I haven’t shared this yet in this space, but I’m plant based. Evan and I made the switch back in April when we both realized we felt gross, tired, and frustrated with our bodies all the time. One of my biggest grievances with being plant-based is that candy is almost always a no-no. I have a GIANT sweet tooth, so this was an internal struggle of wanting to be healthy and free of my processed sugar dependance and wanting to sit and relax with a handful of M&Ms (or an entire bowl…).
THEN I fell into a Youtube hole and came upon this awesome girl named Kate Flowers who is also plant based. Her channel was bursting with delicious recipes that I could actually eat! Does anyone even use a cookbook anymore?
SO in one of her videos she made this hot chocolate. I was super skeptical at first because 1. there is no way that anything vegan can taste better than the real thing and 2. it has dates in it and I’ve never had a date prior to this recipe so I reallly didn’t feel like this was going to work for me.
And then I made it…WHAT A GAME CHANGER!
My favorite thing about this recipe is that on my raw vegan days I can make it in place of my coffee (or whenever I feel like it, really) and I have an extra spring in my step like a kid who secretly got to eat cake for breakfast. That good.
Ok, enough of my gushing. Here’s the recipe:
1 1/2 cups of warm water
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp raw cashews
4 pitted medjool dates
Pinch of vanilla powder or vanilla extract
Toss all these ingredients into a blender (I have a ninja) and voila! Amazing, creamy, and filling hot chocolate that doesn’t make you feel guilty. I usually don’t have mine piping hot, but a lukewarm temperature. If your blender isn’t high-powered, I would recommend putting the dates in first with the water and making sure they’re nice and blended so there aren’t larger chunks in the hot chocolate.
What are other plant-based recipes I should try?