Your guide to the best dairy-free christmas hot drinks

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IT’S CHRISTMAS! Well, almost, but it’s nearer enough for us to abandon all normal food and drink and refuse to consume anything unless it’s festive. However, that’s where us dairy-free folk fall short! Almost all festive drinks are packed with whipped cream and milk-leaving us with a lonely peppermint tea on the menu. Yet, fear not-I’ve got a round-up of the best festive drinks for you to try- whether you’re drinking out or curling up in front of the sofa.

 

DRINKING OUT

Costa Coffee.

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This is an amazingly detailed post outlining what to order when vegan at Costa.  But to summarise….

  • Gingerbread, caramel and hazelnut lattes made with soya milk are all vegan.
  • None of the speciality hot chocolates are dairy-free. The guide says that hot chocolate without whipped cream and with soya milk IS vegan, but I can’t find this confirmed in Costa’s Allergy guide.
  • However, Costa’s mince pie is gluten-free and vegan-which makes up for it somewhat!

Starbucks

Starbucks isn’t the best for festive spirit either- none of the hot chocolates are dairy-free. However, lots of the syrups are-including caramel, gingerbread and toffee nut.

Cafe Nero’s hot chocolate is also vegan when using soya milk (thanks for this tip Carly from Gluten Free B)

HOT CHOCOLATE MIXES

Coco Libra-Dairy and soya free

These dark chocolate drinking flakes are just like a vegan version of Cadbury’s flake! Simply add 3-4 teaspoons to your favourite hot drink- or just eat from the spoon like I do!

Brontie&Co-Dairy and soya free

I am a massive fan of Brontie&Co’s chocolate-the packaging is beautiful and it’s all handmade. It comes in all sorts of flavours so I was so excited when I saw they were launching a super healthy hot chocolate. This is one of the healthiest I’ve seen and it’s a combination of organic cacao, organic coconut sugar and superfood powder lucuma!

Jaz n Jules-Dairy and soya free

Beyond the supermarket: Innovative dairy-free independent brands

These are quite possibly the most festive dairy-free hot chocolates I’ve seen yet! They serve vegan hot chocolate and cake in their flagship cafe in Islington! But you can also buy Jaz&Jules online too! Flavours include gingerbread, cinnamon rose and chocolate orange.

Finally, I just wanted to share this vegan Bailey’s hot chocolate recipe

 

 

from the lovely Sarah (from Gluten-Free Blogger)

FESTIVE TEAS (Both dairy and soya free)

Teapigs Winter Red Tea

Teapigs is my favourite herbal tea brand and I am in love with this spiced winter red tea– a mix of rooibos, orange peel, cinnamon and cloves.I’ve been drinking in since October!

Hoogly

Hoogly are another herbal tea favourite of mine! I’m currently obsessed with their spiced orange herbal tea but I’ve also just ordered their Danish Pastry herbal tea! (the closest I’ll get being gluten-free!)

 

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