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Simple + Creamy Hot Chocolate (vegan + gluten-free)

Simple + Creamy Hot Chocolate (vegan + gluten-free)

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Okay, so have I mentioned that this recipe is only 4 ingredients?

Y’all, I ain’t even PLAYING. This hot chocolate recipe is so dang easy to make, and it tastes like liquid gold. Hot chocolate was always my favorite hot drink, besides tea, but since going vegan, I had never really bothered to make it. Of course, I grew up drinking the classic hot chocolate packets that you simply combine with milk and boil on the stove, but that ish ain’t the best for ya. I also really loved the classic Czech chocolate mixture Granko, which is basically the same concept as classic American hot cocoa mix (only, in my opinion, it’s even better).

Yet, after not having or making hot cocoa for literally years, one cold afternoon I literally developed the BIGGEST craving for it. You know when there’s a food or drink that you really love, and in that specific moment you can literally taste it? That was how I felt - so, there was simple only one option: make the damn hot cocoa girl.

And within minutes, I had created the easiest hot chocolate known to man - not only was it naturally sweetened, but I had added Alter Eco chocolate to make it extra chocolatey, and extra creamy. Actually, the first time I had made it that afternoon, I stepped away from the stove for literally not even a minute, and before I knew it the saucepan had overflowed and the hot cocoa was everywhere. So if I need to give you any tips here, it’s this: stand by and watch the saucepan - it boils pretty quickly. I also added some coconut cream on top because i’m extra like that, but it’s up to you boo. Needless to say, since making it I haven’t looked back.


Hot Chocolate


1.5 cups plant milk

2 squares Alter Eco chocolate

2 Tbsp cacao powder

3 Tbsp maple syrup


Add all of the ingredients into a saucepan, and allow it to come to a simmer - cook until the chocolate has melted and everything is combine.

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