guess what? You ready? Are you sure you can handle this?

Your pants may get a little harder to button after this however, it’s super easy to make this vegan hot chocolate recipe.

The ingredients that you need for this hot chocolate recipe are:

*We linked above the exact brands we used

Step 2: Make ‘Em!

Now that you’ve got your mold, let’s make our dairy free hot chocolate bombs! Here’s what you’ll need (full amounts and instructions in the recipe card at the bottom just adding some helpful step by step process photos here!):

  • Dairy free dark chocolate chips
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Vanilla almond milk (or oat milk)

Start by melting your chocolate in the microwave. Be sure to do it in 30-second intervals and stir between each interval – this will allow the chocolate to fully melt without burning.

Put a spoonful of chocolate into each of six spaces in your dome mold. Use the spoon to thoroughly spread the chocolate all over the dome. If any spaces look thin or you see spots of the mold, add a little more chocolate.

As a note, you probably won’t use the entire 3/4 cup of chocolate – more like 2/3 – but it’s better to have a little extra if you need it. The mold sizes aren’t always standardized, and you also may need to add a little more chocolate if you notice there are any holes.

Once you’ve got the chocolate in there, put the mold in the freezer for about 10 minutes. The chocolate should harden and you can pop each dome right out.

Quick note – If any of the domes don’t have a good even edge (like if you didn’t get the chocolate all the way up to the top) – just keep them in the mold, add another layer of chocolate (that’s what the extra is for!), and repeat the freezer process.

You’ll have six domes. You want to fill three of them with your hot chocolate ingredients. Put 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon of marshmallows in each of these domes.

The last step is to seal an empty dome to a filled one. To do this, heat up a skillet for a minute so it’s just warm. Hold a dome on there so the edges start to melt.

Then place this immediately on top of a filled one. Now you’ll have a nice, sealed circle and your hot chocolate bomb is ready to use!

When you’re ready to enjoy it, just place it in a mug with some hot vanilla almond milk – and watch the chocolate shell melt to release the cocoa mix and marshmallows!

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe


  • 4 cups Silk Cashewmilk
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Add Silk Cashewmilk and chocolate to a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame, whisking occasionally as the chocolate melts.
  3. As the chocolate melts, whisk more vigorously to incorporate ingredients.
  4. Do not let the milk boil as that will cause it to form a skin.
  5. Divide the hot cocoa between 4 cups top with dairy-free whipped cream and chocolate pieces

Other Low Carb Hot Chocolate Recipes

If “hot” hot chocolate isn’t your thing, then try this alternative recipe!

If you are looking for a hot chocolate recipe that does not use special ingredients, check out this recipe . (No special ingredients if you choose not to use the optional ingredients.)

This easy low calorie hot chocolate only uses a handful of ingredients, and takes 2 minutes to make!

Looking for a way to sneak more superfoods into your diet, but also love a rich, velvety hot chocolate? (I promise you cannot taste the secret ingredient)! As a bonus, this hot chocolate is FP for Trim Healthy Mamas!

Maybe you like to make your hot chocolate on the stovetop!

If rich and decadent is your thing, you will enjoy this Fancy Low Carb Hot Chocolate!

This low carb hot cocoa uses a low carb sweetened condensed milk!

This hot chocolate recipe is a Deep S for Trim Healthy Mamas – filled with good healthy fats and healing ingredients!

If you try one of these and fall in love with it, comment below and let me know which one! Stay warm and enjoy all these delicious drinks!

My Daughter, Independence, and. Hot Chocolate

I am blessed, there are no two ways about it. I have a great family, a wonderful hubby, and I couldn't be more proud of my little girls.

I know &ndash every mom says that, but I really, truly am.

I had moment of heart-bursting love and awe with my two and a half year old last weekend that made me feel beyond blessed.

We were visiting Grandma and Grandpa in the country and it was finally warm enough to go outside and play in the snow. And was there ever snow. The massive yard was waist high with white stuff.

It had been a very rough few weeks for me and I was ecstatic to get out in the sun and enjoy the fresh air.

So out we went. My little peanut and I bundled up. The wind was colder than we had expected, but we weren&rsquot about to let that ruin our fun.

My little one had never played in these conditions. We'd gone for some toboggan rides (pulled by mommy), shoveled a bit, and thrown some snow up in the air, but she had never trudged.

So what was my duty? To help her out, blaze a trail, have her walk in my footsteps, to make the trek easier for her, of course!

So there I was, trudging away in thigh-high snow, trying to stay on top of the harder, packed parts for the most part, musing dramatically about how I was blazing a trail literally and perhaps figuratively, for my girl. As I did this, heading for the gazebo that was boarded up for the winter, I saw my little girl out of the corner of my eye.

Wait&hellipwhat? The corner of my eye? I thought she was behind me--in my footprints, taking the path I had made for her, blazed for her, to help her out, to make it easy for her!

No, there she was, walking beside me, finding her own way, blazing her own trail through the deep heavy snow and I mean deep, heavy snow. I was taken aback. I had underestimated my little girl. She was stronger than I'd given her credit for. I beamed with pride while wanting to burst into tears at how grown up she was.

From there on, she lead the way, traipsing around the property, saying things like:

&ldquolet's go this way&rdquo
&ldquofollow me&rdquo
&ldquoyou can do it mommy&rdquo and my favorite
&ldquowe gotta go find more bunny poop&rdquo (the resident bunnies had left piles all over the yard).

I was so proud of my confident, adventurous, imaginative and self-assured little girl. She was blazing trails and making tracks where there were none. We went to each and every cold corner, up the hill, down the hill, and through the trees--to places that no one had walked all winter.

The wind started to pick up, so I began planting the idea of hot chocolate in her head. Well, after my suggestion and one more trek up the hill to look for bunny poop she said, &ldquoit&rsquos getting chilly, better go in for hot cocoa&rdquo.

So in we went, and to add to her independent day, she scooped her own cocoa powder, dropped in her own stevia and stirred it all up in the milk.

I&rsquom surprised she didn&rsquot heat it up on her own out of pure will :).

We usually try to give her carob when it is later in the afternoon (to avoid caffeine) but I wasn&rsquot about to split hairs after the moment we&rsquod had. And Grandma had cocoa, so cocoa it was! She loved it, and savoured every last drop.

3-Ingredient Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe Basics

Unsweetened 100% cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. That’s it! Three magical ingredients are all you need for the perfect hot chocolate mix. You may be a little surprised that salt is making an appearance here, but believe me you don’t want to leave it out. It enhances the chocolate flavor JUST so, without actually tasting salty.

We’re using a sieve to de-clump our cocoa powder (which, let’s face it, is always lumpy). This creates a beautifully powdery mix which you will possibly inhale while sifting if you breathe too deeply!

To make a mug of hot chocolate I recommend whisking 1/4 cup of the mix with 8 ounces of hot liquid. Warmed milk substitute (such as almond milk) or hot water both work well. The almond milk will create a creamier hot chocolate than the water, which makes more of a hot cocoa. Coconut milk, soymilk, or macadamia milk would all be delicious too (check out this post for more on milk alternatives).

Keep in mind that this hot chocolate may require more whisking than regular mix because it doesn’t contain emulsifiers. Which is a good thing, in my opinion! Also, fun fact: each serving has almost 5 grams of fiber. FIVE. Cocoa powder is actually fairly high in fiber and low in FODMAPs, which makes it tummy-friendly for most of us. If you’re sensitive to fiber I’d aim for a small serving to start.

Why is this paleo hot chocolate mix so great?

I've been making hot chocolate for my night cap for years on years. Whenever friends come over, particularly my best friend Lindzy, she always asks me to make her hot cocoa.

It's kind of my thing, and I knew it was time to put together an official recipe for this deliciousness. Why is it so awesome?

  • All you have to do is mix it with hot water, so it's very low maintenance.
  • It doesn't have any junky ingredients inside and is made with real coconut sugar and cacao powder.
  • You can choose to omit the coconut milk powder and simply mix with your favorite non-dairy milk.
  • It makes a great gift for the holidays or really any time of the year, as it yields 20 servings!

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe -That Tastes Like the Real Thing

FINALLY. A vegan, dairy-free hot chocolate recipe that tastes like the real thing. Also, it’s only 2 ingredients. PLUS, a free printable recipe card.

I love making this with a little snack at night. It has the perfect flavor of chocolate that’s not bitter or sweet. Ever since I became lactose-intolerant, I’ve been missing hot chocolate. A lot (almost all) of the packaged hot chocolates contain dairy, so I’m so happy I found a hot chocolate that I like and tastes like the real thing. Ibarra is actually a 100% Mexican product, so of course, me being Mexican-American, I support it. I also learned online that it’s vegan (meaning it doesn’t contain animal products). Although, on my box, it says “Manufactured in equipment that processes milk”, so you be the judge. I personally just needed something that didn’t have dairy in it. Now, let’s get into this easy & quick recipe.

Download the free printable recipe card here.


1 cup of non-dairy milk (original, unsweetened) (I use this one)

dash of cinnamon (optional)

dash of pure vanilla extract (optional)


These bombs are being sold locally for $3-4 a piece! Purchase a silicon mold and you can safely make your own again and again. Enjoy experimenting with different toppings or hot chocolate brands. DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs bring cheer, amazement, and deliciousness to what otherwise could be a long and dreary winter.

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