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Peppermint hot chocolate in a white cup topped with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.

Vegan Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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  • Author: Veronika | thehealthfulideas
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


A delicious cup of warming creamy hot chocolate with vegan whipped cream and crushed candy cane. 


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  1. Pour the almond milk into a small pot and bring to a soft boil over medium-high heat. As soon as it begins to boil, take it off the heat. Add the maple syrup, cacao powder, chocolate chips, and peppermint extract. Whisk or stir until it’s all combined and the chocolate chips are melted. 
  2. Bring back to a simmer for 1 minute. This will thicken it slightly. Take off heat and use a handheld milk frother to froth the hot chocolate. Alternatively, you can pour it into a blender and blend for a few seconds to froth (be very careful as it’s very hot).
  3. Pour into a cup, top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane if desired. Enjoy!


Crushed candy cane: Place your candy canes in a ziplock bag and close letting all the air out. Place it on a wooden cutting board and carefully crush it using a kitchen mallet or a small hammer. Be careful, it doesn't take much strength to do this.

Substitutes for maple syrup: coconut sugar, date sugar, agave, stevia, or erythritol

Other optional toppings: vegan marshmallows, cinnamon, chocolate sauce, or whipped cream with chocolate shavings