How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

This rich and creamy vegan hot chocolate mix can be made quickly, using common ingredients. It’s a delicious treat for kids and adults alike.

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a jar of homemade vegan hot chocolate.

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Why Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix?

Because this recipe is made without powdered milk it is much more shelf-stable.

Also, so many people have dairy allergies and it is nice to have a hot chocolate recipe that is friendly for all to enjoy.

a jar of homemade vegan hot chocolate.

Ingredients you will need:

It seriously couldn’t be simpler.

  • Cocoa Powder – or cacao powder!
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Instant Coffee (if the kids aren’t having any)

How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

The instructions for this healthy hot chocolate blend are pretty darn simple. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk.


a bowl of cocoa, coconut sugar, cinnamon and instant coffee being whisked together.

Store the mixture in a sealed glass jar. This vegan hot cocoa mix will last forever!

To make dairy-free hot chocolate add a tablespoon of the prepared mixture to a mug. Then warm a cup of your milk of choice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour into the mug with the hot cocoa mix in it and stir well.

a jar of homemade vegan hot chocolate.

What is store-bought hot chocolate mix made of?

If you’re wondering why make your own vegan hot chocolate mix? The manufactured version has a lot of ‘extras’ that aren’t good for you. This is a snippet of what is in those oh-so-convenient packages of hot chocolate you purchase at the grocery store:

  • sugar
  • sucrose
  • corn syrup
  • hydrogenated oils
  • artificial flavour
  • carrageenan
  • and a bit of cocoa

That’s in one package and it is all empty calories and zero nutrition.

The Honour System’s gluten-free hot chocolate recipe has none of that. But it does have coffee. 😉

Woot woot!

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions:

  • Top with vegan whipped cream, vegan marshmallows, vegan chocolate chips
  • For different variations prepare with various dairy-free milk options like oat milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milksoy milk is the highest in protein
  • Sprinkle with spices like cayenne pepper and chili powder for Mexican hot chocolate
  • Experiment with flavors like vanilla extract, peppermint extract, nutmeg, or maple syrup to taste
  • Drizzle with a teaspoon of vegan caramel sauce
a jar of powdered drink mix.

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**This recipe was originally posted on November 14,2014, updated on September 24, 2020, and updated again on December 4, 2021, with recipe notes, writing, and photos.**

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a jar of homemade vegan hot chocolate mix.

How to Make Vegan Hot Chocolate Mix – Simple + Homemade

Sharon Rhodes
This rich and creamy vegan hot chocolate mix can be made quickly, using common ingredients. It's a delicious treat for kids and adults alike.
4.47 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 126 kcal



  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk all ingredients together.
  • Transfer the homemade hot chocolate mix to a small mason jar and keep it covered. This will last at least a month.
  • To make a single serving – add 1 tbsp to a mug. Pour 1 ¼ cups of warmed milk over top, stirring until smooth.
  • Store in a selaed glass jar for up to three months.


Serving Suggestions and Substitutions:

  • Top with vegan whipped creamvegan marshmallowsvegan chocolate chips
  • For different variations prepare with various dairy-free milk options like oat milkcashew milk, hemp milk, soy milkalmond milk, or coconut milk – soy milk is the highest in protein
  • Sprinkle with spices like cayenne pepper and chili powder for Mexican hot chocolate
  • Experiment with flavors like vanilla extractpeppermint extractnutmeg, or maple syrup to taste
  • Drizzle with a teaspoon of vegan caramel sauce


Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 55mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 4gSugar: 17gCalcium: 31mgIron: 1.7mg
Keyword vegan hot chocolate, vegan hot chocolate mix
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  1. 5 stars
    Finally a healthy recipe without that yucky dry milk powder! I use erythritol for sweetener. Thanks for recipe… I’ve been making my own concoction same ingredients but my neighbor wants some for Christmas and I didn’t know measurements. So glad I found your recipe!

    1. Awesome! I’m glad you found it too. 🙂 I like the erythritol substitution idea too! Great idea for less of the sugary stuff. Thanks, Christina!

  2. I skipped the instant coffee ingredient because I actually use a half of a tablespoon in my coffee and I LOVE IT! Thank you so much!

    1. That’s awesome! I’m so glad you love the mix. It’s just so much better when you make your own, right? Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, Jessica!

  3. This sounds yummy! Just wondering if you can substitute the coconut sugar as I don’t think I can buy it here in Dubai

    1. Hmmm … can you get another type of unrefined sugar? Organic cane sugar would probably work. You could also make it unsweetened and add maple syrup to the hot mixture.

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