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MAPLE WALNUT HOT CHOCOLATE (vegan recipe) - The First Mess

Maple Walnut Hot Chocolate

Maple walnut hot chocolate is a delicious and creamy pick-me-up that's naturally dairy-free. Cozy and perfect for Winter.
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Special Diets, Vegan, Vegetarian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 5 ingredients, chocolate, cocoa powder, fall, maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla, walnuts, winter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soaking Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1



  • ¼ cup raw walnuts, soaked for at least 4 hours
  • 2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 oz boiling water


  • Drain the walnuts. In an upright, high speed blender, combine the walnuts, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and boiling water. Slowly bring the blender up to high speed. Blend the hot chocolate until smooth and creamy. Pour the maple walnut hot chocolate into your favourite mug and enjoy!


  • You’ll need a sturdy/high-speed blender for this one. You can run the finished product through a fine mesh strainer if you’re fussy about texture. I don’t mind the thick, walnut-y sediment at the end of an unstrained version though :)
  • You could use stevia-sweetened chocolate chips if you want to cut the sugar a bit here.
  • If you’re up to it, some coconut whip is excellent on top!