This sweet and simple Vegan Red Velvet Hot Cocoa is a perfect treat for Valentine's Day! No food coloring needed here - the mixture is dyed with beet powder.
Happy Friday my loves! Valentine's Day is almost here, and I have one more sweet and simple treat to share with you today for v-day. This Vegan Red Velvet Hot Cocoa is fun, delicious, and so quick to make! It takes just a few minutes to prepare and it's a great sweet something to share with your significant other (or your kids). And for a special something, add in some almond milk Bailey's... I have a feeling it'll be delicious!
So you may know I'm not a huge fan of red velvet stuff... but I know the public loves it so I try to accommodate y'all! I made this delicious red velvet layer cake last year and now I'm trying my hand with this red velvet hot cocoa. One of the things I don't like is the huge amounts of red food coloring that are required, so I tried out beet powder to achieve the red color! This was the first time using it and it was fun. I will definitely be experimenting more with the beet powder in the future 🙂
What do I need to make this vegan red velvet hot cocoa?
- Nondairy milk - Pick your favorite, but I love oatmilk for occasions like this! It is so creamy and thick. Soy or coconut milk are also great for hot cocoa.
- Vegan chocolate - I prefer adding some actual chocolate to my hot cocoa for extra richness and flavor. I recommend semisweet in this case so that it doesn't overwhelm the red velvet component.
- Cocoa powder - the essential element in a hot cocoa recipe! Rodelle cocoa is my favorite as it's super high-quality and flavorful.
- Beet powder - this is how I achieved the red velvet effect without food coloring! It also adds a nice earthy note that keeps the hot cocoa from being overly sweet.
- Sugar - I added some sugar to my hot cocoa to balance out the flavors! It's sweet but not cloying.
- Coconut whipped cream - optional, but don't you always need some whipped cream on your hot cocoa? I whipped chilled coconut cream from a can, but you can also use frozen CocoWhip or nondairy cream in a can. Anything works!
Happy almost Valentine's Day! I hope you guys will whip up this fun red velvet hot cocoa for a yummy treat to celebrate. Drink it as-is, spike it if you want, make it your own! Let me know if you give it a try 🙂
Check out these other tasty Valentine's treats!
- Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Cake Parfaits
- Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Rice Krispie Treats
- Vegan Chocolate Cake Gems
- Oreo Truffle Stuffed Strawberries
- Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes for Two
- 2 cups oat milk
- 3 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon beet powder
- 1½ tablespoon granulated sugar
- In a small pot over medium heat, warm up the oat milk and the chocolate chips.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder, beet powder, and sugar. Heat the mixture until smooth and warmed through.
- Divide the mixture between two mugs, top with vegan whipped cream, and add on some sprinkles. Serve immediately!
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