Most hot chocolate recipes are cocoa powder sugar. Cocoa powder is basically straight cocoa solids with the fats removed, and so most hot chocolate recipes are sweet but lack the velvety creaminess you get from eating a chocolate bar. This recipe for vegan dark hot chocolate uses whole dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder to provide the ultimate rich dark chocolate experience.
Use your favorite brand of chocolate bar. Just make sure to check the ingredients to make sure it does not contain any dairy. In this recipes, we use 70% cocoa dark chocolate which usually does not contain any dairy.
This drink is rich. You may only need a small mug to satisfy your chocolate craving. Depending on how sweet you like your cocoa you may want to add more sweetener. I tend to like my cocoa on the less sweet side of the spectrum.
- 3.5 oz 70% cocoa dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 cups plant based milk
- 2 tbsp agave nectar (or sweetener of choice)
- Bring the plant-based milk and sweetener to a boil in a saucepan on the stove.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate. Put the lid on the pan and let sit for 60 seconds. Remove the lid and stir until the chocolate has melted and evenly combined.
- Pour into two glasses and top with marshmallows or whipped cream.
Like this recipe? Also, check out our recipe for oreo hot chocolate. Or make some homemade vegan marshmallows or whipped cream to go along with your hot cocoa.