Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate

On a cool night when everyone is asking for cocoa; sort of like on a hot night when everyone asks for ice cream, I do not like to give in to the store-bought treats. they are filled with denatured ingredients, with pesticides, hormones, preservatives, trans fats and artificial flavors and colors. I mean why does hot chocolate mix have to have hydrogenated oils? Give me a break!

This version cuts out the dairy milk altogether and leaves you with a satisfying antioxidant cocktail with protein, minerals and vitamins.

Change it up and try a little peppermint extract…it’s very good!

Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate

This is a satisfying, healthful comfort food.

Serves 4

2 cups filtered water

3 ounces really dark organic chocolate

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

5 tablespoons sucanat or rapadura sugar

1 teaspoon hazelnut extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups filtered water

½ cup cashews

1 cinnamon stick

Put water, chocolate, cocoa powder, and sucanat into a saucepan over low heat. While the chocolate melts, put cashews, water and cinnamon into a powerful blender; Blend on low for 1 minute; switch to high speed for another 30 seconds to a minute. Mixture should be completely liquefied.

Once chocolate is melted, stir in hazelnut extract, and vanilla extract; cook 1 more minute. Stir in the milk.

When you add the blended cashew mixture to the hot chocolate, all the yummy froth rises to the top.

Cook for a few minutes or until as hot as you like it. You can also blend the cocoa to build up the froth a little more.

Here, the cocoa is served with whole grain anise biscottis

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About Fit, Healthy, Happy Home

I now more than ever dedicate all that I do to the Lord and His purposes. As a trainer and natural foods consultant, mother of 3 and wife to an anointed husband, My blog reflects my walk with God and what He gave us, and how to prepare foods the best way possible, and my desire to get others in shape.
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