Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Makes 1 serving
This naturally sweetened peppermint hot chocolate is the perfect beverage to make and enjoy this winter. The sweetness in this hot chocolate comes from medjool dates, which are full of natural sugars. Medjool dates are one of my favorite dried fruits and they contain nutrients such as fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6. They have a super sweet caramel flavor and soft, chewy texture. I love snacking on them because they are an energizing snack and satisfy my sweet tooth. You can find medjool dates in the produce section at the Co-op.

Peppermint flavor gives the hot chocolate a refreshing, minty kick and complements the creaminess of the soymilk. To make this peppermint hot chocolate, simply blend all ingredients in a blender and heat the mixture on the stove. It doesn’t get much easier or delicious than this! Warm up this winter with a cup of this peppermint hot chocolate.


1 ¼ cups unsweetened soymilk
5 medjool dates, pitted
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. peppermint flavor


  1. Add all ingredients to a high power blender and blend for 1 minute until all ingredients are liquefied
  2. Add the liquid to a small pot and heat on medium high heat until the mixture becomes hot. Stir with a spoon.
  3. Pour the peppermint hot chocolate into a mug and enjoy!


By Tiffany Wu / Guest Blogger

Tiffany is a student at JMU, majoring in dietetics. Her family owned a Chinese restaurant when she was growing up, so her passion for food and cooking began at an early age. She especially likes creating delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.