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Jamaican hot chocolate

Jamaican hot chocolate

Learn to make the best plant based version of this Jamaican hot beverage each and every time.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 46kcal
Author Charla


  • 2 chocolate balls
  • 3 cups of water
  • plant based milk to taste coconut milk, almond milk depending on how creamy you want it, see notes
  • ½ teaspoon of fresh nutmeg grated, use less if you don't care for too much nutmeg see notes
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks or leaves (use 2) if you have them
  • Vegan condensed milk sweeten to taste
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut sugar optional


  • Grate both of the roasted chocolate balls into a fine powder on a plate.
  • Also grate the nutmeg and combine with the chocolate
  • Bring a saucepan of water along with the cinnamon stick/leaves to the boil.
  • Once the water has boiled, add the chocolate and reduce the heat to medium/low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the almond or coconut milk to taste and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Once the tea is ready use a slotted spoon to discard the cinnamon stick/leaves
  • Sweeten to taste with the vegan condensed milk (add additional nutmeg if required)
  • Strain and pour the chocolate into a cup and serve


  • If you don't want to grate the chocolate you can skip this step and simply dissolve the balls/stick in the boiling water on the stove.
  • If you don't care for creaminess use only 1 cup or less of plant based milk. 2 cups make a very creamy chocolate drink.
  • It is normal for the chocolate to destabilize, just give it a stir.
  • Always do a taste test, as you may want to adjust prior to serving.
  • If you can't get hold of cinnamon leaves, you can compensate by adding an additional cinnamon stick.
  • Some people prefer to leave out the milk and just sweeten with condensed milk once the chocolate has boiled/melted.
  • You may want to add your nutmeg once the tea is almost ready rather than the beginning stages - I add mine during the initial stages and some more after it's done.
  • This particular chocolate is sold in the form of balls or sticks.
  • Feel free to add any additional spices along with the cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Use any plant based milk that you see fit - almond and coconut work best
  • Discard the cinnamon leaves/stick(s) prior to serving
  • You can add the condensed milk during or after the tea is ready, it's just a matter of preference.
  • Don't forgot to strain the tea
  • Use my vegan Condensed Milk if you want to.
  • Suitable for vegans, paleo approved and free from gluten


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 1mg