Guys, this hot chocolate is legit! It’s dairy free, but there’s a magic (and completely healthy) ingredient that makes it so creamy you’d never know!
The magic ingredient is cashew cream. If you eat dairy free and haven’t made yourself a batch of cashew cream to try out in different recipes, you’re missing out!
I did a high fat diet/low carb diet for a couple years and I used heavy cream in all my foods and sweet treats (of which hot chocolate was a staple). So I know creamy. Trust me when I say you’ll think this is made with real cream.
If you want it even chocolatier (and who wouldn’t?) add a few squares of your favorite dark chocolate bar and let in melt in the mug. Mmmmm. Hot chocolate, sweat pants, sofa, blanket, and a good book–heaven.
DAIRY FREE HOT CHOCOLATE
- 1/4 Cup Cashew Cream
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1/8 tsp Stevia Powder
- Splash of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Water
- Pinch of Salt
- Scoop 1/4 cup of cashew cream into mug.
- Pout 1 cup of boiling water into mug and stir well.
- Add cocoa and stir well.
- Once mixed well, add other ingredients and stir thoroughly.
- If desired, add more water to fill mug to the top.
HOT CHOCOLATE SWEETENER
I tried making this with yacon syrup and it didn’t quite scratch the itch. Yacon syrup is about 75% as sweet as sugar, and you’re limited to 1-2 Tbsp per day (it helps speed up your digestive tract, so you can go above that amount, but things could get sporting).
Yacon syrup didn’t quite provide the sweetness level I wanted or the flavor. I went with stevia, although if you have another sweetener you use (like monk fruit), that will work well also.
CHOCOLATE HEALTH BENEFITS
Chocolate is nutritious food—it has iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium. It’s also a powerful source of antioxidants.
Raw, unprocessed cocoa beans are among the highest-scoring foods that have been tested for its ORAC measurement (ORAC stands for “oxygen radical absorbance capacity”, the antioxidant activity of a food).
Chocolate may also reduce the risk of heart disease, improve cholesterol levels, and may help with blood pressure. (Keep in mind these are benefits of dark chocolate—not the chocolate candy in the store that’s primarily milk and sugar.)