Vegan Salted Mexican Hot Chocolate

*If you’re in Richmond, VA check out the article I wrote for Richmond.com about gluten-free friendly restaurants in Richmond. Check out the comments for even more g-free friendly places! Keep the comments and the recommendations coming!*

Virginia has decided to fully embrace winter – freezing winds and all.  I love the cold but have a strong hate for wind.  Especially cold wind (I just typed wine. Clearly, I have my priorities in order) – it just seems to cut right through me and cause me to have perpetually frozen fingers and toes. Despite the fact that I’m pretty sure I need to invent a nose-warmer, this chill has a lovely silver lining.  And that would be hot chocolate.  Velvety, silky, insanely rich vegan hot chocolate to be exact.

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I grew up drinking the Abuelita mexican hot chocolate and quickly fell in love with the spicy + sweet chocolate combo. Rather than buy the processed stuff, I decided to make my own.  I took the spicy flavors of Abuelita, added in my love for all things salty + sweet and poured it all into a mug.  It is truly drinkable chocolate decadence.

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And if you’re feeling extra sassy, add in a shot of bourbon. And then top it with vegan (or real, if you prefer) whipped cream so it melts into the hot chocolate. It’s gonna get messy. Do it, it’s only right.
Full disclosure: the whipped cream in the photo is the real stuff. I stay away from milk & cream most of the time, but I just can’t resist homemade whipped cream! For a full vegan version – sub your favorite vegan whipped cream.

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Salted Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate
Yields: 2  large servings or 4 smaller servings (it’s rich stuff, so you can get away with a smaller portion)

2 cups vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (use the good stuff)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp. ground cayenne (adjust to your spicy liking)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. + a pinch for serving, good quality flaky sea salt, sel gris, or fleur de sel

1. Heat soy milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it just barely begins to steam and simmer. Stir it occasionally to keep a skin from forming.
2. Add chocolate and whisk constantly until chocolate is melted.
3. Add remaining ingredients, whisking to combine.
4. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is hot.
5. If you’re adding booze, do it here. Shut off the heat and serve immediately.  Make sure to sprinkle an extra pinch of salt on top. Yum.

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Comments: 63

  1. Amber January 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm Reply

    This sounds decadent!!–and with the soy milk, like it won’t weigh me down. Your photos are outstanding. I cannot wait to try this!

    • gabbysgfree January 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply

      Thank you! It is definitely rich but such a great alternative if you’re dairy-free or just looking to reduce dairy intake. So yummy!

  2. Amber January 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm Reply

    This sounds decadent!!–and with the soy milk, like it won’t weigh me down. Your photos are outstanding. I cannot wait to try this!

  3. gabbysgfree January 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Thank you! It is definitely rich but such a great alternative if you’re dairy-free or just looking to reduce dairy intake. So yummy!

  4. gabbysgfree January 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Thank you! It is definitely rich but such a great alternative if you’re dairy-free or just looking to reduce dairy intake. So yummy!

  5. Samara Kapich January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply

    That sounds amazing! I am going to need to buy some good chocolate on my next trip to the store.

  6. Samara Kapich January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply

    That sounds amazing! I am going to need to buy some good chocolate on my next trip to the store.

  7. Samara Kapich January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply

    That sounds amazing! I am going to need to buy some good chocolate on my next trip to the store.

  8. Samara Kapich January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply

    That sounds amazing! I am going to need to buy some good chocolate on my next trip to the store.

    • gabbysgfree January 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Thanks! There are few things better than good chocolate :)

      • Samara Kapich January 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

        mmmm. This hit the spot! I happened to have some heavy whipping cream in my house,and made some whip cream it added a perfect finish to a tasty treat!

  9. Aaisha @BakingPartTime January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    That is some sexy looking hot chocolate. It’s freezing in our town right now, so this might be right up my alley.

  10. Aaisha @BakingPartTime January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    That is some sexy looking hot chocolate. It’s freezing in our town right now, so this might be right up my alley.

  11. Aaisha @BakingPartTime January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    That is some sexy looking hot chocolate. It’s freezing in our town right now, so this might be right up my alley.

  12. Aaisha @BakingPartTime January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    That is some sexy looking hot chocolate. It’s freezing in our town right now, so this might be right up my alley.

  13. Aaisha @BakingPartTime January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    That is some sexy looking hot chocolate. It’s freezing in our town right now, so this might be right up my alley.

  14. Aaisha @BakingPartTime January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    That is some sexy looking hot chocolate. It’s freezing in our town right now, so this might be right up my alley.

  15. Aaisha @BakingPartTime January 22, 2012 at 7:20 am Reply

    That is some sexy looking hot chocolate. It’s freezing in our town right now, so this might be right up my alley.

    • gabbysgfree January 22, 2012 at 8:09 am Reply

      Ha thank you! It is perfect for cold nights.

  16. Ness Pas January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply

    So, I’m definitely going to have to go home and try this. Tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Ness Pas January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply

    So, I’m definitely going to have to go home and try this. Tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Ness Pas January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply

    So, I’m definitely going to have to go home and try this. Tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

    • gabbysgfree January 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Hope you like it! It definitely makes frequent appearances on cold, wintry nights in our house.

  19. gabbysgfree January 28, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply

    So glad you liked it!

  20. gabbysgfree January 28, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply

    So glad you liked it!

  21. gabbysgfree January 28, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply

    So glad you liked it!

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  44. ATasteOfMadness April 18, 2012 at 11:51 am Reply

    Oh wow, this looks so tasty! I love salted hot chocolate, this one looks gorgeous!

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      Thanks!

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  47. gabbysgfree January 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Thanks! There are few things better than good chocolate :)

  48. gabbysgfree January 22, 2012 at 8:09 am Reply

    Ha thank you! It is perfect for cold nights.

  49. gabbysgfree January 22, 2012 at 8:09 am Reply

    Ha thank you! It is perfect for cold nights.

  50. gabbysgfree January 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Hope you like it! It definitely makes frequent appearances on cold, wintry nights in our house.

  51. gabbysgfree January 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Hope you like it! It definitely makes frequent appearances on cold, wintry nights in our house.

  52. Samara Kapich January 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

    mmmm. This hit the spot! I happened to have some heavy whipping cream in my house,and made some whip cream it added a perfect finish to a tasty treat!

  53. Samara Kapich January 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

    mmmm. This hit the spot! I happened to have some heavy whipping cream in my house,and made some whip cream it added a perfect finish to a tasty treat!

  54. Samara Kapich January 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

    mmmm. This hit the spot! I happened to have some heavy whipping cream in my house,and made some whip cream it added a perfect finish to a tasty treat!

  55. Samara Kapich January 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

    mmmm. This hit the spot! I happened to have some heavy whipping cream in my house,and made some whip cream it added a perfect finish to a tasty treat!

  56. Samara Kapich January 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm Reply

    mmmm. This hit the spot! I happened to have some heavy whipping cream in my house,and made some whip cream it added a perfect finish to a tasty treat!

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