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The Healthiest Homemade Hot Chocolate!

Temperatures are in the single digits, the sky seems to constantly be gray, snow is falling.

With this winter weather, nothing beats cozy blankets, fuzzy socks, glowing candles, and… your hands wrapped around a cup of hot chocolate!

Of course I would want to make a healthier version of your typical hot chocolate.  Why do I call my recipe the HEALTHIEST homemade hot chocolate? It has the healthiest sweetener!

Check out this video for more info comparting sweeteners: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-healthiest-sweetener/.  (The founder of nutritionfacts.org, Dr. Michael Greger, is the author of a book I am currently reading.  I love that he is bringing evidence-based nutritional science to the masses with this book):

Spoiler: It’s date sugar!  And it makes sense that it would be the healthiest considering it is essentially a whole food.  Just ground and dried up dates! It gives this hot chocolate just enough sweetness, while adding a rich creamy thickness. The only caveat is that in order to get it really smooth, I found that a blender was necessary.  Making it on the stove, despite my whisking, seemed to leave some chunks.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to chew my hot chocolate. 😉

 

I think you will love this and can’t wait for you to try it!  If you don’t have date sugar, go out and buy some and let me know what you think! I also use it in these to-go oat jars.

 

The Healthiest Homemade Hot Chocolate!
 
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Serves: 1
 
Ultra decadent hot chocolate, made with the heathiest sweetener. This will not give you a ride on the blood sugar roller coaster because of the fiber in date sugar!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup nut milk*
  • 1 tbsp. cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp. date sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Keep blending until hot, OR
  3. transfer to saucepan and heat.
  4. Grate some dark chocolate on top if desired, and enjoy!
Notes
*I tested this with storebought organic almond milk, and homemade almond and cashew milk. My husband and I both preferred the homemade cashew milk.

 

 

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I’d love to hear from you!  Have you used date sugar? Have you made a healthier version of hot chocolate? Leave me a comment!

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