Healthy Dairy-free Hot Chocolate {Maple Sweetened}

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Healthy-dairy-free-hot-chocolate maple sweetenedAre you ready for the MOST DELICIOUS healthy dairy free hot chocolate recipe EVER?!

This seriously tastes like a melted dark chocolate bar, it is so rich and creamy. And the best part is this dairy-free hot chocolate has ingredients that are actually good for you, so you can indulge guilt free. This Paleo hot chocolate is my current favorite treat for myself and my kids!


My healthy hot chocolate is a decadent drink made with a cashew milk base and sweetened with maple syrup. PLUS it is loaded with antioxidant rich raw cacao powder, cinnamon and cacao butter.

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I also like to add collagen peptides to give it a little protein boost, but if you are vegan/vegetarian or simply don’t have it on hand it is not necessary. This healthy hot chocolate is not overly sweet – I’d say its more like a semi-sweet chocolate bar instead of a milk chocolate 😉


This super easy hot chocolate recipe is dairy-free, paleo, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar free (but it still tasted amazing!).

The Secret to Extra Creamy Hot Chocolate

The secret to achieving the creamy and decadent consistency of this Paleo hot chocolate is blending it. Now you might be thinking you do not want to mess with an extra step just for hot chocolate, but hear me out!


Raw cacao butter gives this dairy-free hot chocolate a rich and creamy texture, but it needs to be thoroughly incorporated into your milk base or you will be left with oily hot chocolate.


I’ve  tried a handheld drink frother, and it’s not strong enough to do the job well. The best way to blend this hot chocolate (or any drink with a fat added!) is with an immersion blender (one of my favorite kitchen tools!).


I make this on the stove top and once the cacao butter is mostly melted, I very carefully take a stick blender to it. Make sure to use short spurts so that it doesn’t splatter everywhere, and this hot chocolate will be creamy and frothy in no time.

This hot chocolate is amazing topped with homemade marshmallows like these from The Pistachio Project.


This is a quick and easy recipe, so let’s get started!

Healthy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe

Rich and Creamy Healthy Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 cups cashew milk or other milk of your choice
  • 2 tbs maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon optional, but super delicious!
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tbs cacao butter
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides optional


  1. Add cashew milk, maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt to a pan and heat over med/low heat until hot but not boiling.

  2. Add cacao butter (and collagen if using), stir, and let melt most of the way

  3. Remove from heat. Use immersion blender to blend hot chocolate until frothy.

  4. Pour into mugs and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 2 servings

Also check out my Pumpkin Spice and Reishi Mushroom Dairy-Free Hot chocolate.


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