A thick and creamy hot chocolate that is vegan and refined sugar-free while tasting indulgent and rich. This hot chocolate is simple to make at home for the most delicious and healthier hot chocolate.
It’s about time I added a few more drinks to my recipe archive. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know I am rather fond of a frothy matcha latte (especially with almond or oat milk) using a milk frother – they’re the best way to start the day. That said, I also love a good hot chocolate and I have been playing around with a few ways to make them really creamy and rich without making them too sickly sweet and heavy. This is my new favourite way to enjoy the chocolate-y drink: Cashew and Vanilla Hot Chocolate.
The creaminess comes from the cashew butter, the richness from the cacao powder and the sweetness from a little maple syrup and vanilla extract. The pinch of salt really offsets the sweetness, too, and works so well. Simply blitz the ingredients in a blender until smooth and then heat in a saucepan until thick and hot.
I love to add some extra frothed milk on top instead of the traditional cream, although this would also work really well for an even more indulgent tasting drink. Top with some extra cashew butter around the edge of the mug for something special extra and don’t forget the mini marshmallows, cacao nibs and extra cacao powder.
This Cashew and Vanilla Hot Chocolate really is a new favourite and only requires 6 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time. I love playing around with the nut butters here, too, as almond works really well for a nutty drink. Adding peanut butter is delightful although the flavour is more overpowering. You can try tahini for a nut-free version, and it will still be really creamy.
I hope this recipe for Cashew and Vanilla Hot Chocolate becomes your new favourite and you make it for yourself, for friends and for the family throughout the cooler months – and all year round. It is easy to make, full of healthier ingredients with healthy fats, antioxidant-rich cacao and tastes so indulgent.
Cashew and Vanilla Hot Chocolate
A thick and creamy hot chocolate that is vegan and refined sugar free while tasting indulgent and rich. This hot chocolate is simple to make at home for the most delicious and healthier hot chocolate.
- 500ml plant-based milk
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cashew butter, plus extra to serve
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and whizz until smooth.
2. Transfer the milky mixture to a small saucepan and heat gently until warmed through. Stir regularly to help it froth.
3. Serve warm with some extra cacao, marshmallows, cacao nibs and cashew butter.
I hope you will enjoy this Cashew and Vanilla Hot Chocolate so let me know what you think below. tag me in your drinks, too – I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest – please say hello!
With hot chocolate love x