Crock-Pot Vegan Hot Chocolate

3.50 from 2 votes

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Vegan hot chocolate is a fast and easy non-dairy drink for people who love chocolate but choose a vegan diet or have lactose intolerance.  Using a slow cooker, you can make this treat for a crowd or just for yourself.

Two blue mugs of vegan hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon sticks.

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What is it?

This dairy-free hot chocolate is the perfect warm drink for cool nights. Using a slow cooker is a neat and tidy way of making enough for the whole family, or enough to enjoy over the course of a few days.

We love to serve this recipe around the holidays but if you want to leave the Christmas flavors out and just go full-chocolate, we would never judge you!

What’s in it?

Ingredients for vegan hot chocolate

Coconut milk replaces the traditional dairy milk or cream in this vegan hot chocolate. You can use your favorite non-dairy milk.

Other options include:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk
  • Soy milk

How to make it

Pouring ingredients into a crock pot for vegan hot chocolate
  1. With your slow cooker set to low, add the non-dairy milk of your choice.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Stir them together.
  4. Then whisk the ingredients. Cover your crockpot and cook for 2 hours on low.
overhead view of two cups of hot chocolate

You can customize this vegan hot cocoa to your liking and even to the season. We add some Christmas flavors to this version and our kids enjoy it all year round!


Customize this vegan hot chocolate with your favorite ingredients. Some of the different ways we enjoy it include using:

  • Pure maple syrup – Use this instead of sugar. Sweeten to your personal taste.
  • Expresso powder – Add a little pick-me-up to this non dairy hot chocolate!
  • Instant coffee – This gives your hot beverage a nice mocha flavor.
  • Peppermint extract – This is a must during the holiday season!
  • Peppermint schnapps – A shot of this will give you a vegan version of our Peppermint Patty drink!

Common questions

Can I make this on the stove top?

Yes, to make this non dairy hot chocolate on your stove top. Use a 2-quart sauce pan and combine the ingredients over medium-low heat until it is heated throughout.

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Slow Cooker Vegan Hot Chocolate

3.50 from 2 votes
Make this non dairy hot chocolate using your crock-pot.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Yield: 8


  • 13.5 oz Coconut cream
  • 4 cups Coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate chips, vegan
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa powder


  • Place all ingredients in your slow cooker. Whisk to combine.
  • Cover and slow cook on low setting for 2 hours. Stir every 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Ladle into mugs and top with marshmallows if desired!


  • Using “lite” coconut milk will make this less coconut flavored.
  • To prepare in the microwave, scale down the ingredients to a single serving. Combine in a mug and microwave on high for 1 minute.


Calories: 531kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 31g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 266mg, Potassium: 309mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 47g, Vitamin A: 27IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Vegan
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  1. 2 stars
    I chose to half and half soy and oat milk. Omitted coconut cream as I didn’t have it on hand. This hot cocoa would have been great had the spices not been so overpowering. I’ll try again and half or 1/3 the amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. I wound up dumping out this batch as no one really enjoyed it.