RICH AND INDULGENT HEALTHY HOT CHOCOLATE
There is something homely and indulgent about sitting down with a blanket and a warm cup of hot chocolate.
Even in Summer!
Last week I shared my simple sugar-free hot chocolate recipe and this week I wanted to share a rich and indulgent healthy hot chocolate that’ll have you asking for more!
This healthy hot chocolate recipe is one you will want to have on the stove when guests are over.
The smell alone is divine, and just wait until you taste it.
It’s so thick and indulgent that it works as a stand-alone dessert Almost like chocolate mousse in liquid form.
The best part about this healthy hot chocolate isn’t it’s INCREDIBLE taste (that’s a total bonus). It’s the fact that it’s also SUGAR FREE, GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN-FRIENDLY. I’m all for delicious desserts but when they come with added health benefits you’ll find me jumping in excitement.
It makes for the perfect Holiday season dessert when sugary and fatty desserts are free-flowing. Swap out a few desserts with this healthy hot chocolate to keep your diet on track and your health in order.
If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand there are some simple substitutes that you can use instead. Bear in mind, however, that some of the substitutes will lower the nutritional quality.
- Cacao -> cocoa powder (definitely worth buying cacao powder in my opinion, it’s so useful and so delicious – also, try to look for ethically sourced cacao/cocoa, you can see why HERE)
- Dates -> 1 tbsp rice malt syrup per date (a low-fructose option)
- Coconut yogurt -> full fat yogurt (note that the recipe will no longer be dairy free or vegan with this sub)
- Almond milk/nut milk -> dairy milk (again, the recipe will no longer be dairy free or vegan – I don’t recommend this swap).
I highly recommend using a stick blender for this recipe given you are blending hot ingredients (sometimes placing hot liquid into a glass blender can end in shattered tears – literally – the glass can shatter).
The stick blender allows you to place the pot into a sink or safe space and blend (and also reduces washing up – bonus!). I use the Sunbeam stick blender and have had it for years now with no issues.
If you do decide to use a regular blender then PLEASE allow time for the hot chocolate to cool before attempting to blend.
Now snuggle up on the couch, pop on your favourite movie and sip away.
Rich and indulgent healthy hot chocolate
- 1 cup almond milk (or preferred nut/coconut milk)
- 2 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp cashew nuts (ideally soaked in water overnight)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch all spice
- Place a pot over low-medium heat and add the dates and water. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon to gently break up the dates;
- Once the dates have turned into a paste, add the almond milk, cashew nuts, cacao powder and spices. Simmer over a low-medium heat for 10 minutes or until the cashews are soft (soaking the cashews overnight will ensure they are soft);
- Remove the pot from the stove. Using a stick blender, blend the hot chocolate until smooth. Note that the hot chocolate will be extremely hot. I prefer to place in a cylinder before blending to ensure no hot splashes;
- Pour into a mug and finish with a dollop of coconut yogurt.
How to you take your hot chocolate? Can you still drink hot chocolate over Summer?