Non-Dairy Cinnamon Roll Hot Chocolate

On a crisp fall evening, the only thing better than a steaming mug of hot chocolate is a steaming mug of cinnamon roll hot chocolate topped with homemade caramel sauce. Seriously, cold weather in the South doesn’t give me a whole lot to look forward to. No snow, no snowboarding, no sledding, no ice skating, no snowmen, but I still like it because I don’t have to make any apologies about my hot chocolate obsession. It makes me happy when skies are gray.

The reason I love this cinnamon roll hot chocolate, should be pretty obvious. You already know how I feel about hot chocolate, and adding the deliciousness of cinnamon rolls is icing on the cake, err cinnamon roll. It’s amazing. Of course serving this delicious drink with a freshly baked batch of cinnamon rolls is brilliant.

A Match Made in Heaven

This recipe got me thinking about my marriage. Lance and I are totally different people who come from very different backgrounds to make a perfectly imperfect blend that we call ‘family’. We all bring something with us from our family of origin, and we usually don’t realize how big of an impact it can really make. Case in point: Cinnamon rolls.

Here’s a glimpse into how different our cinnamon roll experiences are and how it has shaped our relationship. My husband was raised on canned cinnamon rolls. Every Saturday morning his family literally popped open a couple cans of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, topped them with butter and icing, and that was their weekend breakfast tradition.

I had never tasted a canned cinnamon roll until I met Lance’s parents. In the first 20 years of my life, the only cinnamon rolls my family ever had were made by strictly following my grandmother’s homemade recipe. You can only imagine how our vastly different perspectives on cinnamon rolls have impacted us. It’s serious.

The good news is that in last couple of years we discovered Annie’s Cinnamon Rolls, and it has been game changer. Whenever that old fashioned canned cinnamon roll craving comes around, Annies is our go to solution.

Whose Job Is it Anyway?

The other part about marriage that this recipe reminds me of is that age old division of responsibilities. Lance and I always enjoyed cooking together. However, since there’s more than just the two of us living here these days, cooking together is a luxury. What’s really important to know is who is going to make the hot chocolate and who is going to bake the cinnamon rolls. The lines are clear. There’s a few things that Lance usually makes: gravy, hashbrowns, and hot chocolate. That leaves baked goods to me.

When we’re not popping Annie’s take and bake rolls into the oven, this here is my go to cinnamon roll recipe.

Perfectly Blended

Okay, enough about my cinnamon roll obsession and matrimonial analogies. Let’s get down to business and make some killer cinnamon roll hot chocolate! NOTE, the caramel sauce I make to top this steamy hot cup of goodness is right here. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Hot Chocolate

Mix and Enjoy
Servings 2 people


  • 3 cup Almond Milk I prefer homemade
  • 3 tbsp Cacao or Carob Powder
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup sweeten to taste
  • pinch Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dandies Marshmallows
  • 3 tbsp Caramel Sauce drizzle over top