Raw Hot Chocolate

Nothing warms the belly and spirit quite like a cup of rich and creamy hot chocolate. By using raw cacao you also get that blissful, buzz from the potent compounds found within it such as anandamide and phenethylamine (the bliss and love chemicals). Not to mention all of those fabulous antioxidants. You’ll find this recipe by Nikki Stokes of Eating Vibrantly very simple to make. While it’s yummy as is you could also try adding a dash of cinnamon, cayenne, or even maca powder for an interesting superfood-infused twist with a South American flare. You can also blend in some melted coconut oil or cacao butter if you desire an even richer outcome.

Ingredients

½ cup (70g) cashews, soaked 1-2h (soaking optional)
3 to (70g) medjool dates, pitted
3 tsp (5g) cocoa powder
pinch vanilla bean powder
250ml water
1 strawberry

Instructions

1) (Optional) Soak the cashews in filtered water for 1-2 hours and drain.

2) Add everything to the blender except for the strawberry.

3) Blend until mix is smooth, and starting to warm up, around 1-2 minutes.

4) Pour into a big mug and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Drink immediately.

About Nikki Stokes

I'm a mother, a scientist, a business owner and so much more. In my "spare" time I love experimenting with raw, vegan, whole foods. My passion is to create delicious, simple and fun raw food dishes that my whole family loves. I started playing with raw food in 2011, as a way to help lower my husband’s cholesterol naturally. It worked. His cholesterol levels are now completely normal. And along the way, we both lost a lot of weight, and discovered ways to eat so much more magnificently than we ever did before. I strongly believe in the power of nutrient-dense, plant-based foods to create amazing health and vitality. My passion is to create delicious, simple and fun raw food dishes that my whole family loves. And my aim is to see just how much raw vegan food I can get my family to eat! I created EatingVibrantly.com to share my discoveries with my friends, my family, and with you, in the hope that it will bring more life and colour into your food than ever before. I’m having so much fun with all of this, and I’d love it if you’d come along for the ride.

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