Blender Hot Chocolate (vegan + paleo)

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This vegan hot chocolate is the perfect healthier treat to warm you up this winter and satisfy your chocolate fix.  It is sweetened naturally and refined sugar-free/paleo-friendly.  The blender is wonderful for keeping this recipe super simple and clump free.  The result is ultra rich and creamy with just the push of a button.  It is full of wholesome ingredients so you can feel good about every sip!

Vegan Paleo Blender Hot Chocolate

Whenever it snows my kids beg me for hot cocoa.  We love to play in the snow and then warm our bellies with this fun treat.  It is a winter tradition that I will always cherish.  This is the vegan hot chocolate recipe I’ve been making for them for years and we all love it.  It uses simple nutritious ingredients to create a warming, soothing, thick and satisfying hot chocolate beverage that is truly unforgettable.  If you are going to have hot chocolate this winter, this is the recipe you want.  It is made directly in your blender.

Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe

The only ingredients you need for this vegan hot cocoa:

You most likely already have the ingredients you need for my vegan hot chocolate in your pantry:

  1. liquid: boiling hot water or your favorite plant-based milk (canned light coconut milk, almond, oat or cashew milk [store bought or homemade] all work well here)
  2. raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder (read the full post for the difference)
  3. Medjool dates (or maple syrup)
  4. slivered blanched almonds or raw cashews (optional for added creaminess) – raw creamy almond butter also works here
  5. pure vanilla extract
  6. pinch of salt to bring out all the amazing flavor

You can also add a drop of peppermint extract OR a pinch of cinnamon for a fun flavor twist.  Everything goes straight into your blender so no need for your stovetop!

Vegan Blender Hot Chocolate

This healthier hot cocoa will taste fantastic as is, but if you want bonus points for presentation, go ahead and try some of these garnish ideas:

Easy Blender Hot Chocolate

Health Benefits of Cocoa

Unsweetened cocoa powder is made by roasting and grinding cocoa beans. Years of nutrition research has shown that chocolate may provide health benefits from antioxidants called flavanols found in the cocoa solids (as opposed to the cocoa butter). When consumed in large amounts, studies have shown that flavanols in chocolate may lower blood pressure, promote lung and brain health, and even improve your mood (I know I’m always happy when I’m eating chocolate!). Look for cocoa powder that’s a vibrant dark brown color.

Note: Dutch-processed cocoa powder is cocoa powder that has been alkalized to remove the bitter taste. This actually substantially reduces the flavanols (about 65% of the flavanol content is lost).

Unsweetened Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is similar to unsweetened cocoa powder in that it does not contain added sugars, butter, milk or additives. It is said to be different from cocoa powder in the way it is processed, preserving more flavanols.  Manufacturers of cacao powder say they use low-temperature processing to preserve the enzymes and nutrients.

Paleo Blender Hot Chocolate

Want more delicious refined sugar-free, vegan and healthier winter beverages?

Here are some of my favorite homemade warm beverages for you to cozy up to this winter:

  1. Easy Turmeric Golden Milk Latte
  2. Gingerbread Steamer
  3. Mexican Hot Chocolate
  4. Chai Latte
  5. Spiced Apple Cider

They are all vegan, soy-free, paleo, refined sugar-free and gluten-free.

Vegan Paleo Blender Hot Chocolate

Now, let’s make this easy blender vegan hot cocoa!

It is perfectly rich, sweet, creamy and addictive.  You won’t be able to get over how delicious and easy this homemade hot cocoa is.

Vegan Paleo Blender Hot Chocolate

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Vegan Blender Hot Chocolate

Vegan Paleo Blender Hot Chocolate


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 3
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan hot chocolate is the perfect healthier treat to warm you up this winter and satisfy your chocolate fix.  It is sweetened naturally and refined sugar-free/paleo-friendly.  The blender is wonderful for keeping this recipe super simple and clump free.  The result is ultra rich and creamy with just the push of a button.  It is full of wholesome ingredients so you can feel good about every sip!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2.5 cups boiling water* 
  • 6 soft pitted Medjool dates (or 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup)**
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds (or raw cashews) OR 1 tablespoon raw creamy almond butter 
  • 2 tablespoons good quality unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)***
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt (to bring out all the flavors)

Optional Flavor Enhancers (choose one):

  • fresh mint leaves or a drop of peppermint extract
  • ground cinnamon

Optional Superfood Boosters (you won’t notice it):

  • 12 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 12 tablespoons chia seeds

Optional Garnishes:


Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth (about 40 seconds on the highest speed setting).  
  2. Taste and adjust sweetness if desired.  You can also add a drop of peppermint extract (or a couple fresh mint leaves) OR a pinch of cinnamon for a fun flavor twist.
  3. Pour into two mugs and serve piping hot.  Garnish with homemade coconut whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

Notes

* I use my stainless steel electric tea kettle to boil the water.  For an even creamier hot chocolate you can warm up your favorite plant-based milk and use that instead. You can warm on the stovetop in a pot or in the microwave.  

**The dates will make the hot cocoa thicker and give it a nice caramel flavor.  If you substitute with maple syrup just know it will have a slightly thinner consistency.  It is delicious either way – I just know not everyone always has dates on hand and maple syrup most definitely works here.

*** It is important to use a good quality cocoa powder.  My favorite unsweetened cocoa powder is Whole Foods 365 brand.  It is organic and fair-trade.  It has a rich, deep dark brown color which indicates a strong chocolate flavor.  Whenever I use anything else my kids notice the difference and don’t like it as much.  Same with me!

  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan paleo hot chocolate

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2 Comments

  1. Kiara B

    The hot cocoa is delicious! I used cashews, a little pumpkin pie spice, 4 dates, and 2 tablespoons of bourbon flavored maple syrup. I added coco whip on top. Absolutely amazing. You have the best recipes.






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    • Elaine Gordon

      OMG thank you so much, Kiara! This literally makes my day! I love your additions – sounds super gourmet! Stay warm!

      Reply

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