Date-sweetened hot chocolate is the healthiest kid you can make. It’s also thick and creamy, and has a delicious carmely-sweet taste.
If you don’t like ginger, don’t add it. However, I love the spicy-sweet addition of ginger that seems to wake up the chocolate. If you don’t have dates, you can use maple syrup, honey, or any other type of sweetener. As you can tell, healthy hot chocolate is super versatile. All you really need is three ingredients: any type of milk, any type of cocoa powder, and any type of sweetener.
A milk frother or a whisk makes it nice and foamy on top, as you can see below! It also does an excellent job of breaking up clumps of cocoa powder if you don’t use a blender. Combine it with some homemade vegan hot chocolate mix, and you’ve got a really cozy, unique gift for just about anyone.
I use this fair-trade cacao powder, which I find at Costco for $10. It’s a nice big bag that lasts forever and is delicious. Fair-trade chocolate has become important to me since learning that most chocolate companies illegally employ children, sometimes as slaves. Buying fair-trade makes everything about chocolate sweet.
Delicious, nutritious hot chocolate that is thick, sweet, creamy with a really yummy (optional) touch of ginger.
- 2 soft medjool dates (or 1-2 TBSP of your favorite sweetener)
- 1 cup plant milk of choice
- 2 tsp cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 1 blip vanilla extract (about 1/2 tsp if you're into measuring)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/8-1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
If your dates are not soft, you may need to let it soak for a few minutes, then blend again. If you are not using dates, you can just stir it in a mug with a spoon instead of a blender.
Heat on the stove or the microwave.
I add a little extra milk or water until it's just the right temperature, and to make it last longer. Enjoy!
If you don't like ginger, omit it! You can use a drop of peppermint or almond extract, some cinnamon, a sprinkle of cayenne (spicy chocolate is a thing), or add some peanut butter. The variations are endless!
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