There is nothing like a hot creamy cup of hot chocolate for when you need a bit of winter comfort. This recipe takes minutes and is raw, dairy free, gluten free, vegan and sweetened just by dates. The final drink looks impressive with a foamy top, but this is just naturally created with the warm water unlike the additives used in drinking chocolate. This healthy hot chocolate is full of whole foods, heart healthy fats, minerals and vitamins.
The final drink is at just the right drinking temperature after making, about 40 degrees so make as soon as your ready for it. The raw cacao gives a rich deep flavour and the complex compounds in cacao are said to have many health benefits.
You can make this from regular cocoa if you like. The difference is that cocoa powder has been roasted, but many of the health benefits are likely to still be present and it’s just as deliciously satisfying.
Raw Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Total time: 5m
- Yield: 2 mugs
- Calories: 120 cal
- 2 tbsp cashews
- 1 tbsp dates, pitted
- 1 tbsp cacao / cocoa powder
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup hot water, just boiled
How to make
- Blend together everything apart from the hot water in a small blending jug.
- When this is smooth pour into your serving glass.
- Pour over boiled water and enjoy this drink immediately.
- You can keep the raw hot chocolate paste in the fridge for a few days and pour hot water on top when you’re ready to enjoy.
Raw Hot Chocolate Video Recipe
If you like a bit more spice in your hot drinks then add ½ tsp of cayenne pepper or cinnamon or both! These spices both work great with chocolate to give a bit of a kick. If you’re following the raw food diet then I would suggest to incorporate as many spices as possible during the winter months to help you feel warm from the inside.
If you are looking to cut out caffeine all together then just replace the cacao / cocoa with carob powder. Carob has a similar chocolate taste but is caffeine free. Carob also contains lots of anti-oxidants, a decent amount of fibre and double the calcium that cocoa / cacao contains. If I’m having this drink in the evening I always make it with carob as I find the caffeine in cocoa affects my sleep if I consume it within 6-8 hours of bedtime.