Almond milk hot chocolate is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional hot chocolate. Made with almond milk, which is low in calories and high in nutrients, this creamy and rich beverage is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant or looking for a vegan-friendly option.
With a warm and comforting flavor, almond milk hot chocolate is a guilt-free indulgence that can be enjoyed any time of day. Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply warm up on a chilly day, this tasty drink is sure to please.
This almond milk hot chocolate is a creamy beverage made with just 4 key ingredients! No dairy needed, it’s EASY and affordable, and secretly low calorie! During the cooler months, there is nothing better than a warm and comforting beverage to fill you right up. If I’m not making a pumpkin spice latte or almond milk eggnog, I’m making this almond milk hot chocolate.
Gone are the days when the only dairy-free milk option would be soy milk. These days, almond milk is a standard option at almost all cafes and restaurants. The one downside is the cost attached to it- I am yet to find somewhere that does NOT charge an added fee to have your beverage made with almond milk.
Luckily, you can easily make your almond milk drinks at home. While I love myself a latte, when the sweet cravings strike, I love a cozy hot chocolate made with almond milk!
Why This Almond Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe Will Best?
Stovetop or microwave. You can either make this beverage over the stovetop or an even quicker method, in the microwave!
Better than a pre-packaged hot cocoa mix. Skip the preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and dairy additives. This homemade version tastes so much better, too!
Perfect hot or cold. Okay, this might be an oxymoron but blame Starbucks for it- Serve this hot chocolate over ice for the ultimate Starbucks copycat iced beverage…minus the price tag and dairy!
What I love about this recipe is just how affordable and easy it is to make. You don’t need any fancy ingredients and you DON’T need the ridiculous costs too. Make one at home in seconds and pair it with some coffee cake for the ultimate afternoon treat!
Can You Make Almond Milk Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate made with almond milk is perhaps the best way to enjoy hot cocoa, minus the dairy! Here is what you’ll need to make it.
Almond Milk Hot Chocolate Ingredients
Cocoa powder– Unsweetened cocoa powder. For a richer flavor, you can use dark cocoa powder.
Sugar– White or brown sugar.
Salt– Just a pinch to balance out the sweet ingredients.
Boiling water– To dissolve the dry ingredients and form a thin ‘syrup’.
Almond milk– Unsweetened almond milk. If you use vanilla almond milk, you can omit the vanilla extract.
Vanilla extract– Any recipe calling for cocoa powder MUST have some vanilla extract in it.
Start by adding the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and boiling water into a small saucepan and placing it over medium heat. Once it boils, reduce it to a simmer. Slowly add in the almond milk while whisking vigorously. Once it is fully incorporated, add the vanilla extract and let it simmer for another five minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour it into glasses. Add some marshmallows, whipped cream, or grated chocolate, and enjoy immediately. Almond Butter Substitute Could be a Nut Butter Alternative.
Can I Make Almond Milk Hot Chocolate Low-Calorie?
For low-calorie hot chocolate, replace the white sugar with a zero-calorie sugar alternative, like a brown sugar substitute. With these changes, each serving of hot chocolate (one cup/250 ml) yields just 38 calories! You can also get more from this video.
Tips to Make The Best Recipe
For the creamiest and smoothest beverage, use an almond milk barista blend. This almond milk has been specially formulated for hot beverages to ensure they never curdle or separate.
You can skip the stovetop method and simply prepare everything in the mug and microwave it for 1-2 minutes until hot. Be sure to whisk vigorously before drinking.
For an iced hot chocolate, pour the prepared hot chocolate over the ice. You can read more about the Make Creamy Honey Almond Butter Spread Recipe.
Storing and Reheating Instructions
To store: Prepared hot chocolate should be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.
To reheat: Either microwave the beverage for 30-40 seconds or in a small saucepan over the stove. Be sure to whisk everything together very well, to ensure there is no separation.
Variety of Toppings Ideas
By adding a variety of different toppings, you can further personalize this drink. A splash of whipped cream and a handful of mini Marshmallows is my favorite.
Some other ideas include Sprinkles, Coconut Shavings, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, or caramel drizzle. A few sea salt flakes taste awesome too.
Peppermint extract or candy canes, crushed peanut butter, or oreo cookies taste great too.
If you make this Almond Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe do let us know how you like it by star rating it and leaving a comment below.
This homemade recipe yields just 75 calories per hot chocolate. This is using unsweetened almond milk and white sugar. For a low-calorie hot chocolate, replace the white sugar with a sugar substitute and each hot chocolate will have just 38 calories.
Almond, soy, and oat milk are all fantastic milk alternatives for hot chocolate. Coconut milk also works very well, especially for a keto hot chocolate.
You can boil almond milk but certain brands curdle or separate it when mixed with other ingredients (like cocoa powder). To ensure this doesn’t happen, always use a barista blend or a good quality almond milk brand, like Blue Diamond.