Date-sweetened hot chocolate, with the comforting taste you know and love, without the sugar high!

Date-sweetened hot chocolate, with the comforting taste you know and love, without the sugar high! #hotchocolate

You know when winter comes and all you want to do is curl up under the covers, with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in your hands, and ignore the world for a while?  Or is that just me?  I used to love having hot chocolate, or Milo, when I was growing up, but now with all my gluten and dairy problems, I’ve had to become a little more inventive in my comfort foods.  I recently posted a dairy-free hot chocolate recipe that has been my go-to for most of the time since I’ve been lactose intolerant.  Simple to make with just cocoa powder, maple syrup and almond milk.  But then I wanted to try something that didn’t even use maple syrup for sweetening.  Maybe some dates?  And after a few trial and errors, I came up with this.

Now, a few cautionary words.  If you don’t like having chunky bits of dates in your hot chocolate, make sure you process the dates well – both before and after you add the almond milk.  And use a decent food processor, like my Ninja (not getting paid to promote them, I just love my Ninja so much!).  Get your almond milk nice and hot before adding to the date mixture – it helps to soften the dates and reduce the potential of chunks.  And don’t add too much cinnamon (if you add any at all).  It overpowers the chocolate-y taste … trust me, I did this once and couldn’t finish the drink!

As always, feel free to experiment and let me know in the comments below what you think! 

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Date-sweetened hot chocolate

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 Medjool date pitted
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon optional

Instructions

  1. Combine the date, cocoa powder and vanilla in a food processor until all mixed and most of the date has been made into a paste.
  2. Heat almond milk in the microwave.
  3. Add almond milk to the date mixture and combine in food processor again until smooth.

Date-sweetened hot chocolate, with the comforting taste you know and love, without the sugar high! #hotchocolate