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3 Ingredient, 5 Minute Luxe Hot Chocolate Mix

3 Ingredient, 5 Minute Luxe Hot Chocolate Mix is deliciously creamy, gluten-free, dairy-free and easy to make.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


To make the hot chocolate mix

  • 200 g soy- and dairy-free dark chocolate* (7 oz.)
  • 150 g cacao powder (approx. 1 cup)
  • 220 g powdered sugar (7.7 oz. Can be made in a blender from regular sugar)

To make the hot chocolate (amounts are per serve)

  • 350 mL milk of choice (A little less than 1 ½ cups. If using coconut milk, use low fat or dilute full fat milk 1:1 with water)
  • 3-4 tablespoons dry hot chocolate mixture (use 4 US tablespoons or 3 AUS tablespoons)
  • optional: extra sugar (if you prefer a sweeter hot chocolate, you can add a teaspoon of sugar)
  • optional: 2 teaspoons of corn starch* or potato starch to thicken hot chocolate
  • optional: ½ teaspoon cinnamon and/or generous pinch of cayenne
  • optional: 1 ½ tablespoons gelatin powder (you will need a blender for this option, not vegan)


To make the hot chocolate mix

  • Break up the chocolate blocks in to large pieces and place in the bowl of your food processor.
  • Process the chocolate for up to 5 minutes, to a small crumb size - they don't need to be fine. Approx 1-2mm in size is ok.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and then blend everything for a minute or so.
  • Remove to a mixing bowl and then stir by hand with a wooden spoon to ensure everything is well incorporated - sometimes the ingredients at the bottom of the food processor don't mix completely.

To make the hot chocolate

  • Measure out your dry hot chocolate mixture. If using corn starch or potato starch for a thicker hot chocolate, add it to the dry hot chocolate mixture along with extra sugar (if using) and stir well to combine. Spices such as cinnamon or cayenne can also be added here. If using cayenne, a generous pinch is enough.
  • Warm up milk in a large* saucepan until it's gently boiling. If saucepan is too small it may boil over when the dry mixture is added.
  • Add the mixture to the saucepan and whisk for 2 minutes until dissolved. If you added the starch, it will also have thickened.
  • Optional: If you are adding gelatin, pour in to the jug of a blender and add the gelatin while the blender is running (if your blender has a top opening). This prevents clumping.
  • Pour in to a mug and enjoy!


  • Corn starch as a thickener isn't Paleo - use potato starch or gelatin if you'd like a thicker hot chocolate
  • I recommend Frey brand 85% dark chocolate as it is dairy free and soy free, and is also very affordable at only $2.50 a block at Woolworths here in Australia. I believe this brand is also available internationally
  • I make my own powdered sugar in a blender but this can also be purchased
  • I don't recommend using full fat coconut milk as the hot chocolate will be really rich. You can use half coconut milk, half water and it will taste great
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