Vegan White Hot Chocolate

Marble cutting board displaying cacao butter, cinnamon sticks, and two mugs of Vegan White Hot Chocolate

This is the recipe you want in your back pocket for chilly, gloomy days or when you’re craving a healthier, comforting pick-me-up. It’s made with 8 simple (wholesome) ingredients in just 10 minutes. Let’s do this!

Marble cutting board with coconut milk, cacao butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla for making homemade Vegan White Hot Chocolate

The base starts with creamy coconut milk, either DIY or light store-bought. If you’re not into coconut, you could also sub just about any other dairy-free milk, like rice or almond!

Next comes cocoa butter, which adds not only richness but also that quintessential buttery chocolate flavor. Swoon!

Saucepan with ingredients for making Vegan White Hot Chocolate

All that’s left is maple syrup for natural sweetness, vanilla and spices for flavor, sea salt for balance, and coconut butter for even more richness. Then serve and garnish!

We topped it with our beloved coconut whipped cream, but it’s also delicious on its own. To make it boozy, add 1 ounce Kahlua or 1/2 ounce bourbon whiskey.

Scooping a spoonful of coconut whipped cream onto Vegan White Hot Chocolate for dessert

We hope you LOVE this hot chocolate! It’s:

Naturally sweetened
& SO easy to make

This would make the perfect healthier pick-me-up when you’re craving something comforting. It’s like drinking a white chocolate bar while simultaneously getting a hug. Need we say more?

If you’re into cozy beverages, also be sure to check out our Feel Good Hot Chocolate, Rooibos Apple Cider Hot Toddy, Bourbon Chili Cinnamon Hot Toddy, 5-Minute Vegan Golden Milk, and Best Vegan Matcha Latte.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Two mugs of our vegan White Hot Chocolate recipe topped with coconut milk whipped cream

Vegan White Hot Chocolate


Creamy, dreamy, naturally sweetened vegan white hot chocolate! Made with simple, wholesome ingredients in just 10 minutes. The perfect pick-me-up or gloomy-day treat.


Recipe type: Beverage, Dessert

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

Serves: 3



  • 2 1/2 cups (540 ml) coconut milk (or store-bought // use full-fat for creamier hot chocolate, or sub other dairy-free milk)
  • 1 Tbsp (13 g) chopped cocoa butter
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) maple syrup (or stevia to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp (16 g) coconut butter
  • Pinch each ground cinnamon + nutmeg (for natural sweetness and warmth)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp maca (for honeycomb / caramel flavor)
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

FOR SERVING optional


  1. To a small saucepan, add coconut milk and cocoa butter and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for a few minutes, whisking occasionally.
  2. Once melted and completely combined, remove from heat and add maple syrup, coconut butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt. Optional: Add maca for a caramely flavor and hormone-balancing benefits.
  3. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, coconut butter for buttery coconut flavor, or cocoa butter for richer chocolate flavor (heat over stovetop as needed to melt). Add vanilla last and whisk to combine.
  4. Divide between 2-3 serving glasses and top with desired garnishes, such as coconut whipped cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Best when fresh. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate based on 1/3 of the recipe calculated without optional ingredients.
*To make it boozy, add 1 ounce Kahlua or 1/2 ounce bourbon whiskey (more or less to taste).

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 (of 3 total servings) Calories: 396 Fat: 38.3 g Saturated fat: 30.8 g Carbohydrates: 8.3 g Sugar: 6.8 g Sodium: 88.7 mg Fiber: 1.1 g Protein: 2.8 g



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