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Dairy-free Grizzly Bear Hot Chocolate by Unrefined Vegan

The Grizzly Bear: Hot Chocolate with a Bite

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Rich and creamy with deep, dark flavor, you get a double dose of heat from a mug of this non-dairy, sugar-free hot cocoa!


  • 2.5 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 56 Tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder
  • 12 Tbsp. NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup, or other sweetener to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan and gently heat. Whisk frequently to incorporate the cacao powder.

When hot, divide between two large mugs.


I use a stevia-sweetened syrup here because I try to avoid refined sugar as much as possible, but of course, feel free to use whatever sweetener you prefer.