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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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Olivia - July 7, 2024, 3:16 p.m.

I’ve added a dash of salt and some chilli flakes.
I used dark chocolate (not powder) too.
It was delicious! I’ll definitely make it again and again.
Thank you Sadia 💕

PUL Team - July 7, 2024, 8:20 p.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Olivia, thank you for sharing your experience with the hot chocolate 🙌

Joan - June 2, 2024, 2:50 a.m.

This is absolutely delicious!
Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

Keet - May 29, 2024, 11:12 a.m.

Such a yummy comfort drink! 😋 Was wondering if its possible to make an iced version of this without diluting the flavour?

PUL Team - May 29, 2024, 3:20 p.m.

Hey Keet, we haven't tested it, though imagine it would work! We would suggest only doing step 1 and skipping the heating step. Add ice cubes, or if you are concerned about diluting the drink, you could use frozen plant-milk as ice cubes, or even frozen coffee ice cubes, instead. Enjoy 🤗

Aneika - May 9, 2024, 10:07 a.m.

Thank you for sharing your relationship with food with us. I’m drinking this recipe right now :)

Nikky - April 29, 2024, 1:38 a.m.

Loved this one! It’s so yummy and not overly sweet!

Patawee Boontanondha - April 13, 2024, 2:18 p.m.

Love this recipe

MaeAnn Jenkins - March 28, 2024, 1:59 a.m.

Loved it

MaeAnn Jenkins - March 28, 2024, 1:59 a.m.

Yum 😋

Sravani YK - March 16, 2024, 1:31 p.m.

I really enjoy this recipe, especially in the winters! Plus who doesn’t love chocolate and some spices 😉

Mahi Perera - March 13, 2024, 2:02 p.m.

This was such a cosy and comforting drink. Perfect to wind down in the night! ❤️

Erin Rappa - March 2, 2024, 9:42 p.m.

Yummy! It was a perfect thing to make on a cold rainy day. 😀 Thank you.

Brittney - Feb. 26, 2024, 9 p.m.

Delicious ❤️

Aby - Feb. 11, 2024, 2:18 a.m.

Love it

Kris - Jan. 21, 2024, 6:07 p.m.

I love, love, love your videos & recipes! I've made this recipe before & it's absolutely delicious! I like Christina's idea of putting the dry ingredients together & wondered if I could put powdered vanilla in this recipe instead of liquid. Do you think that would that work & about how much should I use? Thanks so much!!!

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2024, 11:04 p.m.

Hey Kris, aw thanks for sharing the love and for your support 🥰 You can substitute powdered vanilla for the liquid version, though keep in mind it can add a bit of a grainy texture. We'd recommend starting with around 1/2 a teaspoon of powdered vanilla for two servings and adjusting the recipe to your taste preferences. Enjoy!

Shayda - Jan. 8, 2024, 5:30 a.m.

Decadent and mood-enhancing! Absolutely love it! In the recipe it doesn’t specify how much maple syrup to sub for the dates, can you please let me know? I used measurements based off of the Golden Milk recipe. Thank you!

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2024, 7:29 a.m.

Hey there, Shayda, medjool dates are quite sweet. We'd say one date is equivalent to about one tablespoon of maple syrup. Since the recipe calls for 3 Medjool dates for 2 servings, you could start with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and then add more to taste 🤗

Shayda - Jan. 10, 2024, 4:30 a.m.

That sounds great, thank you for clarifying! 🤗

Christina - Jan. 7, 2024, 1:48 a.m.

This is so yum. Thick, rich, creamy. I already am planning to mix up a jar of the dry ingredients for a quick mug. Thank you!

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2024, 6:34 a.m.

A lovely idea, Christina, thank you! Enjoy the Golden Hot Chocolate 🤗

Joy - Jan. 31, 2024, 7:39 p.m.

Hi Christina, I love your Idea! If you use Oatmilk Powder (or any other plantmilk powder you like), it becomes a "just add water" type of drink that one can even take to work or camping ;)

Rita - Jan. 3, 2024, 6:23 p.m.

Our most favourite hot chocolate of all 😋

Rojin - Dec. 13, 2023, 11:44 p.m.

It‘s really yummy 😋

Greeshma Jayan - Dec. 8, 2023, 1:55 p.m.

I tried this right now and its fab;;;

Ash - Dec. 6, 2023, 2:43 p.m.

Since seeing the YT video, this has become my go-to cold weather drink. It’s delicious!

Chrysiida - Dec. 3, 2023, 2:13 p.m.

I don't know how to describe this, but after trying the other hot chocolate recipes on the app, this one tastes more spice-y? Like it feels a bit earthy (?) because the chocolate flavour wasn't that strong. It was quite unexpected and a nice change!

Raschel - Dec. 2, 2023, 8:09 p.m.

I am now a hot chocolate fan! I made this using Oatmilk and dates. So creamy and well balanced in flavor.

PUL Team - Dec. 2, 2023, 9:56 p.m.

Whoop whoop! Welcome to team hot chocolate, Raschel 😇

Margarida - Nov. 15, 2023, 10:26 p.m.

My boyfriend made this for me and it was incredible! I was a bit sceptical about the turmeric at first but it adds a lovely flavour to the hot chocolate. Love it!

PUL Team - Nov. 16, 2023, 11:01 p.m.

Aw how sweet of your boyfriend! Thanks, Margarida ☺️

Girlfriend - March 15, 2024, 1:10 p.m.

"Aw how sweet of your boyfriend! Thanks, Margarida ☺️" PUL Team
Is this a joke? I don't know which member of PUL wrote this, but this is disgusting. It's horrible that this behavior is expected of girlfriends and never praised, but when one boyfriend once does anything for his girlfriend, we are in awe and should share it on social media, how awesome he is, but girlfriends are supposed to do this all the time and be quiet about it.

PUL Team - March 15, 2024, 8:56 p.m.

Hey there! We intended to express appreciation for the gesture, rather than who it was and who the person receiving it was. We value all acts of kindness and support regardless of who they come from, and would have said the same if the roles were reversed too 💛

kse - Nov. 10, 2023, 9:05 p.m.

LOVE IT!! It's like a healthy hot chocolate but it makes me even more happier hahahaha perfect for cold weather 🍂❤️

PUL Team - Nov. 11, 2023, 11:03 p.m.

Hehe hot chocolate in cold weather is just the best 🥰 thanks, Kse!

Lorena - Nov. 8, 2023, 2:08 a.m.

How much maple syrup should we add instead of the dates?

PUL Team - Nov. 8, 2023, 10:48 a.m.

Hey Lorena, medjool dates are quite sweet. I'd say one date is equivalent to about one tablespoon of maple syrup. Since your recipe calls for 3 Medjool dates, you could start with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and then add more to taste.

Victoria - Oct. 13, 2023, 1:19 a.m.

Yum!! My husband and I loved this cozy recipe for our sweet tooth at night. Thank you so much, Sadia

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 ✨😃