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Vegan Blender Hot Chocolate

Vegan Paleo Blender Hot Chocolate


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 3
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan hot chocolate is the perfect healthier treat to warm you up this winter and satisfy your chocolate fix.  It is sweetened naturally and refined sugar-free/paleo-friendly.  The blender is wonderful for keeping this recipe super simple and clump free.  The result is ultra rich and creamy with just the push of a button.  It is full of wholesome ingredients so you can feel good about every sip!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2.5 cups boiling water* 
  • 6 soft pitted Medjool dates (or 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup)**
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds (or raw cashews) OR 1 tablespoon raw creamy almond butter 
  • 2 tablespoons good quality unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)***
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt (to bring out all the flavors)

Optional Flavor Enhancers (choose one):

  • fresh mint leaves or a drop of peppermint extract
  • ground cinnamon

Optional Superfood Boosters (you won’t notice it):

  • 12 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 12 tablespoons chia seeds

Optional Garnishes:


Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth (about 40 seconds on the highest speed setting).  
  2. Taste and adjust sweetness if desired.  You can also add a drop of peppermint extract (or a couple fresh mint leaves) OR a pinch of cinnamon for a fun flavor twist.
  3. Pour into two mugs and serve piping hot.  Garnish with homemade coconut whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

Notes

* I use my stainless steel electric tea kettle to boil the water.  For an even creamier hot chocolate you can warm up your favorite plant-based milk and use that instead. You can warm on the stovetop in a pot or in the microwave.  

**The dates will make the hot cocoa thicker and give it a nice caramel flavor.  If you substitute with maple syrup just know it will have a slightly thinner consistency.  It is delicious either way – I just know not everyone always has dates on hand and maple syrup most definitely works here.

*** It is important to use a good quality cocoa powder.  My favorite unsweetened cocoa powder is Whole Foods 365 brand.  It is organic and fair-trade.  It has a rich, deep dark brown color which indicates a strong chocolate flavor.  Whenever I use anything else my kids notice the difference and don’t like it as much.  Same with me!

  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vegan paleo hot chocolate

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