Vegan Hot Chocolate (Cocoa)

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OMG OMG!! I AM SO EXCITED!! Today has been so productive with making food I’ve been putting off for about a week. I think for this, I just didn’t want to deal with waiting 30 minutes to an hour for the cashews and almonds to soak, but I really wanted to make it today, cos this has been on my mind forever.

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I am happy to say that this was a MAJOR success. I cannot get over just HOW MUCH this tastes exactly the same (or even better) than hot chocolate. It’s seriously a miracle, that cashew and almonds combined with water taste like milk. I don’t even know how it happens, or what makes the taste buds feel that they’re similar, but it is a MIRACLE!

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With mine, I only heated it for about 4 minutes as I didn’t like it too hot, but if you like yours to be the real deal (hot chocolate), you can even heat it until it boils.

But seriously, I AM JUST over the moon. THIS IS LIKE HOT CHOCOLATE, the real thing!!

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For this, you would probably want to blend it as much as you can until there’s no lumps, otherwise the dates may not dissolve properly and you may end up with bits and pieces of sweetness, but the rest may not be really sweet. That’s also why I decided to add a tiny bit of maple syrup.

Note: For the dates, I used the small ones, not the large medjool types.

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Vegan Hot Chocolate (Cocoa)

1/4 cup whole cashews, pre-soaked
1/4 cup whole almonds (I used roasted), pre-soaked
2 cups purified water
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon lucuma
1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon cacao nibs
6 pitted dates
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
A small pinch Himalayan/sea salt

Soak the cashews and almonds in water for at least 30 minutes. An hour or two is the best though.

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After the nuts have been soaked, drain out all the water and place it in a blender, along with the water, cacao powder, lucuma, extra virgin coconut oil, cacao nibs and dates.

Blend on full speed for until everything becomes a complete liquid.

Pour it out onto a small saucepan and turn the heat on high-medium high (6). Add a teaspoon of maple syrup, vanilla extract and a small pinch of salt.

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Whisk it around and let the liquid heat up to your desired temperature, which should take about 3-6 minutes.

Pour it into a glass and add a tiny bit of cacao powder and cacao nibs as topping if desired. Drink while it’s warm!

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Vegan Hot Chocolate (Cocoa)
Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup whole cashews, pre-soaked
  • ¼ cup whole almonds (I used roasted), pre-soaked
  • 2 cups purified water
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A small pinch Himalayan/sea salt

Instructions
  1. Soak the cashews and almonds in water for at least 30 minutes. An hour or two is the best though.
  2. After the nuts have been soaked, drain out all the water and place it in a blender, along with the water, cacao powder, lucuma, extra virgin coconut oil, cacao nibs and dates.
  3. Blend on full speed for until everything becomes a complete liquid.
  4. Pour it out onto a small saucepan and turn the heat on high-medium high (6). Add a teaspoon of maple syrup, vanilla extract and a small pinch of salt.
  5. Whisk it around and let the liquid heat up to your desired temperature, which should take about 3-6 minutes.
  6. Pour it into a glass and add a tiny bit of cacao powder and cacao nibs as topping if desired. Drink while it’s warm!


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3 comments

  1. dederka

    holy molly the pictures are amazing. i’ve never had lucerna, i think it’s about time to look for it. i’m definitely trying this sometime soon. have a nice sunday!

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