We woke up to 8 inches of snow and after our walk and some snow shoveling, we were totally craving a warm mug of hot cocoa.
Honestly, I'd been mulling over how to make a sugar free, vegan hot chocolate for a while. My very skeptical non-vegan teenage test taster said it wasn't too bad (that's like winning the lottery), and she said I could probably sale it, she then suggested we move to Seattle and set up hot chocolate stand and hot cider stand. She's a funny one, but she asked for seconds and thirds.
This comes out warm and creamy and perfectly hits the spot of a great comfort food on a snowy day. Mmmm
3 cups almond milk
2-3 T cocoa powder or cacao nibs (for a deeper chocolate taste)
6-8 dates (seeds removed) covered with and soaked for 15 minutes in boiling water
1/3 cup raw, unsalted cashews preferably soaked overnight or 15 min in boiling water.
Additional boiling water
Place dates and water they were soaked in, into a high powered blender.
Blend until smooth.
Add cocoa powder, almond milk and cashews, blend until smooth. Add additional boiling water until it reaches your desired consistency.
Add a dash of cinnamon or vanilla if desired (optional).