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Simple Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

Simple Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa! A dairy-free hot cocoa recipe that uses hemp milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and cocoa.  Tastes just as delicious as regular hot cocoa, and is ready in the microwave in less than 5 minutes.  Paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Sugar-Free, Vegan
Keyword: cardamom, cinnamon, creamy, easy, hot chocolate, hot cocoa, no milk, no refined sugar, simple
Servings: 3 people
Author: Julie Rosenthal


  • microwave


  • 1 cup hemp seed milk
  • 1 ¼ cup spring water
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp granulated stevia powder
  • 1 pinch granulated stevia powder


  • Blender together all ingredients in a high-speed blender until foamy.
  • Pour hot cocoa mixture into cups and microwave for 1 ½ minutes, covered
  • Let cool and serve.


  • I highly recommend making your own hemp seed milk because it will be much creamier than store-bought.
  • To make your own hemp seed milk check out my recipe How To Make Easy Hemp Milk and only use the first two ingredients.
  • If the mixture is too thick and chocolatey for your liking you can add more water. It is totally delicious both ways.
  • You can always sub the hemp milk for cashew milk, almond milk, coconut milk, Tigernut milk, or other non-dairy milk.
  • Remember!  Choose unsweetened milk if you are on a sugar-free or Candida diet.
  • And if you want it to be sweeter you can either add more Stevia, or add a different type of sugar like coconut sugar, or raw sugar.
  • Remember if you are on the Candida diet do not add additional sugar other than Stevia.
  • My favorite brand of powdered stevia is by SweetLeaf.