whipped chocolate latte with cashew milk in a cup

This whipped chocolate recipe is a coffee-free twist on the viral Dalgona coffee trend! Perfect for non-coffee drinkers that still want to enjoy this fluffy delicious drink. Easily made eggless and vegan thanks to aquafaba.

whipped chocolate with non dairy milk in a cut stirred

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of dalgona coffee by now. If you haven’t (where have you been?!), I have a Ultimate Dalgona Coffee Guide posted for this viral drink covering all the frequently asked questions, what it is, how to make it, variations and helpful tips and tricks to making it.

If you haven’t jumped on the dalgona coffee bandwagon yet and it’s because you don’t like coffee, you’re in for a real treat cause today, we’re making a coffee free chocolate version!

Yes, you heard right. Whipped coffee is now a thing and it’s pretty bomb diggity.

Originally, in my guide I did mention that you could swap the cocoa powder for the instant coffee and increase the amount of liquid (in which case I did suggest using a creamy milk). However, I did have quite a few people request a chocolate and matcha version that fluffs up more like the original dalgona coffee.

I did some research and found that dalgona matcha was a thing where people basically whipped egg whites– basically like a meringue.

Instantly, aquafaba came to mind because I know how magically aquafaba whips up for vegan macarons and meringues. I did a couple tests with different ratios and after many cups of dalgona-ish chocolate, I got the perfect ratio that:

  • doesn’t weigh down the aquafaba air bubbles
  • holds its fluffy-ness
  • isn’t overly sweet but rich in chocolate flavour
  • and keeps in the fridge for an entire day!
dalgona chocolate ingredients on a marble top with aquafaba, cocoa powder and powdered sugar

All you need are 4 ingredients:

  • Aquafaba: The liquid from canned chickpeas. Don’t be turned off, I personally think it’s way better than raw egg whites… but be sure to used no salt added chickpeas!
  • Confectioners Sugar: I tried it with granulated sugar, maple syrup, dissolving sugar in hot water and confectioners sugar and found that confectioners sugar worked the best. You can easily make powdered sugar by blending granulated sugar in a high speed blender. However, you can use granulated sugar but it does take a bit more time to whip up.
  • Cocoa Powder: use a high quality cocoa or cacao powder here.
  • Cream of Tartar: a small amount really helps hold its peaks and helps it last longer.
whipping aquafaba and cocoa powder in a bowl

How to Make Whipped Chocolate

Once you have all the ingredients, whip the aquafaba until peaks form. This takes anywhere from 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong your electric mixer or stand mix is. I do recommend using a larger bowl for this version vs. a jar just because you’ll need to sift the other ingredients in.

Peaks are when you remove the mixer and you get a little mountain that doesn’t instantly deflate down. Once you achieve that consistency, sift in the cream of tartar and whip for another minute.

Then sift in the powdered sugar and continue whipping for another minute. And then sift in the cocoa powder and whip until super frothy! For me, using a electric hand mixer it takes about 3 minutes.

whipping cocoa powder and aquafaba in a bowl with electric mixer

Now, time to assemble the drinks.

To make a chocolate latte:

  • Cold Chocolate Latte: Add instant coffee and hot water into a cup (or just 1 shot of espresso) with 1 tbsp of sugar and stir until dissolved. Then add a cup of ice and slowly stream in the non dairy milk. This helps create the pretty latte the layers! If you don’t care for the layers, you can totally be aggressive with the milk pouring. Then just top it off with the whipped chocolate and serve!
  • Hot Chocolate Latte: Add 1 cup of warm milk into a cup with a shot of espresso (or 2 tsp instant coffee). Stir until combined and then top with the whipped chocolate.

To make whipped hot chocolate (coffee-free):

  • Cold Version: Add ice and milk to a cup and then top it off with the whipped coffee. Serve with some chocolate shavings to be extra fancy.
  • Hot Version: Add warmed milk in to a cup and then top with whipped coffee. Throw in some marshmallows for extra deliciousness.

And there you go, 4 different ways to enjoy this whipped chocolate. Honestly though, the combo possibilities are endless because what doesn’t go well with chocolate? You could even get creative and put it on top of desserts like brownies or cakes! YUM.

adding whipped chocolate on top of a iced latte

Tips & Tricks

  • Use a Electric Hand Mixer or Stand Mix: With dalgona coffee, you can use your hand but for this recipe I highly recommend using an appliance for best results. You can also try a hand held milk frother but it may not come out as fluffy.
  • Sift the Ingredients: This helps break up any clumps of cocoa or powdered sugar that can affect visual appearance and weigh down the aquafaba foam faster.

If you have anymore questions regarding dalgona drinks, check out my Ultimate Guide to Dalgona Coffee It may be answered there!

top shot of iced vegan hot chocolate

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whipping cocoa powder and aquafaba in a bowl with electric mixer

Vegan Dalgona Chocolate

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


A coffee-free twist on the famous Dalgona Coffee: Dalgona Chocolate! Perfect for hot chocolate or chocolate lattes.


Units Scale

Dalgona Chocolate

Coffee Layer (Optional)

To Serve

  • 1 cup non dairy milk, cold or heated (240ml)
  • cocoa powder for dusting on top
  • chocolate shavings for garnish


Dalgona Chocolate

  1. Using a stand mix or hand held mixer, whip aquafaba in a medium to large bowl until stiff peaks form. 
  2. Sift in the cream of tar tar and continue to whip for another 1 minute. Sift in powdered sugar and whip for another minute. Lastly, sift in the cocoa powder and sift for another 2 minutes, or until soft peaks form. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed. 

To Make a Latte

  1. Add instant coffee, hot water and 1 tbsp of sugar into a cup and mix until sugar is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup of ice and then slowly pour in the non dairy milk to achieve layers of coffee and milk. If you want a warm latte, omit the ice. Top with whipped chocolate and serve. 

To Make Whipped Hot Chocolate

  1. Hot Version: Warm up 1 cup of non dairy milk and then add whipped chocolate on top. 
  2. Cold Version: Add 1 cup of ice to a glass and pour in 1 cup of milk. Then top it off with whipped chocolate. 

To Freeze

  1. Transfer whipped chocolate into ice cube trays or a freezer safe container. When ready, pop the whipped chocolate out of the ice cube trays (or scoop it out of the container) and add to any drink! 


  • *To make your own confectioners sugar (also called icing or powdered sugar): blend 1/2 cup of granulated sugar until fine and powdery. 
  • Helpful Equipment: stand mixer, electric hand mixer, spatula, ice cube trays 
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer) for just the dalgona chocolate. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: beverages
  • Method: mixer
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, korean


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 62
  • Sugar: 11.3g
  • Sodium: 2.75mg
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.25g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 15.2g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0


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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. Help! Things were going great until I added the cocoa powder. It was light and fluffy but once I added Hershey Cocoa- special dark, it turned completely to liquid and wouldn’t change.

  2. A delicious and easy to make whipped chocolate recipe i have ever tried. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. Also check out my special whipped hot chocolate recipe as well.

  3. Wow how delicious and foolproof! I loved it and am so proud it worked – your blog posts are really informative! Thanks for sharing this easy & light coffee alternative, Lisa 🤎

  4. It was so fluffy and delicious! I kept it in the fridge for two days and used it to top milk and coffee. Thank you for posting!