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Rich and Creamy Hot Cocoa

Rich and Creamy Hot Cocoa

Serves: 4

Category: Desserts
Author: Craig Ayers
Tags: Kid-Friendly

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Warm up with a mug of this delicious hot cocoa. If you like, add some cinnamon, a dash of peppermint extract or even a pinch of cayenne!

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1 cup pitted dates
3 cups soy, hemp or almond milk
2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup raw cashews


Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until hot. Add additional non-dairy milk if needed to adjust consistency.

For different flavors, add peppermint extract, cinnamon, cayenne, or orange extract. Also delicious without the cashews.

Calories 251; Protein 8 g; Carbohydrates 42 g; Total Fat 8.1 g; Saturated Fat 1.5 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 88 mg; Fiber 4.6 g; Beta-Carotene 6 ug; Vitamin C 0 mg; Calcium 250 mg; Iron 2.3 mg; Folate 11 ug; Magnesium 89 mg; Zinc 1.7 mg; Selenium 7.9 ug

Comments (12):



10/30/2013 09:37 PM

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Highly recommended recipe. It even matches the color of commercial hot cocoa.

If you do not have a ready-made milk, use water and raw almonds, almond butter, or hemp seeds.


11/02/2013 01:27 PM

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This is amazingly delicious! It definitely is creamy. It was mousse like. This will become a must have on cold days.


12/31/2013 07:04 AM

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This recipes tastes delicious. I did half of all the ingredients, used 6 dates and substituted the vanilla flavoring with a half of a vanilla bean, pulp scraped out. It made about (3) 6oz cups. My kids and I enjoyed this one a lot! So creamy!


01/31/2014 03:14 PM

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Absolutely delicious! The only downside is the high calorie content which makes for a bad conscience when having this.

Elaine Garces

02/28/2014 07:11 PM

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Wow! This is delicious. Every time I have this my desire for coffee goes away. Very, very satisfying. My husband and I didn't eat lunch until much later than usual every time we have this.


03/11/2014 09:09 PM

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Yummy! I made it with 1/3 of each ingredient and it made a large serving for one. It was actually a little thicker than I am used to for cocoa so next time I will just leave out the cashews. My dates had been soaking in the fridge so were very soft and the cocoa came out absolutely smooth. Also I used freshly-made hot soy milk. It's very filling!


04/17/2014 10:32 PM

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This is soooo good. I can't stop feeling guilty for having such a rich drink.


09/05/2015 05:04 PM

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Delicious! My kids loved it, too! I'm glad to have an alternative to the packaged hot chocolate mixes that we used to use.


12/12/2016 04:45 PM

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This is the first healthy hot chocolate recipe I have tried that turned out good!  My kids loved it and commented that it tasted as if there were already  a bunch of marshmallow melted right in there!  We used Three Trees unsweetened almond milk.



12/15/2016 10:01 AM

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01/13/2017 08:15 PM

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Just yum! Amazing hot chocolate. It has the consistency of a really good drinking chocolate- waaaay better than any hot cocoa on the market. 


01/19/2017 04:01 PM

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I love this on a cold winter night! For me it is 9 dates & 4 TBSP cocoa.