Friday, February 21, 2014

Recipe ReDux Post # 20: All Natural Hot Chocolate That Tastes Amazing






“Beverages Are Hot” is the February Recipe ReDux theme and the challenge was to create a fun, new “healthier drink”.  Well I know hot cocoa is nothing new but an all natural, clean and simple hot cocoa is hard to come by in my opinion, so that’s what I decided to make.  Most of those commercial packets you tear into to make this warm, sweet and tasty beverage have over 10-15 ingredients, many of which are FAR from natural!! How about one with THREE ingredients, a decent dose of fiber, antioxidants and no added table sugar that’s super easy to whip up? I say that’s a score!! I used dates as the sweetener, good quality cocoa powder and almond milk to make it non-dairy as well. So make some of this delicious, chocolatey and semi-guilt free delight and check out the other innovative drinks the Recipe ReDux folks are serving!
Ingredients:
8 ounces milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
2 mejool dates (pitted, soaked in warm water for 15-20 min to soften, and skins removed)
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 1 minute until smooth. Warm in a saucepan or microwave* and serve. For more decadence you can add whipped cream! *A note about microwaving liquids- BE CAREFUL, some safety tips are listed HERE http://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/jw/superheating.htm
Makes One Serving
 Serving Size One 8 ounce hot chocolate Calories 150 Protein 2 g Carb 30 g Fiber 4 g Sugars 25 g Fat 3.5 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 180 mg

3 comments:

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice February 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM  

Looks worthy of any coffeehouse or ice cream parlor!

Sarah Grace February 22, 2014 at 12:52 AM  

Mmm, so simple yet delicious! I turned to dates as my sweetener while on my sugar detox all the time! Love it!

xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

Serena Ball February 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM  

Oooo, I gotta try this! Great idea to use dates as sweetener...and get it all frothy in the blender.

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