Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate To Beat The Winter Blues

Is there anything more comforting during these cold winter days than a cup of hot chocolate? This raw vegan version is just as creamy and sweet as the real thing, but without the dairy and refined sugars. It's packed with essential nutrients that will boost your energy levels and increase the production of your "happy hormone," serotonin! Perfect for elevating your mood!

Ingredients (makes about 8 cups):

  • 3 cups of almond milk
  • 3 cups of hazelnut milk (or extra almond milk)
  • 1 heaping cup of soft dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cacao
  • ½ cup of cashews
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs (optional)
  • 2 large pinches of sea salt


Combine almond milk, hazelnut milk, dates, cacao, cashews, cacao nibs and sea salt into your blender. Blend until smooth and slightly warm.

If you prefer hot chocolate, you can leave the blender running for at least 1 minute. You can also heat the chocolate milk on a stove, or place it in a pre-heated dehydrator for 15 minutes or longer.

Top with extra cacao nibs and goji berries.

This chocolate milk will stay fresh for at least 2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Are you crazy about Nutella? Replace the almond milk with extra hazelnut milk or add a few drops of hazelnut extract. You can also replace part of the cashews with hazelnut butter.

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