It’s The Most Wonderful… Festive Spiced Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe

by Charlie

There is a special place in my heart for a good vegan hot chocolate

I don’t often order a hot chocolate when I’m out, however, I love a silky smooth cup of homemade vegan hot chocolate much later on in the evening. The ideal time for cocoa is just as my eyes are starting to feel heavy, it’s cold outside, and I’m finishing off an episode of something or other on telly. The perfect hot chocolate is like a warm, comforting hug that sends me off to bed.

Recently, since it’s gotten colder here, I’ve been experimenting with adding a pinch of spice to my hot chocolates, which can really add some heat. It’s not for everyone, I know Freya prefers to just have the aromatic spices like turmeric and cinnamon and leave out the chilli. It’s the aromatic spices that give the drink most of its flavour anyway. Maybe I’m just a chilli addict, but I love the extra heat! If you’re more into spice like me, I’d recommend getting a bit experimental and giving it a go. Starting with just a little pinch and adding in more each time until you’ve got your perfect flavour.

A pinch of spice in your vegan hot chocolate?

We’re sharing two recipes today, one of which is my spicy cocoa and the other is Freya’s aromatic vegan hot chocolate. In my recipe, I’ve added a pinch of hot chilli spice, which is what I’ve found to be my perfect blend. It adds that kind of spicy heat to the vegan hot chocolate that lingers for a moment at the back of your throat. We do have quite a potent chilli powder in our kitchen, which is why I’m timid with it.

The other spices that we add are ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. These three work so well together, without overwhelming the chocolate, to create a delicious mug of hot cocoa. To make it extra rich and silky smooth we’ve also grated in a small block of chocolate. Our milk of choice has to be unsweetened oat milk, but any unsweetened plant milk works well. If you’re into Nutella, then another milk that would work great would be hazelnut milk. You can get it from bigger supermarkets usually; Alpro, Innocent and Rude Health are a few companies that make it.

I hope this recipe brings you as much warmth and joy as it brings me! If you like festive drinks you may also want to check out our recipe for White Russians.

Winter Spiced Vegan Hot Chocolate

Extra rich and silky smooth, this vegan hot chocolate is made either with or without a pinch of chilli. Ideal for those colder evenings!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 540kcal


Freya's Aromatic Hot Chocolate

  • 600 ml Milk
  • 4 tbsp Grated Chocolate
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric

Charlie's Spicy hot chocolate

  • 600 ml Oat Milk
  • 4 tbsp Grated Chocolate
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 pinch Chilli Powder


  • squirty cream
  • mini marshmallows
  • cinnamon stick
  • grated chocolate


  • Use the ingredients for either Freya's Aromatic Hot Chocolate or Charlie's Spicy hot chocolate
  • Place all the ingredients into a saucepan over low heat.
  • Using a whisk, combine all the ingredients making sure to get into the corners to ensure there are no dry clumps
  • Continuing to stir, bring the chocolate milk up to heat until you see it begin to steam and gently bubble, but before it begins boils
  • remove from the heat and pour into your mugs
  • Tip with a spiral of squirty cream, and dress with a cinnamon stick, mini marshmallows and grated chocolate


*calories are estimated per serving (not inclusive of toppings)

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