Pumpkin Hot Chocolate(Vegan)

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

Today is a rainy, cold, miserable day here.  Although I’m sure it is far more miserable elsewhere in the world and I’m keeping those on the east coast in my thoughts.  I did think that some hot chocolate would be a nice thing to share today.  I think we could all use a mug of this 🙂

I made this hot chocolate vegan by using almond milk.  And to be totally honest, it was awesome.  I almost think dairy milk would have been too thick and rich unless you use low fat.  Sometimes I really prefer almond milk, and this is one of those instances.  But go with what you enjoy.  The pumpkin in this makes it slightly thick and creamier than regular hot chocolate.  I did use a homemade pumpkin puree though so a store bought pumpkin puree will be thicker.  I’m not sure if I’d want this any thicker, so maybe use less of a store bought pumpkin puree.

Oh and that in the background?  I’ll share that soon.  I may tweak the recipe a little before I share it though.  That’s chai spiced apple butter in the center of those bars though.  Can you say yum?  I’m happy to have to make those again soon to test the recipe out 😀

For now, enjoy some hot chocolate and I hope everyone stays safe over the next couple days!

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate(Vegan)
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 -3 servings
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 2 C milk almond milk works perfectly
  • 1/4 C homemade pumpkin puree use less of store bought puree as it's thicker
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of vanilla
  1. On the stove in a small pot, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cocoa, maple syrup(or honey) and pinch of salt.
  2. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Whisk and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla and cool until ready to serve, or serve immediately with a splash of extra milk, a dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows or your favorite other hot chocolate toppings.


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1 September October 30, 2012 at

Oh,this looks great…I’m going to try this out really soon..thanks so much for all of your wonderful posts… <3


2 The Café Sucré Farine October 30, 2012 at

What a fun unique treat! Who needs Starbucks?:)
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3 Ari @ Ari's Menu October 30, 2012 at

This looks AMAZING!!! Like, I might go into my kitchen and make it right now. Almond milk is my favorite! I eat plenty of dairy, but I won’t buy dairy milk anymore because I like almond milk so much better.
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4 chinmayie @ love food eat October 31, 2012 at

I could totally do with a mug of that right now. Bangalore has been getting chilly and it’s going to be a few months of soups, curries and stews here.
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5 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 31, 2012 at

Chai-spiced apple butter? Pumpkin hot chocolate?! Oh my gosh, you are making me hungry! I’ve put pumpkin pie spice in hot chocolate before, but never actual pumpkin. I’m going to have to give it a try. 🙂
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6 Heather November 5, 2012 at

This post just made me all warm and cozy – mmmm hot chocolate and those bars look & sound delish!
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7 Jenn and Seth November 10, 2012 at

pumpkin hot chocolate?? BRILLIANT idea! i am definitely trying this tonight, can’t wait!
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8 Erin @ Texanerin Baking November 11, 2012 at

I wish there were such a thing as white chocolate cocoa. It’s just impossible to make healthy white chocolate hot chocolate. 🙁 This looks lovely! Love that you used maple syrup to sweeten it.
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9 Eat good 4 life November 13, 2012 at

Another pumpkin recipe I am sure to like! I am really behind on my blogging/replying/commenting ;-( but be sure that I check your blog on a regular basis……one of my faves 😉 I really need to start whipping some serious hot chocolate over here….it is getting really cold and miserable as well!!
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10 Heide M. February 11, 2013 at

Sounds perfect on a winter day.


11 Jamie August 14, 2013 at

Can we see your homemade pumpkin puree directions?


12 LuAnne September 11, 2013 at

Sounds delicious! I’m gonna wait until it cools off a little – I read this in September & still hot here in Phoenix. In addition to being yummy, this will help get some good nutrition going – pumpkin’s great for your heart because of the potassium.


13 Jen September 16, 2013 at

Just made this and is it ever delicious! You’re right on halving the amount of pumpkin if using store-bought in a can, just a bit too thick otherwise. I swapped out the honey for an agave and Truvia blend and it was fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing!


14 Jessica Hehir October 24, 2013 at

I love this recipe and so does my lactose free family! We have already enjoyed pots of this stuff. I just had to share with my readers. Looking forward to trying more of your great recipes!
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15 stephanie February 23, 2014 at

Just tried this and I LOVE IT


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