Homemade hot chocolate is incredibly easy to put together and it only takes three ingredients. I prefer to keep it simple and easy. This is a no-fuss hot chocolate mix that takes just as long as the store-bought package stuff without the funny ingredients.
If hot chocolate wasn’t already delicious enough, there are all sorts of toppings you can add to make it more fun. It’s also really fun for kids (and adults 😊) to dress up their own hot chocolate. My son loves to hang a candy cane on the side of the mug and it starts to dissolve in the hot chocolate. Who wouldn’t love to try a candy cane that’s been soaking in hot chocolate?
Enhance Your Hot Chocolate
- Vanilla Extract (¼ teaspoon per serving)
- Pumpkin Spice (¼ teaspoon per serving)
- Candy Canes
- Crushed Candy Canes
- Vegan Marshmallows
- Cinnamon Stick
- Peanut Butter (1 Tablespoon per serving)
- A shot of espresso
- A dollop of coconut cream
Tips for Making Hot Chocolate
If you are making a lot of homemade hot chocolate at once method 1 will probably be a lot easier as it works better for big batches. Method 2 uses the microwave and works well for individual servings. If you choose to jazz up your hot chocolate with pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, or peanut butter, they can be added before you heat your chocolate up or after. I find that pumpkin spice and peanut butter combine better with the milk when it’s heated up and whisked. A glass measuring cup works great for the microwave for two reasons: you won’t scratch up a mug by whisking to combine ingredients and you can see the bottom and know if everything has been incorporated.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for simple homemade hot chocolate!
Homemade hot chocolate with only three simple ingredients.
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sugar
Method 1 Stove Top:
- Warm the milk to desired drinking temperature and whisk in the cocoa powder and maple syrup (or sugar), stirring occasionally until combined.
Method 2 Microwave:
- In a microwave safe mug or glass measuring cup add the milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup.
- You can lightly whisk everything together, but the cocoa powder will not mix well in cold milk. So, heat it up!
- Heat for 1 minute, then 30 second increments until you get your desired temperature. I like to stir everything in between the increments to help combine everything.
- When your desired temperature is reached whisk the milk mixture again until the cocoa powder is throughly mixed in.
- Category: Dessert, Snack
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: American