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Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Recipe

Posted Nov 21 2010 1:44am

The wintery blast that hit us last night brought snow and hot cocoa too. I had some vegetable side dish recipes to post for Thanksgiving....but hot cocoa calls when the wind is whipping and the snow is falling! We woke up this morning to a couple of inches of snow on the ground and the kids decided to go out early to play. After a few hours of sledding and a couple of snow ball fights, they came inside with frozen hands and hungry bellies. I made them some snacks and a batch of this rich and creamy dairy-free hot cocoa.

This recipe uses maple syrup as the sweetener and a combination of coconut milk and cashew milk to create a rich, warming drink. Make sure to add the salt as it balances all of the flavors. If you have a finely ground sea salt then you can add the lesser amount below, but if you use a coarser ground salt then use the full 1/4 teaspoon.

Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

If you don't own a high-powered blender such as a Vita-Mix or BlendTec, then soak your cashews in the water for at least 3 hours before blending. After blending, it will look very thin, but don't worry, as the hot cocoa heats on the stove it will thicken considerably. If it is not sweet enough then you could add a few drops of liquid stevia or more maple syrup to taste. I like to use Dagoba cocoa powder as it is gluten-free and organic.

1 cup raw cashews
5 cups water
1 cup coconut milk
6 tablespoons maple syrup
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and frothy. You will want to check it to make sure the cashews are completely ground, and if not, blend again on high.

Pour into a 3-quart pot and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently so the bottom doesn't burn. Once it is heated to your liking, serve and enjoy! Note: If you don't think you will drink this entire recipe immediately then only heat desired portion and store the remaining, unheated portion in a glass mason jar to serve on another wintery day! Source:

Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving Recipes this week. And, if you have more ideas for making dairy-free hot cocoa, please share in the comments section below, thanks! Happy Holidays!

More Winter Beverages:
Soothing Tummy Tea
Sugar-Free Cranberry Orange Punch

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