When I was little I used to have chocolate milk every night before I went to bed, made with Nestle's Quick. As an adult I would indulge in hot chocolate from time to time. When I went vegan I used almond milk instead of cow's milk. All was good.
When I starting eating a raw food diet I began to look for a suitable substitute. Nana Kwaku's special chocolate shake is very tasty but it doesn't quite fill that same place in my memory.
This week I discovered the Hot Chocolate recipe in Matt and Janabai Amsden's new book The Rawvolution Continues. (You can read my review of the book here.) With a tiny bit of adaption here is my raw Hot Cocoa recipe. If you are not concerned about eating all raw you can use store-bought almond milk.
- 1 cup nut milk
- 3 1/2 TBL coconut butter (I like Nutivia brand Coconut Manna.)
- 3 1/2 TBL raw cacao powder (use carob for a caffeine free version.)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- 2 pitted Medjool dates.
- 1/2 cup almost boiling water
Put all ingredients except the hot water in your blender and blend until very smooth. Fill your cups or mugs 2/3 full of mixture. Top off with hot water. Stir and serve.