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

Sounds perfect!!

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:

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


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

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

Oh my gosh…. yummy!
xoxo Kennedy
Northern Indigo

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

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

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!

Love the touch of almond and cinnamon <3


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!!

Looks delish! Love the hint of cinnamon.

Looks so good, my mouth is watering!

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

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