Holiday Hot Chocolate, you guys! December and subsequent winter months are pretty rough for me, not because of the holidays shopping, gift wrapping etc. (well that too….) but because of the frigid temperatures in NYC and the absence of comforting Hot Chocolate. It does not matter how many layers I have on, but every time I step out in the cold weather, I am a walking block of ice. Not to mention the watery eyes!! In all that mess, all I crave and look forward to is a warm mug of hot chocolate (warm hug is a close second but sooooooooo inappropriate to ask for anywhere else besides home). When I could not find a decent hot chocolate on my way to work or near home, I took the matters into my hands and made a version that is absolutely delicious, creamy and full of nutrition from nut butter, cacao, dark chocolate, medjool dates, maca powder, cinnamon etc. It does not include any dairy (or milk powder), corn starch or processed sugar.
Let me know if you make it, I’d love to hear from you! xx
Ingredients (for 2 servings)
2 Cups Water or Nut Milk, hot
1.5 Tablespoons Cocoa /Cacao Powder
1 Tablespoon Dark Chocolate Chips/Chunks
1 Tablespoon Hazelnut Butter (not Nutella) or Almond Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Medjool Dates (pitted) or 1/2 Teaspoon Coconut Sugar (more for extra sweetness) Pinch of Ground Nutmeg 1/4 Teaspoon Maca Powder, optional 1/4 Teaspoon Ashwagandha, optional
For Topping – Shaved Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Powder
- Add all the ingredients (except toppings) to a blender with a glass jar and blend on high speed for 30-40 seconds.
- Pour hot chocolate in cups, sprinkle shaved dark chocolate and cinnamon powder. Serve immediately.