It took me about 4 years as a vegan to realize that I can make hot chocolate at home just as easily as I used to with that pre-made instant hot chocolate stuff— no stove top or dirty pots required! And it takes all of 3 minutes to do, with no fancy ingredients. If you have a mug and a microwave, you can make hot chocolate about as easily as making a cup of tea.
It’ll take a couple tries to get into the rhythm of it but I promise you, it will be the easiest thing in the world once you get the technique down.
The only real trick to is is learning to dissolve cocoa in boiling water. But that’s an important kitchen skill that’s worth investing some time in anyway. It’s just a matter of getting a feel for how dry ingredients dissolve best in very small amounts of liquids (even if you have to add more liquid in the next step!) So give it a try and see how it works for you.
DIY Vegan Instant Hot Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon fair-trade, sustainably produced cocoa powder
- 1-2 tablespoons boiling water
- 3/4 cup plant-based milk preferably a "barista blend"
- Boil a small bit of water in a kettle, less than you’d use for a single cup of tea. You’ll only need a splash.
- Scoop about 1 tbsp cocoa into your favourite mug.
- Slowly pour about 1 tbsp boiling water into the cocoa. Mix carefully with a spoon, smooshing any clumps into the sides of the mug til you have a smooth, rich chocolate mixture. If it’s pasty, add a bit more water, but only a little.
- Slowly stir in any plant-based milk til the mug is full, preferably a “barista blend.”
- Microwave your mug for about a minute, giving it a stir to be sure it’s warm through.
- Add a spoonful of maple syrup or vanilla sugar, maybe a pinch of salt or cinnamon. Or be wild and go for all of the above! Enjoy!
And there you are, one perfect cup of hot chocolate, no extra dishes or fuss, three minutes tops. Think of all the money you’ll save on buying instant hot cocoa. Use those dollars for buying sustainably-produced fair-trade cocoa instead!