Basic Vegan Blender Hot Cocoa

Basic vegan blender hot cocoa. A delicious hot cocoa made in under 5 minutes! This cozy drink is made in the blender using 4 basic ingredients. Just cocoa powder, cashews, dates and water! Add a pinch of salt and a dash of vanilla to take it to the next level.

Vegan Blender Hot Cocoa

A new chocolate recipe, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with a loved one, friends or your dog, I hope you’ll enjoy this warm and cozy drink. Just don’t share it with your dog, please.

I have so many hot cocoa and latte recipes now, but I realized I never shared a basic hot cocoa. One that doesn’t have any special flavors, like my peanut butter hot cocoa or almond hot cocoa. So today, I’m sharing a basic vegan blender hot cocoa! It’s not traditional in any sense, but to me, it tastes just like the hot cocoa I enjoyed as a kid.

An important question before we get to the recipe…

What’s the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?

I used to think they were the same. I actually made that mistake with my past recipes. Turns out, they’re different! Many use the terms interchangeably, but hot cocoa is actually a drink made from cocoa powder, sugar and milk. On the other hand, hot chocolate is made of finely chopped or shaved chocolate melted in hot water, milk or cream. Hot chocolate is thicker and doesn’t usually have added sugar as the chocolate is sweet already. This article from The Kitchn explains it well.

So now that we know the difference, let’s see how I make my very untraditional hot cocoa.

cashews and dates

How To Make a Blender Hot Cocoa

This is the most simple hot cocoa recipe EVER. Unlike many recipes out there, you don’t have to heat anything on the stove top. Just dump all the ingredients in a blender and you’re good to go. Here’s how it’s made:

  • First, boil your water, like you would to make tea or coffee. I used a kettle.
  • Second, add all the ingredients to blender, including the hot water.
  • Finally, blend it all together and you’re done.
ingredients in a blender
Hot Cocoa in the blender

A Few Notes on the Recipe:

  • You ideally need a good blender for this recipe. I used a Vitamix and it worked perfectly to blend the cashews, without soaking. If your blender is on the weaker side, try soaking the cashews overnight and straining the hot cocoa using a fine mesh sieve. You shouldn’t get any cashew pieces in your drink!
  • My sweetener of choice is Medjool dates here. It adds a good amount of sweetness with a little added fiber. However, you can easily use maple syrup or honey to taste! They will all be delicious.
  • You can use raw cashews or dry roasted cashews. Just make sure they’re unsalted.
hot cocoa poured in a cup
Basic Vegan Blender Hot Cocoa

Watch How to Make the Recipe:

Looking for more cozy drinks? You can find all of my hot cocoa and latte recipes here.

Basic Vegan Blender Hot Cocoa

A delicious vegan hot cocoa made in under 5 minutes! This cozy drink is made in the blender using 4 basic ingredients. Just cocoa powder, cashews, dates and water! Add a pinch of salt and a dash of vanilla to take it to the next level.
Course Drinks
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup cashews, raw or dry roasted (unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2-3 Medjool dates, pitted (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Small pinch of salt


  • Boil your water using a kettle or saucepan.
  • Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, including the hot water. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. There shouldn't be any noticeable pieces of dates or cashews.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!


I used a Vitamix to make this recipe. This blender was strong enough to blend cashews without soaking them in advance. If your blender is on the weaker side, you may want to soak your cashews overnight. You could also strain the drink using a fine mesh sieve to remove any pieces left. This shouldn’t be an issue if you have a strong blender.
Don’t like dates? Use maple syrup or honey to taste!
You can also add more cocoa powder for a stronger hot cocoa.

If you make this blender hot cocoa, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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  • Nita Hanson

    I am intrigued by this recipe but am a little nervous about putting boiling water in the plastic Vitamix, and what chemicals might leach out into it. (I try to keep plastics out of the microwave and the dishwasher for this reason.) Is this something you’ve thought about? Thanks for any thoughts.

    • Nourished by Caroline

      Hi Nita, I personally don’t worry about this. The water is in the Vitamix for a short period of time. I would need to do more research on this topic, but the Vitamix is often used for blending soups and other hot liquids. This would be similar. But of course, it would be a personal choice.

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Nourished by Caroline

I’m Caroline, a registered dietitian located in Kelowna, British Columbia. I focus on plant-based nutrition and intuitive eating. I believe in living a balanced life, while eating the food you love. Learn more about my practice here or book an appointment today!


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