19 Oct 2012

raw hot chocolate

i've made this before but this recipe is simpler. if you thinking eating raw means you can't have hot chocolate... think again, my friend! an added bonus (and a pattern in the raw food diet) is that this is guilt-free and in fact - healthy. if you've ever heard david wolfe ranting about how cacao is gonna save the world and our collective health then you'll understand.

although i'm comfortable chillin on the fence when it comes to the question of wolfe's genuineness; i do love chocolate. some say cacao is poisonous to humans and shouldn't be consumed at all. all i know is that mayans have been enjoying it for thousands of years and it tastes pretty dang YUMMY. you just can't make me give up chocolate. too bad.

anyway, just as many people offer up that cacao is a superfood and should be eaten like a vitamin supplement everyday. until the evidence is conclusive, you can find me sipping delicious vegan hot chocolate on rainy nights in my living room.

(if you actually come to my house and find me i'd be a little scared though.)


raw hot chocolate: serves two

6 pitted medjool dates
3-4 cups nut milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder (careful with this...)
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2-3 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (optional)

note: the cinnamon, cayenne and vanilla are optional but i really recommend them. warm the nut milk on the stove then add it and all the other ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. pour into mugs, cuddle up with a loved one and enjoy! you could add some peppermint or candy canes to this too. 

20 comments:

  1. I'm making this as soon as I.get home

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    1. hehe good plan ;)
      by the way - LOVE your website. what a refreshing idea and lifestyle.

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  2. Beyond yum! Great blog, Emily.

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  3. Well I hope no one actually stops by (well that you don't know) that is creepy.

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    1. hahaha not to worry, annette. i was safely undisturbed as i drank my hot cacao.

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  4. It’s only fair to tell you that I’ve made this everyday since you posted it. Thank you!!! And also, I’ve tried many different iterations and yours is the one everyone at home likes, including my babies. I find that raw cacao powder works best (2Tbsp per 4 cups nut milk), it seems that the nibs are bit on the bitter side, or maybe it’s just me. So well done!

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    1. Thanks so much, Analia :) Wonderful to hear everyone likes it!
      Hmm, yes I agree with you but I just had nibs at the time which is why I put them in the recipe. I think I will change it now. Thanks!

      xox, em

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  5. I mad this today, I tweaked the amount of ingredients to make a single serving, let me just say, WOW, beyond yummie!!!! best I have ever had, better than cows milk hot chocolate, thank you for you amazing recipes!!

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    1. darn typos, thank you for "your" recipes!
      made--

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  6. Great recipe! Thanks for posting. We just had for the first time...it was RAWSOME! Used coconut milk and flax milk in lieu of nut milk. We also figured up (with milk option changed) that it's about 300 calories per serving, in case that helps anyone.

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  7. Delicious! Thank you! I added Young Living cinnamon bark....WOW! Next time I may add peppermint or orange....

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  8. Hey Emily
    Thank u soooo much for your great blog ! I am diagnosed with PCOS and I am trying to be raw vegan ! I was wondering if I should worry about the calories of the food like this raw hot chocolate which looks sooooo yummy I can't wait to make !!!
    Please let me know , thank you

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    1. I personally don't think you need to worry because all the ingredients are great for you. Just don't drink an entire jug! :) In any case, it's about how you FEEL, so try recipes like this out and pay attention to how they affect you and your body.

      Em

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  9. OMG Emily, this is amazing, I have died and gone to heaven. Now I'm just trying to stop myself from drinking the entire jug. I just threw it all in the Vitamix, and let that heat it up. You're right about the cayenne, I did less than you recommended, nice little warmth!! Thanks so much! Catherine

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  10. Super yummy. Me, my Mom, and best friend Victor loved it. I added more cinnamon to my cup. And didn't add the cayenne powder (we had none), nor the coconut oil. But it STILL worked out beautifully. Thank you Emily! Cheers*

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  11. just made this IT IS AMAZING!!!

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