Learn how to make your own hot chocolate mix in just 5 minutes! Simply combine the mix with your favorite plant-based milk for a creamy, rich, and thick hot chocolate. Plus it makes a delicious edible Holiday gift!
Do you also happen to crave hot chocolate but don't feel like preparing it? This hot chocolate mix comes to the rescue! It couldn't be easier to make hot chocolate in just 5 minutes!
Scoop out ¼ cup of the mix and heat it with 1 cup of plant-based milk for a warming and chocolatey treat!
🥣 How to Make Hot Chocolate Mix
You are just 5 ingredients away from the creamiest and richest hot chocolate! To prepare the mix, you will need:
- Cacao powder: Use your favorite brand of cacao powder, but go for the unsweetened kind.
- Coconut sugar: For a delicate caramel flavor!
- Dark chocolate: The addition of shaved dark chocolate brings a richer mouthfeel, as well as a deeper chocolate flavor.
- Cornstarch: To help thicken the hot chocolate just enough.
- Vanilla powder: While optional, I highly recommend adding it to the mix. It brings freshness and a delicate floral aroma. If not using, add ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract per cup of milk.
- Salt: To balance with the sweetness. Plus salt and chocolate is always a good match!
Note: If you want the mix to be fully naturally-sweetened, use coconut sugar sweetened dark chocolate.
Start by shaving the dark chocolate using a peeler. Try to shave the chocolate as thinly as possible, this way it will melt quickly once heated.
Next, whisk together all of the ingredients in a bowl and transfer to a jar. Done. Your chocolate mix is now ready to use!
🍫 How to Use It
There is nothing easier! Simply combine ¼ cup of the mix with 1 cup of your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk. Then, heat over medium heat until it just comes to a boil while whisking constantly.
The shaved chocolate and coconut sugar will melt and the cornstarch will slightly thicken the milk!
Enjoy hot topped with vegan marshmallows or whipped cream, and sprinkle with cacao powder for a warming treat!
Can I replace the coconut sugar with regular white sugar?
Yes, you can use white sugar, brown sugar, or even your favorite sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit. Be aware you will have to adjust the amount if using a sugar substitute.
Which type of dark chocolate is best for this recipe?
I highly recommend going with a 70% dark chocolate. If using a lower percentage chocolate, you may want to reduce slightly the amount of coconut sugar.
How long does it keep?
This hot chocolate mix will keep for months! Since there are just shelf-stable dry ingredients used, you can store the mix in a jar, at room temperature for 5-6 months easily.
I hope you will love this instant chocolate mix as much as I do! It yields a very chocolatey, perfectly sweet, and SO creamy chocolate!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Creamy Hot Chocolate Mix (Vegan!)
- 1 cup cacao powder
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup shaved dark chocolate
- 3 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon vanilla powder optional
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine everything.
- Transfer to a jar and store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
- To use the mix: Combine 1 cup of your favorite unsweetened plant-based milk with ¼ cup of the mix in a saucepan. Heat over medium-heat, whisking constantly until the shaved chocolate melts. Bring to a simmer and keep whisking for another 10-15 seconds, or until the chocolate slightly thickens. Transfer to a mug and enjoy!