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Golden Vegan Hot Chocolate

10 min


10 ingredients or less

This hot chocolate has all the deliciousness of a regular hot chocolate and is also nutritionally power-packed. Naturally sweetened with dates, and featuring anti-inflammatory properties from turmeric. It's creamy and sweet, perfect for snuggling up and enjoying any time of the year.



10 min


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Optional toppings

  • vegan whipped cream
  • foamed milk
  • chocolate shavings


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth*.
  2. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Stir continuously to prevent scorching the milk.
  3. When heated through, remove from heat, transfer into your desired cups and enjoy!


  • Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.
  • * The dates provide natural sweetness, but also add a slight graininess to the drink. For a smoother texture, use maple syrup instead and omit the blender. Simply add the ingredients to the saucepan.


  • Best enjoyed immediately.

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We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Janina - Sept. 28, 2023, 9:52 a.m.

This was AMAZING. My partner and I drank it before bed and it was sooo sooo soothing and calming. to use his quote "this is relaxation in a cup"

PUL Team - Sept. 28, 2023, 3:22 p.m.

Love a warm drink before bed 😍 thank you, Janina!

Maria - Sept. 23, 2023, 6:42 a.m.

I love this hot drink! Good to drink next to my fireplace:)

Camu - Sept. 3, 2023, 9:15 p.m.

I loved this recipe! I’m keep making it for cozy evenings!

Brandi - Aug. 28, 2023, 4:40 a.m.

Delicious x100! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It's so yummy and soothing before bed. I can't wait to make it for my family. :)

Martunia - Aug. 25, 2023, 8:48 p.m.

The spice flavor is overpowering. I added 5 dates and the drink wasn't sweet enough. Even after adding a splash of rice syrup the bitterness of cacao and spices was too strong for my liking. I hope I'll at least have a good night sleep tonight 😉

PUL Team - Aug. 26, 2023, 3:40 a.m.

Hey Martunia, we prefer Dutch-processed cocoa powder because it's sweeter in flavour and dissolves easily in liquid compared to cacao which is more bitter. We hope you'll still get a nice sleep 😃

Andrea - Aug. 25, 2023, 2:15 a.m.

This is the best hot chocolate I have ever had!! Thank you!

E - Aug. 23, 2023, 1:15 a.m.

This was quite the delightful surprise! Definitely is going into my recipe collection!

suzana - Aug. 17, 2023, 3:28 p.m.

i Find this site very helpfull . Tried to make dishes from learning this website . Also give good instruction with measurement of ingredients which is good for make the dish more tasty and delightful .

PUL Team - Aug. 18, 2023, 7:44 a.m.

Thanks for the lovely feedback, Suzana 😃

Anita - Aug. 17, 2023, 12:50 p.m.

Delicious, we added more milk as we used mugs. The spices are a great touch to upgrade a normal hot chocolate.

Sara - Aug. 14, 2023, 3:09 a.m.

My husband and I made this to to enjoy this evening. So delicious and creamy, we loved the flavor!
Looking forward to another tomorrow!

PUL Team - Aug. 14, 2023, 3:21 a.m.

Yayyy so happy the vegan hot chocolate was enjoyed, Sara, thank you!

nymui - Aug. 8, 2023, 5:37 a.m.

Thanks for sharing this one - I loved it so much I already prepped a whole jar of the spices to be able to make it on a fly whenever I feel like it. It is so calming to unwind with a nice hot cup of that in the evening.

PUL Team - Aug. 9, 2023, 12:59 a.m.

Yayy so happy the golden hot chocolate is being enjoyed, Nymui, thank you ☺️

Lena - July 22, 2023, 2:45 a.m.

Wow soooo creamy!!! Love it!

noreen - July 19, 2023, 5:53 p.m.

I’ve made this two days in a row now, it’s soooo comforting even thought it’s summer. I can definitely see this as my regular autumn/winter beverage.

Thank you for this recipe ! 😊

PUL Team - July 24, 2023, 1:13 a.m.

Yayyy thank you, Noreen!

Macy Hornosky - June 30, 2023, 9:22 p.m.

So good and flavorful. I added honey instead of dates.

Anushka WalsePatil - June 14, 2023, 12:07 a.m.

Absolutely loved this and so it my boyfriend! The cinnamon and vanilla essence flavour came out so nicely!

Wallace Swanson - May 1, 2023, 8:18 p.m.

Very tasty I was curious to see if the turmeric flavor would come out. It didn’t. I also added coffee to my cup. All and all it is a nice addition to my morning and possibly my evening routine as cacao in a warm drink before bed sounds like something to relax with, plus I was just reading about dates being good for colon health

PUL Team - May 2, 2023, 12:13 a.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Wallace, thank you!

Stephanie - March 27, 2023, 7:23 a.m.

Just tried making this, it’s definitely hit the sweet spot I was craving. I’d make this again for sure!! Thank you for the simple recipe!

PUL Team - March 28, 2023, 7:08 a.m.

Aw so happy to hear, Stephanie, thank you!

Lilla - Nov. 19, 2022, 5:21 p.m.

I was just looking for a basic hot chocolate recipe and thought “yes, this will do” but ooooh my god, was i surprised. It turned out yummy and creamy, and it’s definitely my go to hot chocolate from now on! :)

PUL Team - Nov. 20, 2022, 6:56 p.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear, Lilla! Thank you 🤗

Nina - Oct. 11, 2022, 4:58 p.m.

Comfort in a cup. Hot chocolate is very rich and creamy.

PUL Team - Oct. 11, 2022, 11:06 p.m.

Thank you, Nina!

Mariana - Sept. 12, 2022, 9:56 a.m.

This was delicious!! ✨

Susi - Dec. 7, 2021, 8:11 p.m.

I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was and it was a very light hot chocolate which was so enjoyable. ⛄️
I highly recommend adding the suggested pepper.

PUL Team - Dec. 8, 2021, 3:14 a.m.

So happy to hear, Susi! Indeed - we the love pepper in this one 😊

Sarah - Aug. 11, 2021, 6:56 p.m.

This is my favourite beverage! I drink it hot and cold :) I'm not a coffee fan and so this is "my" version of ice cacao. Nevertheless I would love some ice cacao recipes!
Your work and website is stunning and because of you I turned vegan. Pick up limes inspires me so much! Thank you for all!
Lots of love from Austria!

PUL Team - Aug. 12, 2021, 1:51 a.m.

Aww you're too kind, Sarah! Thank YOU for the glowing review and support - it means so much. Hugs to Austria 🤗

Hannah - July 8, 2021, 5:53 p.m.

One of my all-time favorites! I seriously drink this all the time during the fall and winter. Sometimes I'll throw a shot or two of espresso in as well. It's the perfect afternoon pick me up in the colder months.

PUL Team - July 9, 2021, 9:41 p.m.

Oo love the addition of espresso, Hannah! Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us ✨😃