Growing up in the northeast meant brutal winters, it also meant snow days. When a storm kept me home from school, my mom would bundle me up in full on ski attire (not an exaggeration) and send me out to play. Given my aversion to the cold, I’d usually last about half an hour before wanting to return indoors where I knew a mug of hot chocolate would await.
I’m not sure how hot chocolate mix was made in the 80’s, if the ingredients were “real”. I do know when I recently looked into buying the mix I remembered from childhood, I saw on the label: hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors. There was also alot of added sugar. I don’t know about anyone else, but I remember always needing to add extra spoonfuls of mix because it was never quite chocolatey enough for me; meaning I was getting double or triple whatever was on that label each time I had a mug of hot chocolate. No wonder my mom stopped buying it!
Eating well is a form of self-respect and self-improvement, and I knew there had to be a better way to enjoy hot chocolate that offered some nutritional value. And so my wholesome hot chocolate recipe was born. IT’S MADE FROM FRUIT, NUTS,H2O, AND CHOCOLATE; YOU’VE GOT TO TASTE IT TO BELIEVE IT!
This recipe is made only from whole foods; it contains no added sugar,dairy, oil, or synthetic ingredients. At 24 grams of fat per serving, this hot chocolate is surely a rich dessert indulgence, but it also offers in each serving: over three grams of fiber, more than six grams of protein, nearly 20% of your recommended daily iron intake, and plenty of potassium. The dates have naturally occurring sugar but are low glycemic index and won’t cause the dreaded sugar crash. Plus, you can drink it knowing your’re only putting good things into your body!
So without further ado, here it is:
Wholesome Hot Chocolate (Vegan Friendly/Non-dairy/High in Protein/No Added Sugar)
You’ll need the following:
(Makes two mugs)
*A high speed blender (i.e. ninja/vitamix/nutribullet)
NOTE: if you’re without this, you may sub store bought nut milk.
NOTE: If you’re concerned about fat you may half this amount, and it will be less creamy, but still pretty darn good!
*4 tsp. Cocoa Powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for a full minute. Pour into two mugs and and heat in the microwave for about one minute. Enjoy.