Vegan Hot Chocolate

Cook Time: 20 min

Costs: £1 per serving

Region: Western

Difficulty: 2/5

Vegan Hot Chocolate


Having drank very sad and flavourless vegan hot chocolates at different cafes and restaurants, I went on a hunt to find a vegan hot chocolate recipe that didn’t taste quite as bland. During my university years, I used to frequently visit a little coffee shop in Waterloo where they sold the most exceptional vegan hot chocolate. This set my high standards for vegan hot chocolate and nothing has compared until my creation of this recipe. 


As a chocolate lover, I dreamed of a creamy hot chocolate that’s smooth and full of earthy chocolate flavours. After some trial and errors (and many disappointments), I figured out that the key ingredients are oat milk and coffee. As oat milk is neutral-tasting milk, it acts as a foundation for hosting complex flavours. Cocoa powder alone doesn’t have the familiar chocolatey flavour that I expect from a standard vegan hot chocolate. As coffee is generally very bitter, it amplifies the sweetness in the cocoa powder, (NeuroScienceNews).


If you buy the ingredients from the supermarket, you could probably make several batches of this vegan hot chocolate. The most expensive ingredient is probably cocoa powder. Depending on where you live, the cocoa you have available might be more expensive. The quality of the cocoa can also have an impact on how good it tastes. We used cocoa powder that is available within the most popular supermarkets across the UK for this vegan hot chocolate. If you can catch a discount or a bargain, you could probably get the ingredients for even cheaper.


Hot chocolates are fairly easy to make. If you are well versed in the kitchen, this will not be challenging at all. It’s simply adding all the ingredients in the saucepan at the right time and making sure that everything is well incorporated. If you are not well versed in the kitchen, it may take a couple attempts to get it to your acquired taste.


Hot chocolate is very popular across the western part of the world. Each country has a different variation on this very classic beverage. Originally, however, hot chocolate was introduced from Mexico. Hot chocolate has since its introduction become a popular drink across Europe. It’s a staple hot drink at any cafe or coffee shop alongside teas and coffees. Notably, Hernan Cortes, a Spanish conqueror who caused the fall of the Aztec Empire, describes hot chocolate as a ‘divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue.’ This shows that historically hot chocolate was loved and thought to have super powers. The more you know!


There have been studies showing that hot chocolate can have a positive impact on your moods and your energy levels. A study by Oxford Brookes University revealed that hot chocolate can have a positive impact on the energy levels of people who have multiple sclerosis due to its anti-inflammatory properties (Oxford Brookes University). However, it would be naive to say that hot chocolate is healthy. It’s a great way to treat yourself once in a while but drinking hot chocolate excessively can have a negative impact on your overall health. If you use fortified oat milk, it can be a great way to get your recommended daily nutrients into your diet.

Vegan Hot Chocolate



  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 200 ml Oat Milk
  • ½ Tsp Instant Coffee Powder (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • Optional: Vegan Whipped Cream


  • Spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Optional: Milk Frother


  1. Into a pan add the oat milk, place on medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. (If you have a milk frother, you can froth some of the milk to add on top to add an airy texture to the drink)
  2. Mix the cocoa powder thoroughly until it is well combined without any lumpy or chunky bits. 
  3. Add the instant coffee powder and the sugar and mix it in.
  4. Optionally, make a cornstarch slurry by mixing cornstarch with some water to get rid of all the lumpys and add this to your hot chocolate to thicken the consistency.
  5. Keep stirring to make sure that everything is well combined and smooth. 
  6. Once the hot chocolate starts bubbling and rising within the pan, take it off the heat. 
  7. Pour into a mug. (Optional: pipe a generous layer of vegan whipped cream on top).


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£1 Cheap and Simple Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe

Vegan hot chocolate is perfect for any time of the day. It’s the sort of beverage that can calm you down and make you feel like you are right at home. If you are a chocolate lover, you have to try this recipe. It’s so rich and thick. The addition of the coffee really elevates the flavour of the chocolate and adds depth to this very traditional drink. It’s perfect for winter but don’t let that stop you from making this recipe whenever you are craving some hot chocolate.

Type: drink

Cuisine: Western

Keywords: vegan, chocolate, drink, hot drink, winter, Christmas, vegan Christmas, vegan chocolate

Recipe Yield: 1 serving

Preparation Time: PT0M

Cooking Time: PT20M

Total Time: PT20M

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