Homemade Nutella Hot Chocolate (vegan)

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 11, 2015


How is the holiday season treating you so far? Hopefully great. I honestly can’t believe it’s December 11th. What a whirlwind season. I just finished another round of book edits and now I’m currently in the midst of planning next week’s photoshoot for my next cookbook. Some of you might remember in The Oh She Glows Cookbook, we had various lifestyle photos throughout the book. Well, the second cookbook is going to have all new photos so I’ve been planning around 15 unique shots, all the recipes that will be featured (and what I have to prep in advance, what needs to be made the day of, etc), and everything in between (such as, what the heck am I going to wear). It’s been a bit of a hot mess around here, but I’m so excited for next week’s shoot! Hopefully it’ll all come together. My dear cousin Alannah is coming to help on the shoot days, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have her help.

In other news, you can now find me on Snapchat! I used to think Snapchat was just an app for sharing questionable content among teens, but apparently it can be used for other things too. New techy things intimidate me and “for dummies” tutorials confuse me so the fact that I’m currently using Snapchat (and loving the heck out of it) probably means it’s not even cool anymore. But, I love how easy-breezy it feels. (After I finally figured it out, that is.) Want to write all over the picture and make a hot mess? Sure. Want to snap some random, poor lit shot? Go for it. It feels fairly real as far as social media goes, and it’s fun to get snaps throughout the day of someone’s day to day life. Oh, and I somehow got my mom to follow me. She’s hip, I tell ya! I think she’s just holding out for more Adriana pics though…

So, if you are down for some “riveting” behind the scenes footage over at casa OSG, then follow along. My username is angelaliddon. I’ll be sharing day to day things, cooking videos (so fun – yesterday I did my homemade nutella), behind the scenes blog stuff, travel, as well as some blog/book/life sneak peeks. Odds are you will probably see it on Snapchat first because it’s just so fast to share things.

Here are a few random things I posted over the past week:


Like I said, hot mess.

Also, let me know if you are on it too!? I’m only following like 6 people right now which definitely makes me look a bit like a stalker. Ok, a lot like a stalker.

The second piece of news I have to share is to tell you that I’m back to shooting the photography on Oh She Glows! I know some of you have noticed this over the past month. The change is due to a couple reasons, one of which is that I miss shooting the photography greatly. I didn’t realize just how much I would miss this aspect of blogging after 8 years of doing the photography day in and day out. I still don’t have a proper photography set up and I rush through all my shoots since Adriana was born, but I hope to find a better system in the future. I will be bringing on a team member to OSG in the near future, and I hope that this will help me find a better balance with everything.

If you saw my snaps yesterday you probably spotted this hot cocoa in the making. It was all I could do not to bathe in this stuff, and it features my Homemade Mocha Nutella for a nutty twist on traditional hot cocoa! If you’re looking for a warming treat on a cold night, look no further.

4.8 from 9 reviews

Homemade Nutella Hot Chocolate

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free


A nutty, plant-based twist on traditional hot cocoa. This recipe features my homemade nutella nut butter which makes this drink so creamy and decadent! I also love adding 55-60% dark chocolate into the mix for even more chocolate flavour. For a luxurious twist, try stirring in a bit of full-fat coconut cream into the hot cocoa, or serve it topped with some vegan marshmallows.

4 (1/2 cup) servings
Prep time
Cook time


  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (homemade or store-bought)
  • 50 grams 55-60% non-dairy dark chocolate
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Mocha Nutella (recipe linked below)
  • Dash fine grain sea salt, to taste


  1. Prepare the Homemade Mocha Nutella.
  2. Break up the chocolate into chunks. In a medium pot, add the almond milk and chocolate pieces. Increase heat to medium-low. Whisk occasionally until all of the chocolate is melted.
  3. Whisk in the maple syrup, cocoa powder, nutella, and salt until super smooth. Heat over medium-low and remove from heat just before it simmers. If you can't get the hot cocoa smooth enough by whisking (this will depend in large part by how smooth your homemade nutella is) you can transfer it into a blender (with lid ajar) and blend until smooth.
  4. Adjust the sweetness to taste, if necessary. Serve and enjoy! Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 2 days or longer.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1/2 cup | Calories 210 calories | Total Fat 16 grams
Saturated Fat 4.5 grams | Sodium 180 milligrams | Total Carbohydrates 18 grams
Fiber 2 grams | Sugar 11 grams | Protein 4 grams
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.


1) For my Homemade Mocha Nutella recipe, see here. 2) For my Homemade Almond Milk recipe, see here.


Oh, and if you are interested in a impromptu video on me making my homemade nutella, check out this video I uploaded to Instagram.

If you are looking for all my holiday recipes, see this link!

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Poshnessary December 11, 2015 at 3:07 pm


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Jessica December 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Hold on…did you roll out cookie dough on a Silpat (looking at your Snapchat photos)? I never thought to do that! Do you need to flour it or does it work as it is? I feel like you’ve just changed my life…


Lauren December 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Hold the phone, you added Nutella to hot chocolate!!!! Yum!!!! Looks like dessert is already planned for tonight ;)
I have NO clue about Snapchat, I thought it was for questionable teens too!!! Lol.
Adriana looks so tall!


Laura ~ Raise Your Garden December 14, 2015 at 7:46 am

I would have never thought to add nutella to hot chocolate. Even better is making my own!!! Wow. Great idea. I wanted to make hot cocoa gifts for so many people on list, to go with all the teachers gifts (my kindergartner has 8 teachers), and her bus driver, the 2 newspaper delivery people, the woman who cuts my hair…..the list goes on. Need to do! Thanks. I’m sure they will all love this.


dixya | food, pleasure, and health December 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm

nutella and hot chocolate together sounds so much better than regular hot chocolate!!! i just made healthier ferrero rocher and pairing them together would be awesome!!!


Bella B December 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Mmm that looks so yummy!



Erin @ Erin's Inside Job December 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

This looks great! I just went to a fancy hot chocolate place here in Chicago over the weekend and it was literally like they melted a chocolate bar into a cup. It was waaaay too rich for me to drink the whole thing and even splitting it was difficult!

Maybe I’m just destined for cocoa packets with tiny freeze dried marshmallows :)


Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs December 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm

I love this idea (peanut butter hot chocolate is a thing that’s going to happen). I’m super happy to see that you’re doing your own photos again, too. I was missing them!


Katrina December 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Vegan Nutella hot chocolate?!? WOO HOO!!! This looks wonderful. And that Nutella is so great for gifts!


Amelia Littlejohn December 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Literally perfect! I could do with a warming cup of this right now.

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Aria December 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Nutella hot chocolate? YUM!


Emily December 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

WOW! This looks incredible. And I’m so happy you’re doing your photography again. Aside from being just stunning shots – there is such a warmth that comes across in your photos (much like in your writing) that I am so happy to see again. :-)


Annaliese December 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm

ohh nice! What a fun twist on hot cocoa!! I haven’t had a chocolate hazelnut spread in a long time…and think making some homemade is in my near future for sure, which means I’ll be trying this when I make hot cocoa next! I did miss your photography, too!! It seems so honest, colorful, genuine, and well…like you! It doesn’t always have to be perfect, and quite honestly, is kind of nice when it isn’t…I mean, we are all human! And when all else fails? Put some chocolate on it! Cheers!!


Sarah December 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Oh my goodness – this looks divine!

x Sarah


Nicole December 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Hi Angela!
Believe it or not, I was at the dentist last week and the dental assistant and I were trading healthy food ideas…she confessed that she and her boyfriend inhale a container of Nutella every week. I expressed my horror at the ingredients and promised her I would find a healthy Nutella recipe option, make it and bring it to her this Wednesday, my next appointment. Now, I know that I can make your nutella recipe and use a little of it myself to try this homemade nutella hot chocolate! Is it un-Christmassy of me to take some of it myself?! :)
I am happy to see your warm and welcoming photography again. I actually bought your book before I knew about your blog and it was the photography on the cover that first caught my eye!
What a long comment, I’ve written a novel!


Nicole December 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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Okay…just made this recipe! Sooooo worth the few extra minutes to make the homemade mocha nutella! Luxurios, creamy and dreamy hot chocolate. Now we just have to hope it gets cold here, soon, so we can have more excuses to make it again!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Oh allll the yum happening right here! I didn’t grow up on Nutella, but these days am finding myself loving all sorts of chocolate + nut combos. (I think the lack of it in my childhood was due to my mum’s allergies to nuts and chocolate, which somehow got taken out on my sister and I!) As far as Snapchat goes, I haven’t ventured over there yet but am beginning to think I’m going to have to see what all the fuss is about. You will soon have another follower! :)


Eve December 12, 2015 at 6:23 am

This hot chocolate looks amazing, Nutella as this time of year always reminds me of the holidays and because it is vegan, I can’t wait to make it! Pinned xo


Heidi Kokborg December 12, 2015 at 6:50 am

Wow Angela! This looks absolutely heavenly! I both love Nutella and hot chocolate so I’m just going to love this drink! It would be perfect for a cold afternoon after a walk in the forest! And I can’t wait for your next cook book to come out! :)


D Hannon December 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

Can you make the nutella in a Vitamix?


Cassie December 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Looks delicious.


Bine December 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Good to hear that you are doing your photos again! I directly see when you use your own ones. They just look warmer and not that staged. Beautiful but real, like you realy am going to eat this and not just take a photo ;)


Emilie @ Emilie Eats December 12, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Yessss what’s better than hot chocolate and a gingerbread cookie on a winter night?? Of course your picture are as gorgeous as always; glad to hear you’re back behind the camera! :)


Crystal December 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Who wouldn’t be happy with chocolate as a gift? So delicious!

And yay that you’re doing your photography again that’s so great to hear Angela, your photos are gorgeous :)


JC December 13, 2015 at 7:14 am

Caveat: only tangentially related to the hot cocoa. :) I’m in the market for a new food processor (I’ve made do for years with a combo of my mini cuisinart prep and our Ninja). Any lessons learned or rec’s on your end? Kiddo #1 is on the way so I expect to kick up food processing as baby-food making gets added to my list. THANKS!


Cara December 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

*consider baby-led weaning and skip making millions of purees–just start with finger-foods–just putting it out there! (congrats, btw!)


Katie December 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

I’ve had a 14-cup cusinart for over 10 years and I love, love it. I really enjoyed making purees for my boo (he’s 15 months old now), but I more often used a blender to make them. I’d definitely recommend getting containers to freeze the purees in– it makes it so much easier to give your baby variety when you a selection to (quickly) choose from. I was given these Beaba freezer trays and they were awesome.

So much love and luck to you! Having a little one is the best :-)


Nicole December 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Congrats! Food processors are useful for new moms for so many reasons…not only purees but speeding up a lot of prep for meals. I asked Angela this same question and she replied with the same info as Katie. I bought the 12 cup cuisinart elite and haven’t looked back! It is incredibly efficient and just goes and goes! Good Luck!


Nicole W December 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

**forgot to say,Angela has a great post about the cuisinart at http://ohsheglows.com/2012/04/27/kitchen-sink-nut-butter-cuisinart-food-processor-review/


Deneige December 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

This looks ahhhhhmazinggg! I really love all your recipes! I’m sure you’ve answered this question before, but is there a store bought almond milk/nut milk you recommend? I’m concerned about all the additives and I can’t seem to find one I’m always comfortable purchasing. I’ve made my own before but I don’t seem to have the time to it as much I would need too. Homemade by trumps store bought (being able to control thickness, flavor and knowing what’s in it)…just wondering if you have a “go to” when in a pinch. Thanks and Happy Holidays!


Diae December 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

This look so heavenlly! I too am so glad you are doing your photography again. I have really missed your photos. Can’t wait for the gingerbread cookies too. I make so many of your cookie recipes for the holiday season and have been anxiously checking for a few new ones to add to the cookie tray! Thank you!!!


Anna Lee December 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Nutella hot chocolate?! I think I’m in love! I’ve been searching for a few homemade gift ideas (nut butters, jams, and such) to gift people this holiday season so I’m excited to have another recipe to make! And I’m thrilled you will be behind the camera again. Your photos are always so warm and inviting. (:
I wish I had a smartphone so I could have snapchat! But until it’s affordable to a broke college grad (and by affordable I mean next-to-nothing cheap haha), I guess I’ll stick with my clunker of a phone.


The cook December 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm
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When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it… and it did not disappoint! The Nutella adds a fun twist to traditional hot chocolate and besides having to make the Nutella, this recipe was pretty easy to whip together. I also highly recommend giving your hot coco a whirl with an espresso frother. You can get them online and at IKEA for a reasonable price.


Cara December 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm

The gingerbread man looks adorable–we just made “gingerbread” men with your graham cracker recipe this weekend! Lots of fun, and a non-refined-sugar way to celebrate the season–Thanks!


Jessica @ Two Green Peas December 13, 2015 at 5:22 pm

How long does the Nutella last for in the fridge?


Jill @ Champagne for Everyday December 13, 2015 at 9:25 pm

I’ve never heard of Nutella hot chocolate! Thank you so much for sharing. I also LOVE the idea of homemade Nutella as a gift.

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Mikkel Magnuson December 14, 2015 at 4:33 am

Wow it Looks delicious!
Definitely I will try this
It will be great if you share the recipy also.


Mikkel Magnuson December 14, 2015 at 5:49 am

Oh I got the recipe Don’t how how I missed the recipe. Actually I love Cooking and Thats’ why I have made it my Profession also.
Any way When I try I will tell you how tasty it will be


Robyn B @ Modern Day Missus December 14, 2015 at 6:48 am

Aahhhhhhh I totally know what you mean about the photography. Since my little one was born (Chloe is now 9 months old), writing posts and carefully constructing the pics is SO hard, but I love learning about photography and I think that is one of the reasons many of us have food blogs. Anyway – the pics are still looking great and the recipe looks yum too! We are in Australia though the weather now is warm. I get very jealous looking at all these blogs with winter Christmases!


Mel @ The Refreshanista Blog December 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Wowza! This hot chocolate looks so rich and chocolatey :) I also love the idea of giving a jar of the Mocha Nutella as a gift! Homemade gifts are the best- especially when you can eat them.


Smith Martin December 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

It looks yummy .I really want this and you have made it simple and really well .I really appreciate your efforts .A big thanks for sharing .


Brandie December 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm
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Made this last night- SO delicious, nutty, rich, creamy and definitely cured my chocolate craving!


Emy December 15, 2015 at 1:54 pm

This looks divine! What a delicious treat for a cold winter day


Edith December 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm

This may not be the appropriate post to which to add this comment, but I’m a bit desperate for ideas and tips so I thought I’d give it a shot :)
(By the way Angela, huge fan for 7 years now – you helped me through naturally treating Lupus with your recipes!)

I’m a young wife (despite the misleading Granny name..hehe..), married to a non-vegan guy. I went vegan for a couple of years to treat Lupus, then I re-introduced animal products for almost 2 years, and then I started to feel sicker again. So now I’m back to eating vegan, with the occasional exception of seafood (as that doesn’t seem to cause any nasty symptoms). The problem is…trying not to cave with all the non-vegan foods in my fridge. It would be easier for me to say no to animal products if my choice to eat vegan was due to moral reasons, but it isn’t, as I find nothing wrong with eating animal products. My choice is purely health-based. I find myself caving more often lately, and then I wake up in the morning feeling sick. It helps me to watch how the animals in mass production are being treated as I’m a huge animal lover, and those videos just make me bawl my eyes out…but lately I feel like I need to watch those every waking minute to help fight the temptation, and that’s not realistic. I feel like we need separate kitchens, but I doubt that would be healthy for our marriage relationship ;-P
I used to have extremely high resolve and self-discipline when I was single, but have now been getting weaker in that area as I’m allowing myself to be influenced by Hubby (he’s an amazing guy and I love him to bits- just self-control/self-discipline are not his personal strengths where health is concerned).

Any tips or ideas?


Kris December 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

Angela, would you ever make a weekly meal plan along with a grocery list? Spend too much, waste too much, and there never seems to anything appealing in the frog so eat junk instead. Help please


Nicole December 16, 2015 at 1:16 pm

This looks yummy! I love your Snapchat stories by the way!


Catherine December 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

I’m excited you’re on snapchat! You seem like you’d be fun to follow with creating new recipes and all. My sc is catjess1 if you want to see what a psych doctoral student does all day lol. Also perfect timing with this recipe as it is just beginning to get cold here in Los Angeles :) Thanks!


Avi December 17, 2015 at 12:53 am
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It may not be a cold winter. But this vegan hot chocolate can warm me up anytime.


Abi December 17, 2015 at 6:58 am

i have not found good vegan options but here true to options


Ellie December 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Hi Angela!
I’m a 13 year old a currently wanting to become a vegan for ethnic reasons and I live in Iowa ( one of the leading producers of pigs) and my grandfather owns a cow farm and I don’t know how to tell them, and if I do I don’t think they will understand. My father says that vegans don’t get enough nutrients I don’t know what to do. Any advice?


Paula December 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Just made it! (Used your Nutella recipe). Used almond/coconut milk from grocery store! Super good! Will definitely be making this all winter long!


Tilly December 18, 2015 at 10:32 am
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That’s exactly what I need – a cup of hot chocolate! Thanks for the recipe :)


Jessi Andricks December 18, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Oh my geez that looks so good! I might have to make some asap. And thanks for the BTS of Snapchat. I have been seeing so many people using it lately, but also thought it was for questionable teenage content ;) Glad to see its not, its fun, and its ok to be a hot mess!


Susan December 20, 2015 at 6:17 am
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Nutella hot chocolate?! Oh Man ! i just love chocolate. I just made chocolate pie yesterday. I was searching for new recipe for chocolate dish. here i got it . I going to try it tomorrow. Tomorrow is birth day for someone spacial. I hope he is going to love this with his birthday gifts… :P I have mo word thank you for this recipe.


Paul December 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Hi, apparently,y Nutella in the European market is not a vegan product as they use traditional rennet. Only US Nutella is vegan.


Krista Williams December 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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Hi there!

I came looking for something to make for my family (that’s vegan) for the holidays and this is PERFECT! I can make it and surprise them with the fact that it’s dairy and egg free.

Thank you! I appreciate it, and always love your posts when I read!



Jazz December 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I got your cookbook for Christmas and I’m just leafing through it now.
Just a friendly FYI….on your recipe for “…….Detox soup”.
Food does not detoxify your body…your liver does that job….!!!


Jen December 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm


I was hoping maybe I could get your help. I realize this might be crazy or you could take it, run with it and create yet another masterpiece. Recently I went to Colorado and found this delicious cookie. But I can’t find a recipe to make it at home. I know what’s in it but the chemistry of turning those ingredients into something edible probably should be left to a professional. I have your cookbook and follow you on Facebook. Wasn’t sure how to email you. Could you help out with this?


Thank you!



Samantha December 29, 2015 at 5:35 pm

looks yummy! :) Nutella anything – I’m convinced – is good.


Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship January 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I’m very worried that if I had this once…. I’d end up having it every day. Or several times every day…


Lydia Hopkins January 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

Oh, this sounds so delicious and it is just for the winter! I would love to know more about the cookies though.


Sina @ Vegan Heaven January 21, 2016 at 7:09 am

Nutella hot chocolate?! This sounds absolutely amazing, Angela! :-) Can’t wait to give it a try!! Yummy!


Bridiegaffney14 January 26, 2016 at 11:55 pm

Your website and recipes are amazing can’t wait to make them *all if I’m lucky ;) I consider my self blessed that I found this wonderful site. :) xoxo


Joanna January 27, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Nutella hot chocolate sounds amazing! And I will definitely be trying this at home.

One question though: I like to drink a mug of hot cholate at work, keeps me going through the afternoon! But all we have is a hot water boiler, so I end up buying hugely sugary ready-made hot chocolate powder to feed my addiction.
Is there any way to modify this recipe to pre-prepare the nutty chocolatey base at home and just be able to add hot water to it once I’m at work?



Food Mumbai January 28, 2016 at 2:47 am
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Nutella hot chocolate has been so creamy and fabulous that I just can’t wait to touch it with my lips… Best wishes from http://foodmumbai.co.in/


Hypnosis Adelaide February 1, 2016 at 12:42 am
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I have been looking for a good vegan nutella recipe. Thank you :)


Andrea March 9, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Hmm this looks amazing,

I’ve done tried some recipies from this book myself and some are quite amazing.



Kathryn March 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm

How would one get about regular hot chocolate?


Angela Liddon April 8, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Hi Kathryn, I’d recommend trying either my luxurious dairy-free hot cocoa recipe, or this trick for instant hot chocolate here (using my vegan chocolate recipe). Hope this helps!


Carol April 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Hi Angela,

Love your website. Everything looks wonderful and like I want to dive right into it. Hah! I was wondering if you’d mind telling me the name of your recipe plug-in. Thanks so much. Keep up the good work.


Angela Liddon April 28, 2016 at 10:34 am

Hi Carol, Eric actually developed the recipe plug-in himself! So I’m sorry I can’t refer you to one.


Douglas June 13, 2016 at 3:08 am

There is no wrong to come from using Nutella. Went to PB&U in PA this weekend where all creations are made starting with PB. Had PB, Nutella, and bacon on toast. Would have loved to have this with.


Jessie Gill June 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

This looks so delicious. It makes me wonder how delicious Nutella would be in milkshakes too.


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