Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

There’s something about hot chocolate that takes me back to childhood – warming up from the inside out with a steamy Styrofoam cup of hot chocolate while picking out a tree, or curling up by the fire with a good book and a warm mug. These days I don’t find myself drinking hot chocolate very often, but the other day it finally cooled down a bit in Austin and I had such a craving for it. I like anything with a spicy kick so I decided to try making some vegan Mexican hot chocolate – the results were pretty amazing.

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Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate
Makes 1 serving

2 cups almond milk (or substitute of choice)
2 tablespoons cacao powder (I used this kind)
1 tablespoon raw cane sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 cinnamon stick

On the stove top, whisk together all ingredients in a pot until fully incorporated and steaming hot. Serve and enjoy!

Optional: Garnish with a sprinkle of sea salt

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7 years ago

I love hot chocolate but I only drink it if it’s cold. Thanks for the recipe and great post ! xo

7 years ago

Sounds perfect!!

7 years ago

This is great. I’m from New York City and have lived in Mexico City for the past 4.5 years. The hot chocolate (and its spin-offs) is one of my favorite parts of Mexican cuisine.

I linked to this recipe and talked a little bit more about the tradition of Mexican hot chocolate on my blog:

7 years ago

This looks & sounds so good! I definitely want to make it!


7 years ago

Oh my gosh that sound perfect :D It’s so cold in here that I must try to do this immediately!

7 years ago

Yum! Hot chocolate is so festive, and I love adding a little spice with cayenne.

7 years ago

Oh my gosh…. yummy!
xoxo Kennedy
Northern Indigo

7 years ago

Ahhhh… I definately have a sweet tooth! Love it.

7 years ago

This might’ve just become my finals month saving grace. So lovely!

7 years ago

Loved this!
As a vegan I always have these craving for something sweet specially when I take it to go!
Lately I’ve been on a Chai Tea Latte fix but this is a great non caffeinated alternative!
Also adds variety to my diet!
So much gratitude for the idea!

7 years ago

Love the touch of almond and cinnamon <3

7 years ago

I made a similar recipe the other day: I used raw honey instead of the sugar, and I mixed it with Teeccino (a delicious and healthy coffee substitute made from dandelion root, chicory, and more). so yummy!!

7 years ago

Looks delish! Love the hint of cinnamon.

7 years ago

Looks so good, my mouth is watering!

7 years ago

This looks amazing, I love adding cinnamon to hot drinks :)!
Tasmin | Grandiose Days

7 years ago

This looks so yummy! Guess what I’m going to go and make right now …