Healthier Hot Chocolate Recipe (Paleo, Vegan)

Enjoy an easy, rich and creamy Healthier hot Chocolate, without the guilt! it’s refined sugar free, Paleo and Vegan option, plus it’s made in around 15 minutes!

To top, I dusted with cacao powder and piped whipped coconut cream, and when dissolved into the chocolate, it makes amazing creamy vegan and paleo hot chocolate.

The best part? there’s no weird ingredients like the ones found in store-bought stuff, just natural ingredients that you’re able to read. There’s lots of sugar in a hot chocolate mix, but this healthy hot chocolate recipe has none, which makes it a low carb version.

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Cocoa powder is what’s left when the cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans. There’s no added sugar or weird ingredients, so yes, unsweetened cocoa powder is both paleo and vegan friendly.

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Ingredients you’ll need for this Paleo hot chocolate

These 7 simple ingredients are the only ingredients this recipe needs. They’re found found in any big grocery store.

  • Milk. Use your milk of choice
  • Cacao powder. Unsweetened, and a good quality cacao makes all the difference!
  • Coconut sugar. I used organic
  • Vanilla extract. Good quality goes a long way!
  • Cinnamon. Ground
  • Salt. To enhance the flavors!
  • Coconut milk. Canned and unsweetened. Refrigerate overnight (optional, for coconut whipped cream topping)

Find the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

Healthier Hot Chocolate process

How to make this easy vegan and paleo creamy hot chocolate

Over a medium-sized sauce pan, heat on medium heat the milk, unsweetened chocolate, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon and a little sea salt, mixing until completely incorporated.

For the coconut whipped cream, whip the cold hardened coconut milk without the coconut water, until light and fluffy. Pipe on top of hot chocolate and sprinkle with cacao powder if desired.

Healthier Hot Chocolate

Substitutions and add-ons

  • You can use whichever type of milk you like with this recipe. Cashew milk, almond milk, coconut milk, any non-dairy milk for a vegan version and any paleo friendly milk if you’re following the paleo diet
  • Also, you could make it sugar free; just add instead of the coconut sugar any sweetener of your choice (stevia, monk fruit or something similar). Add it little by little, tasting after each addition, until reaching desired sweetness.
  • You can also substitute the coconut sugar or pure maple syrup if you prefer
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a mexican hot chocolate version of this drink
  • Top with Paleo friendly or vegan friendly chocolate chips or grated chocolate bars
  • Add some espresso powder for a Coffee Hot Chocolate version

How to store

Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for around 5 days. Heat in the microwave or a small sauce pan before serving.

For more cozy drinks, follow the links below. All could be made hot or cold, just add ice for a colder drink or enjoy them warm in the Holiday Season.

Maca Latte

Iced Golden Milk

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Healthier Hot Chocolate

Enjoy an easy, rich and creamy hot Chocolate, without the guilt! it's refined sugar free and Vegan!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: coconut whipped cream, easy hot chocolate, healthy hot chocolate, hot chocolate recipe, hot cocoa recipe, vegan hot chocolate
Servings: 3 Cups
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Maria Corcuera


  • 3 Cups milk of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons Cacao powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 Cup Organic coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cans unsweetened coconut milk refrigerated overnight (optional, for coconut whipped cream)


  • Over a medium-sized sauce pan, heat all of your ingredients (excluding coconut milk cans) mixing until completely incorporated
  • For the coconut whipped cream, whip the cold hardened coconut milk without the coconut water, until light and fluffy. Pipe on top of hot chocolate and sprinkle with cacao powder if desired


* With the coconut milk, when refrigerated for enough time, the rich coconut cream will have floated to the top and the coconut water stays at the bottom of the can. For the coconut whipped cream, you'll need the hardened coconut milk without the coconut water


Serving: 1g | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g

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