Paleo Vegan Hot Chocolate

This paleo vegan hot chocolate is ultra rich, creamy and date-sweetened. Honestly tastes just as delicious as a more traditional recipe! Can also be made GAPS and AIP-friendly.

That up there is my first video ever. I reshot it four times and spent about 30 hours editing it. All for 67 seconds. :D I hope my future videos will take a fraction of that time! A video for such an easy recipe probably wasn’t necessary but I thought I’d start with something simple.

So. Has anyone made the paleo chocolate marshmallows I posted on Monday?! If not, you’ll want to get on that because they’re just so perfect for this hot chocolate.

The hot chocolate recipe I posted last year, this ultimate hot chocolate, is a bit different. It’s just chocolate + evaporated milk or coconut milk for the vegan / paleo version. Definitely not healthy. But it’s sooo good that I usually don’t care.

This paleo vegan hot chocolate is ultra rich, creamy and date-sweetened. Honestly tastes just as delicious as a more traditional recipe! Also GAPS and AIP-friendly.

Things are different right now, though. I’m on a super strict diet and can only eat fruit, vegetables (except for starchy ones like potatoes) and meat. No grains, dairy, nuts, legumes, starches, sugar and so on. If you’re familiar with different diets, I’m doing GAPS + AIP combined.

Before I started the diet, I prepared blog recipes for the upcoming several months so don’t fear – the dessert recipes aren’t going anywhere. :)

So this hot chocolate is a little different than your standard vegan hot chocolate recipe! It seems like they usually use almond milk + some kind of starch to thicken the hot chocolate. Or cashews. Or several other things – all of which I can’t have at the moment!

So mine uses dates + coconut milk (or another type of milk, if you’d like). This isn’t a low-calorie drink but with just dates, coconut milk, cocoa powder and vanilla, I think this version is totally guilt-free. As long as you don’t drink too much. ;) And I love that it doesn’t taste coconutty at all.

This paleo vegan hot chocolate is ultra rich, creamy and date-sweetened. Honestly tastes just as delicious as a more traditional recipe! GAPS and AIP-friendly.

I can’t guarantee it’ll be the same with every brand of coconut milk but with the store-brand coconut milk I use, this tastes totally like a regular, dairy-filled hot chocolate. But richer. If you find it a bit too much for you, just add a little water until it’s thin enough for your liking!

January 2017 update: I tried this with regular (non-Dutch process) cocoa powder and it wasn’t nearly as chocolaty and you could taste the coconut milk. I actually had to add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and that threw everything off. Definitely go with Dutch-process cocoa powder!

If you use a high-powered blender and blend it for about a minute, the dates are totally obliterated. I don’t think that’d happen in a food processor. You could try soaking the dates in boiling water, draining them and then using a food processor to make this recipe, but it’s just an untested idea. I’m thinking it wouldn’t work in a regular blender, either.

I used regular pitted dates but if you want to use Medjool dates, you can use those. Use the same amount in grams.

Next time, I’m going to add some mint leaves to the blender for a mint chocolate variation. I’m thinking a little almond extract would also be awesome! Or cinnamon. Or Kahlua! Or basically, anything that goes well with chocolate. :)

More great paleo vegan holiday treats!

  • Vegan Paleo Lemon Cookies {grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}
  • This paleo chocolate fudge frosting only uses four ingredients and is also vegan! It takes 5 minutes to make, holds up perfectly at room temperature, and can be piped.
  • Paleo Vegan Pumpkin Pie {grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}
  • Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies – super rich, soft and chewy just like a regular double chocolate cookie! Nobody will know these are paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Paleo Vegan Hot Chocolate (GAPS, AIP-friendly)

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Paleo Vegan Hot Chocolate
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  • Yield: 2 servings

Please see the notes below for the AIP + GAPS options!


  • 1 14-ounce (400-milliliter) can coconut milk (I used full-fat – if you don't want to use coconut milk, you can use whatever type of milk you'd like but note that the hot chocolate will be less thick)
  • 100 grams pitted dates (that's about 16 - 18 dates regular-sized dates – if you use Mejdool, you'll need a lot fewer)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder1 or carob powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder / bean scrapings
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (I like things salty and use 1/4 teaspoon)
  • paleo chocolate marshmallows for serving (not vegan)


  1. Place the dates, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder or carob powder, vanilla, salt and coconut milk in a high-powered blender (I haven't tried this in a food processor). Blend for about 1 minute and add additional cocoa / carob, to taste. I like using 1 tablespoon cocoa powder for a lighter chocolaty taste but 2 tablespoons would be more suitable for dark chocolate lovers. With carob powder, I actually like 2 tablespoons.
  2. Once totally blended and no chunks of dates remain, heat until hot and steamy. Taste and if it's too rich for you, add some water (or almond milk or whatever you'd like). Serve! Reheats very well.


  1. I tried this with regular (non-Dutch process) cocoa powder and it wasn't nearly as chocolaty and you could taste the coconut milk. I actually had to add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and that threw everything off. Definitely go with Dutch-process cocoa powder!
  • For AIP: Use carob powder. Vanilla powder / bean scrapings are elimination-phase legal (read more here).
  • For GAPS: Cocoa powder is GAPS-legal once you're on the full diet and don't have any digestive symptoms. Read here for more info. I also use vanilla bean scrapings but it looks like pure vanilla extract (with just vanilla beans + vodka) is legal.

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49 comments on “Paleo Vegan Hot Chocolate” — Add one!

  • Holly
    January 4, 2020 @ 3:01 am

    O.M.Gosh. Best hot cocoa ever. Holy cow this is so good. I have tried so many different recipes and so many different things to get my Coco nice and thick and rich. Leave it to you Erin. You are my go to for so many delicious things these days. So glad I found you. Your baby is too cute btw. I was scanning through your recipes for something and ran into a post where his picture was. Love it!

    • Erin replies to Holly
      January 4, 2020 @ 8:40 pm

      Haha, yay! I’m thrilled to hear this. Sometimes people say this recipe is too thick and rich and I’m just like, “WHAT?! This is what all hot chocolate should taste like!” :D Thanks for the feedback and nice comment about my kid. :)

  • Rebecca says
    January 1, 2019 @ 5:44 pm

    I used about 3/4 almond milk to 1/4 coconut milk and added a dash of vanilla and salt. It was amazing!

    • Erin replies to Rebecca
      January 2, 2019 @ 9:17 pm

      Awesome! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it and that almond milk works well, too. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Lisa V. says
    November 29, 2018 @ 5:34 pm

    Hi, I ran across your blog and I will try this for the Christmas season coming up. what brand of coconut milk do you use? thank you!

    • Erin replies to Lisa V.
      December 2, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

      Hi there! I’m sorry for just now seeing your question. I live in Germany and use a store-brand here so I’m afraid I’m no help. Just make sure to use a brand without added junk in it. It should just be coconut or coconut + water! Hope you’ll enjoy the hot chocolate. :)

  • Jineen says
    December 6, 2017 @ 7:43 pm

    Just now seeing this recipe. It sounds delicious! Wondering if you think raw cacao powder would work in place of the cocoa? (I want to try those chocolate marshmallows too!)

    • Erin replies to Jineen
      December 8, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

      Thanks! I think it would work fine. I just prefer the taste of Dutch-process cocoa powder in this hot chocolate. :) Hope you’ll enjoy it and the marshmallows! And sorry for my slow reply.

  • sandy
    December 5, 2017 @ 6:29 pm

    Good Gracious! How am I supposed to make good choices when you post recipes like this!?
    I don’t have a high powered blender so i sent it through my “Ninja”. As expected I had a lot of date chunks in the bottom, so I just poured it through a sieve.
    Holy COW! This is so ridiculously delicious! Thank you!!
    (I used 6 medjool dates and it was perfect!!)

    • Erin replies to sandy
      December 8, 2017 @ 5:50 pm

      Haha. Well it’s not the worst choice to make! ;) I’m so happy you enjoyed it. It’s good to know that a Ninja works – thanks for the tip! I’m sure that’ll help some others out. Thanks for your comment and sorry for my slow reply!

  • Kayla says
    January 3, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

    Have you found any recipes that you CAN have on AIP + GAPS that satisfy your sweet tooth craving, besides the hot cocoa marshmallows? 🤗 I’m starting something similar (it’s a SIBO Bi-Phasic Diet that will led into a mix of AIP and GAPS) and am trying to come up with a vault of recipes that will help me get through!

    • Erin replies to Kayla
      January 3, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

      I’ve been inhaling dried mangos and dried sour cherries to satisfy my sweet tooth. :/ And I’ve made this hot chocolate a ridiculous number of times. All because the GAPS + AIP desserts I’ve tried are just not good. Most definitely not worth posting! There are loads of great GAPS desserts and AIP desserts, but the problem is the combination of both. I’m working on turning this hot chocolate into chocolate mousse, so at least there’s that. ;) I’m also working on a cookie recipe based on coconut butter. Good luck with your diet!

  • Sheri Mulroe says
    December 22, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

    Ok, this is serious goodness! I made the recipe as written except I didn’t put as many dates in and it’s awesome. Oh, I also added a bit of water to thin the cocoa out. I made the marshmallows too. I would post a picture but I don’t see how to do it. Thx so much!

    • Erin replies to Sheri Mulroe
      December 22, 2016 @ 11:56 pm

      Aww, yay! I love that you made the marshmallows, too! I’d love to see a picture if you want to upload it to the Facebook post for this recipe here. Thanks a bunch for your feedback! I really appreciate it. :)

  • Miranda
    December 17, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    The video turned out so great! It was well worth the 30 hours :)

  • Sarah says
    December 14, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

    Wishing I had made this but I do have marshmallows on my list to make before Christmas!

  • Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny says
    December 13, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

    I love everything about this! The hot chocolate and those amazing looking marshmallows!!

  • Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says
    December 12, 2016 @ 6:28 am

    This looks great – love the idea to add mint leaves too!

  • Kathy says
    December 11, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    Yummy looking hot cocoa and very professional looking video. Brava!

    • Erin replies to Kathy
      December 11, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much! I hope you get the chance to try it out. :)

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    December 11, 2016 @ 1:46 am

    This looks so perfect! I love the idea of adding mint leaves, too.

    • Erin replies to Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
      December 12, 2016 @ 11:28 pm

      I just realized peppermint oil would work, too, but ah well. At least they add color? ;)

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    December 11, 2016 @ 12:33 am

    Healthy or now, I want a huge mug of this right now and those marshmallows. This is happening soon.

  • Jen @ The Weary Chef says
    December 10, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

    I love your video! :D This is an amazing drink for winter! So comforting!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate
    December 10, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    This hot chocolate looks INSANELY delicious! I love how rich it is with the coconut milk. This is definitely something that’ll go down easy, especially for those of us who can’t enjoy a regular hot chocolate because of all that dairy. ;)

  • Becca | Two Places at Once says
    December 10, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

    Fabulous video!! My first (and only so far) took about the same and it’s only 30 seconds! Great recipe…thanks for sharing!

    • Erin replies to Becca | Two Places at Once
      December 12, 2016 @ 11:29 pm

      Thanks so much! And aww. I’m happy I’m not alone! I’m going to go look for your video now because I’m curious. :D

  • carrie @ frugal foodie mama says
    December 10, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

    This looks so thick & creamy! I love that you used dates in this recipe. :)

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
    December 10, 2016 @ 4:13 am

    Whoa, that looks perfect! And I’ve never heard of paleo marshmallows, so thanks for that introduction!

  • Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie says
    December 9, 2016 @ 11:08 pm

    This hot chocolate looks fantastic, especially with those marshmallows!

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic says
    December 9, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

    Yeah…so I accidentally ordered not one, but TWO 2-lb. bags of medjool dates and I’ve been scrambling to find something to do with all of them. This hot chocolate recipe is just what I need!

  • christine says
    December 9, 2016 @ 7:24 pm

    The video came out GREAT! It was totally worth it and you nailed the perfect pour! Congrats on a great video. Oh duh and on an awesome recipe!

    • Erin replies to christine
      December 12, 2016 @ 11:31 pm

      Aww, thanks! I won’t tell you how many times I poured and cleaned out that darn cup. ;)

  • Michelle | A Latte Food says
    December 9, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

    This is so gorgeous! I love homemade hot chocolate (and those marshmallows!!)!

  • Cookin Canuck says
    December 9, 2016 @ 5:14 pm

    Well done on the video! The potential of 30 hours of editing is exactly why I haven’t bitten the bullet yet on videos. This hot chocolate looks so dreamy!

    • Erin replies to Cookin Canuck
      December 12, 2016 @ 11:31 pm

      You should really give it a try! I bet it’ll get much easier. :)

  • Charlotte Moore
    December 9, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    I think you did a good job on your video. I think I would have to thin it down for myself. It really looks thick and creamy.

    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      December 9, 2016 @ 10:25 pm

      Thank you! It’s definitely thick. I had to thin it down for my husband. ;)

  • Michelle says
    December 9, 2016 @ 2:22 am

    Really cool video! I loved watching it.

    • Erin replies to Michelle
      December 9, 2016 @ 9:26 am

      Thanks so much! I sure appreciate the feedback. :)


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