Hot chocolate hazelnut milk is a great dairy-free alternative to the tradition hot chocolate. It’s the perfect warm beverage to sip on during the cold winter months.
Winter is coming and hot beverage season is upon us!
Instant powder hot cocoa is a quick easy fix. However, nothing hits the spot like creamy, luxurious homemade hot chocolate.
Here’s a dairy-free hot chocolate made with hazelnut milk!
Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
Yesterday, I shared this recipe for cacao hazelnut milk.
Hazelnut milk is delicious on its own. But, it’s even better with melted chocolate.
This vegan hot chocolate is super easy to make.
Simply, heat up hazelnut milk (or nut milk of your choice) and pour it over chopped dark chocolate.
Stir until smooth. And, voila! Enjoy your mug of hot chocolate!
Over the years I’ve become a big fan of dairy-free milk alternatives.
Nut milks are my favorite, especially homemade ones in which you can control the thickness and consistency of the final product.
By altering the amount of filtered water used in making the nut milk, you can control the viscosity.
Less water means thicker, creamier nut milk. More water results with a thinner milk more similar to skim milk.
What the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?
Hot cocoa is usually made by dissolving cocoa powder and sugar in hot water (or hot milk). With the addition of sugar, it’s definitely on the sweeter side. It’s also rather thin in consistency.
Nonetheless, it’s delicious. Topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, it’s a welcome beverage for chilly weather.
Hot chocolate usually is made by heating together chopped bits of dark (or bittersweet) chocolate with milk, cream, or a mixture of both.
Typically, no additional sugar is added. It’s rich in flavor, thick in consistency, and oh so luxurious.
Like hot cocoa, it can be topped with marshmallows, whipped cream, or a shot of liquor.
Hot Chocolate Hazelnut Milk
- 2 cups cacao hazelnut milk (see notes for recipe)
- 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- pinch of fine sea salt, optional
- marshmallows, to top
- In a medium sauce pot, bring cacao hazelnut milk to a boil. Pour liquid into a medium bowl with chopped chocolates. Let sit for 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and whisk to combine until all the chocolate as melted.
- Divide among serving mugs. If desired, garnish with marshmallows. Serve warm.
- Recipe for homemade cacao hazelnut milk can be found here.
- Feel free to substitute store-bought hazelnut milk, or desired nut milk of choice.
- To ensure this is dairy-free, use high-quality dark chocolate. Check the ingredients list. Most dark chocolates with 70% cocoa solids or higher usually not contain any milk products.
Note: I used these cinnamon churro marshmallows.