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Makes 2 servings (or 1 no shame it's so good)

2 cups non-dairy milk of choice (my favs are almond, oat, or coconut. Up to you!)

1 tablespoon cacao powder

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Optional: moon juice dream dust


The holiday season is right around the corner, and you know what that means… hot chocolate!!

I love the idea of hot chocolate.

Imagine walking down a warmly lit street, soft snow falling, your new Burberry coat on as you stroll into a small and homey coffee shop to get that delicious seasonal drink.

Or you are cuddled up on the couch in Skim's latest drop, watching a Christmas movie as you raise a warm cup of hot chocolate to your lips; the feeling of Christmas is here.

I think writing that made me tear up.

Except I despise hot chocolate.

I hate it.

It tastes gross and makes me feel worse.

It's literally disgusting; I'll stick to my peppermint mocha, thanks.

But I try so hard to like it, to live out that dreamy scene I just described.

But every time I order it or make it, it just tastes so bad, and after two sips, my stomach feels horrible, and I just feel worse (even if I get oat milk).

So I decided no more.

This year I want to enjoy this festive drink at the most wonderful time of the year.

So after lots of experimenting, I created the It-Girl version of hot chocolate. It's vegan, super healthy, tastes fantastic, and you actually feel better after drinking it.

Healthy Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe


  1. Add plant milk to a saucepan over medium heat
  2. Once the milk is warm, add remaining ingredients and stir
  3. Turn off the heat and pour the drink into your favorite mug
  4. Optional: froth some extra plant milk and add it on top for a foamy finish

And voila! You can adjust the sweetness to your liking, totally up to you. The cacao powder has many benefits; it's anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure, and is excellent for the skin. I love substituting cacao powder whenever I can, and this recipe is perfect for it. 

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  • Sky Haarsma

    Fashion blogs have always been my favorite thing to read, since like forever. I’m subscribed to all the magazines. My tabs are always full of articles about Bella Hadid or Kourtney Kardashian’s new matcha recipe. I eat that crap up. But I was always annoyed when I opened a fashion blog. Instead of getting the scoop on Devon Lee Carlson or the new SSENSE sale, it was some old person I never heard about or some crazy designer that only makes clothes for the elite.

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