1 Dec 2014

HOT CACAO with CINNAMON, COCONUT + DATES


Fall is upon us and nothing feels more appropriate when I finally get home after these busy, rainy days than a big ole mug of hot chocolate. Make that raw, vegan and super easy to make and you got me head over heels in love with it. I wonder if Freud would have something to say about how frequently I compare my food to romantic lovers. Just a moment ago I was telling my dinner (homemade green curry with baked eggplant, greens and Israeli couscous) that I was seriously considering leaving Jack in order to go steady with the curry. I regularly kiss and hug my fruits and veggies before eating them, and at any hour of the day if you entered my brain you would notice countless love signals being transmitted to the nearest edible plant. I thought I wanted to marry my record player, but when it comes down to it, my ideal spouse might be an avocado. Or mango. Dammit. Is fruit polygamy legal? 

I JUST LOVE MY FOOD SO MUCH. 

Frankly I wish everyone would be as stoked about their diet as I am (although perhaps not so much with the desire to wed everything they're about to put in their mouth.) I see people around me all the time eating bland, boring, processed foods that they clearly find no enjoyment or excitement in. What's the deal!? If I am about to literally BECOME something, I gotta 100% adore that thing! My cells are going to be reconstructed from the matter I put into my body, so that matter better be the highest quality, freshest, sexiest stuff around. Otherwise, no thanks. Of course I am saying this from my privileged seat in a [relatively] developed country wherein I always have access to organic fruits and veggies AND the budget for them; I am aware it's a restricted category of humans that have these advantages. Nevertheless the people who I see eating these drab, refined, personality-less "foods" are  virtually always in the same social cohort I am, and so they can most likely afford to eat the way I do.  Why don't they? At the end of the day it seems to come down to education. Folks simply are not taught - in school or popular culture - that their diet can be a major source of joy, compassion, environmental sustainability, self-improvement and long-term wellness. Whatta bummer! So until every last person discovers the pure, holistic bliss that can come with a plate of food, I will not stop blogging!

Without further ado, go ahead and enjoy this super easy and quick recipe for hot chocolate. And please, giggle with excitement as you drink it, because life is great. 


HOT CACAO with CINNAMON, COCONUT + DATES

For one or two people. 

2 cups ginger tea (or just hot water)
1 tablespoon cacao powder (or carob powder)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon power
1/4 cup dried shredded coconut 
1/4 cup dates 

Blend everything until smooth, then strain through a nut milk bag and pour into a mug. Roll the left over pulp in coconut sugar and hemp seeds and dehydrate for an hour (or bake lightly) to make coconut balls! Enjoy!

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22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heehee, love your "dirty" thoughts - but we ARE all already devout practitioners of fruit polygamy, legal or not :)

Thanks for this recipe. It will be my 2nd winter since adopting the largely raw veg diet (I still eat pastured organic eggs - sorry!). Am determined to make it an even more successful season than last year's by making more hot smoothies and warm meals. Just bought a vacuum container yesterday to pack my largely raw homemade meals to the office. Hope I'll thrive this winter!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I love that this is made with ginger tea! Delicious!

greenspiritadventures.org said...

Yum! This sounds so delicious and cozy - can't wait to try it!!
I'm also very glad to hear that someone loves their food as much as I do! I'm always walking around declaring my love for my vegetables!! :)

christine said...

And yet there are weird people out there who would rather pop a vitamin pill than sit down to enjoy a delicious meal - how sad:(

I love the fact that the "waste" is made into a tasty snack!!!! So clever:)

Anonymous said...

Hey Em, what is the ginger/water ratio that you used for this recipe? :D

Kelsey M said...

Wow this looks delish- I love the idea of using ginger tea!

Michaell @ Foodscape said...

Emily,
Your excitement for life and food is contagious! So much so, that I immediately got myself a cup of your perfect hot cacao.

I did make one change...I made it with nut mylk, put it in the vitamin on "soup mode" and drank it without straining. So yum! Thank you for making my cold, rainy night a little warmer.

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

LOVE this drink,and your beautiful pictures- thanks :)gonna make it when I get home from work. I too adore food, and I agree that it's lack of education that makes so few people vegan or even vegetarian. But I also have a theory that people are very unwilling to use food as a vehicle for protest about world hunger, the environment or animal rights issues. They will use fashion and hairstyles to make a statement and align with a particular group, but not often food. I think an inbuilt fear of hunger that's hard to override is the cause of this. What makes me feel sorry is that so many people are feeling guilty about what they eat because they are informed about food production, but they haven't the courage to change their diets to match their feelings and beliefs. guilt alone can make you ill, never mind diet. I was in that place once and I know how bad it feels.I blog to try to show people that veganism is really not about giving stuff up; it's a wonderful, varied and delicious way of life.

lori said...

Can I ask you what brand of cocoa powder do you use? I used Navitas Organic Cocoa powder but I recently found out that it has high levels of cadmium - per ConsumerLab.com. I'm concerned about heavy metal exposure.
Thank you.

Aqiyl aniys said...

Oh my, oh my, you are teasing my sweet tooth! Yummy!

Emily von Euw said...

@Lori - I like Prana Bio, Harmonic Arts and Rich Nature :)

Emily von Euw said...

@ANONYMOUS - 1-2 tablespoons ginger tea mix into 2 cups of hot water :)

vicky3619 said...

''Folks simply are not taught - in school or popular culture - that their diet can be a major source of joy, compassion, environmental sustainability, self-improvement and long-term wellness. Whatta bummer! ''
I was just telling this yesterday to my mother ! it's really too bad ! and I do hope one day it'll change ,that we'll all be more educated about all this ! :)

Anonymous said...

I. Love. You.
This just should not taste as good as it does! YUMMM!

Yolanda Quimby said...

I'm for fruit polygamy. I need hot chocolate now... you are a life saver!

Sarah said...

I miss "regular" hot chocolate so much, it's such a nice way to have a little sweet in the evening without going overboard...yay for your version! (I've tried the powdered vegan health food store versions, and they're just not the same.) And by the way, your cookbook is sold out at all the Chapters/Indigos around the Calgary core, way to go! Driving out towards the airport to pick 2 up this weekend (I've learned the hard way to buy your books in twos, as the first got "stolen" by my vegan daughter :)

Emily von Euw said...

@Sarah - aw you are the BEST <3

Gemma said...

The pictures are so beautiful, really! They look amazing! And I could have a cup of your hot cacao right now to make me feel better since I'm dealing with a nasty flu and my body is craving something tasty like this! <3
Excellent recipe!

Anonymous said...

What if I steeped fresh ginger in two cups of water. Any suggestions on how much ginger I should use.

Emily von Euw said...

@Anonymous - yeah if you slice it thin you shouldn't red more than 1 tablespoon or so :)

Amelia Axton said...

I just made this and its soooo good!!!! Thank you!! I just added a little fresh ginger in just before I blended it. YUM first hot chocolate I have had in 10 years since I gave up dairy!

Anonymous said...

This is soooo good!!! I have this at least three to four times per week. I use 2 cups of vanilla chai tea as the base instead of the ginger tea. I soak the vanilla chai tea bag in warm water as I throw the other ingredients into a blender, blend, strain the pulp out of it and scarf it down as it's still warm. It's the perfect chocolate fix. Thank you!!!!