Vermont Nut-Free Cocoa Powder: Allergy-friendly Hot Chocolate, and Vegan (soy-free!) Chocolate Pudding Recipe


I’m part Swiss. Did I ever mention that? In fact, I’m a Swiss Citizen (dual).  Yup, that’s right, just call me “Heidi”. What do Swiss people like more than anything?  Well more than anything other than a good watch, and neutral politics? And perhaps a good army knife?  HOT CHOCOLATE.  That’s right.  Thick, complex, rich, and so chocolaty that it’s almost like it’s just a melted cup of chocolate.

But it’s not easy to replicate this type of hot chocolate with most of the cocoa  powders you find at the store.  Imagine how delighted I was when Vermont Nut Free Chocolate sent me a care package! Not only are all their chocolate products manufactured in a dedicated nut-free facility, this cocoa powder rivals Valrhona.  Dark, robust, with a full spectrum of flavor.  It made the best hot cocoa I’ve tasted, since, well, since sitting on the hill in Lausanne, drinking a hot chocolaty bowl of heaven with my mother 10 years ago.  Thanks, Vermont Nut Free!  You just rocked my world!  Oh yeah, and my kids were pretty thrilled too. (They added the marshmallows. I’m a purist, when it comes to anything chocolate).

Allergy-Friendly Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

  • 2 cups dairy-free milk of choice
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons Vermont Nut Free Cocoa Powder
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons evaporated cane juice or granulated sugar (try Wholesome Sweeteners)

1. Combine 2  cups dairy-free milk, cocoa powder, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk well,   until slightly frothy. Keep just below a boil, bring to a “scald”.  Remove from heat.

Vegan (soy-free!) Chocolate Pudding

Serves 4

This pudding was such a hit with my kids that my older son tried stealing his brother’s portion after he finished his own. You might want to double the recipe if you have more than one child.


  • 2 3/4 cups rice milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Vermont Nut Free  Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (Vermont Nut Free also makes yummy chocolate chips, which are nut-free, but please note they contain soy lecithin)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cornstarch (or tapioca starch, or arrowroot starch, or potato starch)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cognac, or brandy, or rum (optional)
  • Fresh raspberries, optional

1. Combine 2 1/2 cups rice milk, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk well,   heating until the chocolate chips are completely melted and combined with the rice milk. Keep just below a boil, to “scald” rice milk. Remove from heat.

2. In a bowl, combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Whisk well.

3. Add remaining 1/4 cup rice milk to cornstarch mixture, stirring until smooth.

4. Add to rice milk/chocolate mixture, stirring with a whisk. Continue whisking until pudding thickens to the consistency that it coats the back of a metal spoon.

5. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract (and cognac).

6. Divide evenly among 4 ramekins or custard cups. Chill. Serve as is or topped with fresh raspberries.

Vegan (soy-free!) Chocolate Pudding
© 2010 by Cybele Pascal

13 Responses

  1. Mary Lenahan says:

    YUM! I can’t wait to try the Vermont Nut Free Cocoa! Last year I received your Allergen Free Baker’s Handbook as a Christmas gift from my husband and daughter, and I am so excited to have so many wonderful, yummy recipes to make for the holidays this year! Thank you, Cybele, for all you do for families with food allergies, Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance. You have taken cooking and baking allergen free to a wonderful level of excellence, and we are truly grateful.

    All my best,

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    Hi Mary:

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  8. Michele says:

    Love the hot cocoa recipe.

    Where did you find allergy-friendly marshmallows?

    I almost suggested marshmallow as a recipe challenge a while back! I found a recipe I think can be adapted to be corn- and gluten- free but I have not even attempted to tackle it as it looks like a lot of work and I haven’t wanted marshmallows badly enough to go through making them ; )

    However, there could be other uses for marshmallows other than JUST for hot chocolate (although that would sure be delicious! I do miss marshmallows on the hot chocolate!) Chocolate-covered marshmallows… allergy-friendly “Peeps”… etc… Mmmmm….

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  10. SarahB says:

    The hot cocoa and the pudding both look yummy! I will have to give both a try! 🙂

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