3-Ingredient Vegan Hot Cocoa DIY

Here it is – my go-to homemade hot chocolate that’s way better (and healthier) than any packaged mix you’ll find at the store.

I just love cute, thrifty gifts! Which is how this hot cocoa powder mix came to be.

I wanted to gift my friends and family something they would actually use – because in the past I’ve made them gifts that sat idly away in a cupboard or closet somewhere, never used.

Hot cocoa is a crowd favourite, and something that is so easy to make. Plus, it keeps for ages, so can be stored away in the pantry ready for when a craving for something warm and chocolatey arises.

I sent a little care package to my fam via post (as I couldn’t be there in person this Christmas), consisting of a few jars of this hot cocoa powder blend, a candle for my twin sister (one she loves), some Buderim dried ginger for my dad (he LOVES it), and a vintage postcard with a little note and the recipe for this cocoa powder written on the back.

My hamper package; filled with hot cocoa powder, some cosy mugs and a jar of dried pineapple. I wrote a little note and the recipe on the back of a postcard, then used some twine to tie it to one of the cocoa jars.

They loved it!

Plastic-free, easy to make, cheap and usable!

What are some of the easy thriftable gifts you’ve either received or given before?

For this hot cocoa, all you need are a few simple ingredients:

I source all my ingredients from The Source Bulk Foods to keep the process plastic-free, plus organic. I store my cocoa drink powder in a glass jar so no plastic chemicals leach into the powder, either.

You can even add some vanilla extract to “bring out the flavour of the chocolate,” or give your hot cocoa a minty hint by adding in a drop or two of peppermint extract.

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I couldn’t fine any plastic packaging-free marshmallows to top the hot cocoa powder mix with, so I bought some chocolate truffles from The Source Bulk Foods to place on top, as a treat to have with the hot cocoa.

3-Ingredient Vegan Hot Cocoa Mix

Creamy perfection is just 3-ingredients away…


  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar, powdered
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup vegan mini marshmallows (optional)

Toppings Optional

To make:

  1. In a high speed blender, add the chocolate chips, cocoa powder and coconut sugar and blend until a fine powder forms. This make enough for two 16oz mason jars.
  2. Fill your jar(s) 3/4 full with the hot cocoa powder mix, then top with marshmallows (optional), seal tightly and either gift to loved ones or store in your pantry.
  3. To make the hot cocoa; add 1 cup of almond milk to a saucepan set over medium heat. Once the milk is warm, add hot cocoa powder mix and whisk to combine. Continue heating on stovetop until the powder has combined with the milk, and the milk has reached your desired temperature (don’t overheat).
  4. Pour hot cocoa into your favourite mug, add in a little vanilla extract (optional) and stir to combine, then top with some coconut whipped cream and grated chocolate.
Delicious, creamy, chocolatey hot cocoa topped with some coconut whipped cream and grated chocolate.

DIY vegan hot cocoa tutorial

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Have you made your own hot cocoa powder before? How was it? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa