Hot Cocoa


Yummy Hot Cocoa

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. 

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One Comment on “Hot Cocoa

Fresh Raw Almond Milk
11/07/2013 at 12:14 pm

[…] over from making almond milk. So I broke down and did it! Now I am making it regularly to use in hot cocoa, in chia porridge and […]


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