Matcha fans unite. This creamy, matcha white hot chocolate is so perfectly indulgent and is a nice way to switch up your hot beverage routine.

Vegan Matcha White Hot Chocolate

We’re already a few weeks into winter, which means it’s officially full-on comfort food season. Hearty soups and stews are simmering on every stove, and warm beverages are being brewed by the barrel. For many, the warming drink of choice is coffee or even red wine to give them the warm and fuzzies. Me, I like to channel my inner child and sip on hot chocolate, sometimes with homemade marshmallows when I really want to treat myself.

When you grow up in blistering cold conditions that lingers for 6 months of the year, you either learn to embrace it, or close your shutters and hibernate until you hear the robins singing. Since I was always a “get outside and be active no matter what the weather” kind of kid, hot chocolate became an extension of my arm during the winter months.

There was nothing better than sipping on a piping hot, chocolaty drink after an afternoon skate. Well, that and peeling off my skates and having the circulation return to my feet. If there’s one thing uncle’s are good for, it’s making sure your skates will never ever come undone, ever. I’m surprised they’re not still stuck to my feet, 20 years later.

Vegan Matcha White Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate is very different from what I used to sip on after a skate on the pond as a kid. Matcha was nowhere to be found in my home or even in my vocabulary as a child, but, boy have I made up for that in recent years. Matcha and white chocolate are a match made in dessert heaven.

White chocolate is typically overly sweet, milky and indulgent, and when a touch of the bitter matcha powder is added to the mix, it really tones down the overall sweetness, creating the perfect balance.

Since white chocolate contains milk, and I like to try and keep things on the dairy free side over here, I decided to create the flavor from scratch. Raw cashew butter and coconut milk are great at mimicking a dairy flavor. When they team up with cacao butter and maple syrup, you’re in for a white chocolate treat.

Vegan Matcha White Hot Chocolate

Vegan Matcha White Hot Chocolate
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 15g Cacao Butter*
  2. 2 cups (500ml) Coconut Milk, or other non-dairy milk
  3. ⅓ cup (80ml) Maple Syrup
  4. ¼ cup (65g) Raw Cashew Butter
  5. 1 tsp (1.5g) Matcha Powder
  6. 1 tsp (5ml) Pure Vanilla Extract
  7. Pinch of Salt
Instructions
  1. Chop your cocoa butter into slivers (or use a microplane zester) and add to a medium sized pot with remaining ingredients. Gently heat over medium-high heat and whisk. Once hot, blend using an immersion blender or upright blender until the cashew butter is incorporated. Pour into two mugs and serve.
Notes
  1. *If you don't have a scale to measure the cacao butter, it's equivalent to about ⅛ cup when chopped into slivers.
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40 thoughts on “Vegan Matcha White Hot Chocolate”

    1. Hehe thanks. I haven’t found a dairy free white chocolate I liked, so making the flavor from scratch seemed like the way to go.

  1. I love learning new ways to incorporate matcha into recipes. This one is definitely a winner. I live in Miami so I really don’t have that freezing winter excuse to drink hot chocolate, but, i still drink it hahaha. If it’s snowing up north, then I can drink hot chocolate here, that’s my logic hehehe!! Anyway, ummm can you please tell me more about those homemade marshmallows?

    1. Haha, that’s the spirit. No excuse necessary, just drink. 🙂 Ooooh the marshmallows are dreamy. I’m still working on getting a recipe just right using agar powder to make them vegan. It’s one of those recipes that I only work on once every six months, then take a break when I get sick of marshmallows. Haha. But, if you do eat gelatin, there’s a great paleo matcha marshmallow recipe I would recommend over at flashfictionkitchen.com

  2. Mmmm Matcha white hot chocolate! I love matcha! I am sure this would be very delicious. Recently someone told me to put peppermint flavour in my hot chocolate and that was delicious. I can’t wait to try this!

  3. Pinned an book marked! I have been looking for a vegan white chocolate recipe! I never had Matcha before but I will be trying this recipe!

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