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Vegan Blender Hot Chocolate

5-Minute Vitamix Hot Chocolate (Vegan + Paleo)


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!


Units 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):

  • 1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds

Optional Garnishes:


  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.


* 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!

  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 3
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan hot chocolate, paleo hot chocolate, Vitamix hot chocolate, Vitamix hot cocoa