I’ve shared all kinds of hot drinks here, but I think this very classic-feeling Almond Butter Hot Chocolate might be my favorite. This healthy hot chocolate is creamy, rich and so comforting. I like to go super deluxe and top mine with coconut whipped cream, but it’s definitely good enough on its own.
Roasted peanut butter gives this vegan hot chocolate recipe such a deep flavor! Combined with cocoa powder, chopped dairy-free dark chocolate, vanilla extract, non-dairy milk, a pinch of sea salt and sticky-sweet Medjool dates, this is my ideal hot chocolate. It’s definitely rich enough to wander into vegan dessert territory.
Making hot chocolate in a blender:
- Specifically, I recommend a high speed and vented blender for this type of recipe. You’ll be mixing hot liquid, chopped chocolate, and dates together, so you want maximum strength as well as a chance to escape the steam. I have a 12+ year old Vitamix 5200 series that still works wonderfully, so this is my go-to.
- If you have a regular blender, I recommend blending everything except the chopped chocolate (don’t heat the milk) and then finely grating it. Then, transfer the strained mixture to a saucepan with the chopped chocolate and stir frequently over medium heat until it’s simmering and super creamy.
I hope you give this easy vegan hot chocolate recipe a try the next time you’re looking for something comforting that will really make you feel good. This recipe can be customized in a bunch of different ways depending on your mood. Try adding half a teaspoon of orange zest, or a splash of peppermint extract, or even a shot of espresso for a mocha vibe.
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Vegan Almond Butter Hot Chocolate
This peanut butter hot chocolate is so decadent, creamy, flavorful, and delicious. It contains cocoa, chopped dairy-free chocolate and sweetened with dates. This vegan hot chocolate recipe is easy to prepare – just heat non-dairy milk and mix it in with everything else!
- 2 ½ the cup Unsweetened dairy milk
- 1 ½ oz (43 g) dark dairy-free chocolate, chopped
- 2 table spoon Cocoa without sugar
- 2 table spoon Roasted peanut butter
- 2-4 soft medjul dates (see vaccine)
- ¼ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Coconut Whipped Cream (optional)
- You can customize this hot chocolate with a bunch of things! A splash of peppermint extract, ½ teaspoon orange zest or even a shot of espresso for a mocha feel.
- I had a coconut whipped cream on hand (such a fun treat), but you can make your own if you want! Good tutorial here.
- Use 2-4 dates depending on how sweet you want your hot chocolate. If your dates are hard and dry, soak them in hot water for 5 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.
In a medium saucepan, bring the non-dairy milk to a boil.
While the milk is coming up to temperature, in an upright blender, combine the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, almond butter, dates, vanilla, and sea salt.
Once the milk is hot, pour it into the blender with all the other ingredients. Secure the lid and bring slowly to high speed. Blend the mixture until completely creamy and smooth, about 30 seconds.
Pour hot chocolate into mugs and top with coconut whipped cream!