Easy Vegan Hot Chocolate (sugar-free)

Easy Vegan Hot Chocolate (sugar-free)

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Here is an easy vegan hot chocolate that you can make in less time than it takes to eat a banana.

When I was a kid, I played at the park almost every evening until sun-down. I ran home with my dog, and my nose ran with me when it was a cold evening. I got home and made myself some hot chocolate. It was the kind of hot chocolate that came in powder form in individual packets. It was nice to be able to make something for myself. All I had to do was heat some water in a mug in the microwave, open the packet of hot chocolate, pour it into the water, and mix until the powder dissolved. I liked to get the hot chocolate packets with tiny marshmallows in them.

Of course back then I did not know what was in marshmallows, or even how dairy milk was produced. Nowadays, I opt for healthier desserts that are also free of packaging.

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I usually make something very simple for dessert and usually involving chocolate. This hot chocolate recipe is almost just as fast as making hot chocolate from a  package like when I was a kid. You only need 4 simple whole food ingredients for this recipe.

I like to use a lot of ripe bananas as sweeteners in desserts like this banana pudding and chocolate waffles because they are cheap and are a healthy sweetener.

Which Plant Milk to Use?

For this recipe I made my own oat milk. If you make your own oat milk, just be aware that when you cook oat milk it can get very thick. You can still use homemade oat milk, but be sure not to cook it too much. Other plant milks would be great in this recipe, such as almond or soy milk.

I love making my own hot chocolate at home, because it is so easy to customize. You can add in some mint extract, cinnamon, coffee, Kahlua for a party etc.

Once your hot chocolate is nice and hot, add on some vegan marshmallows. I don’t even notice much of a difference between vegan marshmallows and gelatin marshmallows. I used the vegan marshmallows from Trader Joe’s.

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If you make this recipe be sure to let me know how it went and tag me on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

If you are looking for another hot chocolate recipe be sure to try my Gingerbread Hot Chocolate or if you want another chocolate recipe try my Black Bean Chocolate Waffles.

Easy Vegan Hot Chocolate (sugar-free)

Refined sugar-free vegan hot chocolate. The perfect cozy beverage to wind down after a busy day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: gluten-free, vegan
Keyword: healthy dessert, holiday drinks, winter drinks
Servings: 2 people
Author: Plantiful Picnic


  • 2 cups plant milk (almond, oat, soy, etc.)
  • 2-3 ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

Toppings (optional):

  • vegan marshmallows
  • vegan whipped cream
  • cinnamon


  • Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into a mug and microwave for about 1 minute or until hot, or heat the hot chocolate in a saucepan on the stove.
  • Add in the desired amount of vegan marshmallows and vegan whipped cream. Enjoy!


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