Vegan White Hot Chocolate with Chestnut + a Giveaway

It’s taken me a while to put this post together (hence some of the Christmas-y themes present); to get into the swing of 2017, actually.  Anyone else?

Not helping matters is the fact that I spent the first week of the year in Grand Cayman.  The trip was truly a dream, and if I can find a way to wrap my head around writing about some of the wonderfully weird things that happened – with some of my favorite people in the world – then, I’ll do that.  You can definitely expect photos and a recipe to come soon though!

The last couple of weeks then have been spent catching up, tackling a slew of new photography projects, cleaning and organizing (always more cleaning and organizing), and generally chilling and snuggling with Sneaks.  I finally read two of the books that have been resting on my nightstand: Sweetbitter (liked) and The Girls (liked a lot).

My kitchen experiments have been minimal.  I’ve been mostly relying upon cold-weather standbys like big bowls of veggie soup, hearty mixed greens, and cups of steamy beverages to get me through my days.  As the snow continues to fall outside, I am focused as much on keeping warm as I am on staying fueled.  This version of vegan white hot chocolate is one of my go-to recipes for both.

I like this drink because you can more or less take the base – a hot vanilla-infused nut milk – anywhere you like.  The chestnut spread is not necessary (and I realize, is a bit obscure), but it does add some extra sweetness and seasonal flare, if you want to try it.  You can up the adaptogen quotient as much as you wish, but I definitely recommend the maca here. Maca is a natural immune booster, hormone balancer, and universal feel good promoter; all qualities that seem especially important this time of year.

To keep those feel good vibes going, my friends at Dreamfarm would like to give two winners a prize pack that includes 3 of their very best kitchen gadgets, valued at $45.  If you’ve been reading here for a bit then you might know that I love their tools – and I say that as someone who is admittedly not a fan of excess tools, in general.  I like to keep my prep and my cleanup simple!  I am particularly fond of the Levoons for their compact nature, and their handy leveling scrapers.

Each prize pack has: a set of Levoons, and Levups, as well as a Chopula.  You can enter to win via the Rafflecopter widget below.  I’ll select and contact the winners via email one week from today (February 2nd).  Good luck – and if you are in a chilly area of the world right now, please stay warm and cozy!



Serves: 2 (Or 1 giant mug for yourself!)

Notes: I realize that some of these ingredients may not be in your pantry right now, but I do kind of think that they should be!  If they’re new to you, I’ve linked to them for your reference.  In terms of making this a “white” hot chocolate, the cacao butter is key in achieving that flavor.  Alternately, you can make this a standard (superfood!) hot chocolate by swapping in 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, instead.

2 cups nut milk of choice (I prefer almond milk for this recipe.)

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons cacao butter

1 tablespoon chestnut spread (optional) OR 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon maca powder

Pinch of Himalayan pink salt


Place the nut milk, vanilla extract, and cacao butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat.  Heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a gentle boil.

Carefully pour the warm milk mixture into a blender.  Add the remaining ingredients and pulse just until combined.  Drink immediately.


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33 Responses to Vegan White Hot Chocolate with Chestnut + a Giveaway

  1. Kristen says:

    Yum! Also hope to hear about the grand cayman adventures!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful post as usual – loving the chestnut spread in this white hot chocolate!

  3. kt3us says:

    I plan to make my chocolate and peanut butter fudge. kelly tupick

  4. David says:

    I like a warm cobbler on a cold day.

  5. Rachel says:

    I plan on making raspberry thumbprint cookies. They go perfectly with a cup of tea or hot chocolate!

    • jjbegonia says:

      Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies and Hot Chocolate sounds like an absolutely perfect combination! <3

  6. This sounds like my kind of drink. I’m excited to give it a whirl!

  7. Kayley says:

    I usually have tea. Spiced apple teas are great in the winter in place of apple cider. 🙂

  8. Nancy Loring says:

    I like to make raspberry turnovers. They are so good right from the oven when they are still steaming hot.

  9. danube66 says:

    This sounds delicious – I love anything with chesnuts!

    • jjbegonia says:

      Me too! The spread is such a nice (albeit a little bit sugary) way to get that flavor, even when they are out of season! XO

  10. manda says:


  11. We love baking homemade cookies!

  12. Carolsue says:

    I think I will be making scones!

  13. Lots of hot cocoa and protein cookies! 🙂

  14. Christine Lee says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks perfect. I have cacao butter but I never thought to make hot chocolate out of it. Sounds heavenly. I would make a fresh batch of macadamia nut cookies to go with it.

    • jjbegonia says:

      Yes! The cacao butter makes a really nice creamy cocoa. Those cookies sound like the ideal pairing. YUM!!! : )

  15. livivua chandler says:

    Im sure i can find a bread recipe that will be great.

  16. siegalpaula says:

    I like to make nut and seed brittles

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