This sweet and soft cashew hot chocolate is simply dreamy! It’s warming, lovely, easy to make and dairy-free of course – suitable for vegans, as well! You’ll make the cashew milk itself at the same time as you blend all the other ingredients together, so you actually only need dry ingredients to prepare this lovely drink. And water, of course!
We’re finally getting some winter weather here as well, and being surrounded by snow has been great, after long and dark time that felt like endless fall! They say the snow will melt in couple of days again (sigh) but luckily we still have some days to enjoy it, while sipping this warm and lovely drink!
I came up with this recipe a while ago, when we ex tempore decided to go on a small trek into a National park just near to Helsinki. We packed quickly since it was quite late already and we wanted to get to the park before it was totally dark (with no success – it was really dark when we got there, haha), and we wanted to take some hot chocolate with us. We didn’t have any plant based milk at hand, so I decided to make some from cashews. When I put the nuts into the blender, I realised I could actually put all the ingredients into the blender at the same time, and voilà – we had creamy, lovely drink that we heated up quickly – perfect!
If you have more time you can of course soak the cashews up first, but it works without soaking them as well.
But now, let’s see the recipe itself – it’s so easy and nice!
Lovely Cashew Hot Chocolate with Cashew Cream
6 Tbsp cashew nuts
1 dl + about 2 dl water
3-4 fresh dates (pitted)
2-2,5 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
hint of ceylon cinnamon
hint of cardamom
raw chocolate (if desired)
1. Put the nuts into the blender first, with 1 dl of water. Blend until you have soft cashew cream. Take couple of spoonfuls of the cream for decoration, and add rest (about 2 dl) water into the cream. Blend silky “milk”.
2. Add all the other ingredients into the blender as well and mix smooth. Taste – add some dates if you want the chocolate to be sweeter. Pour into a kettle and heat up. Decorate with cashew cream and raw chocolate, and enjoy!
3. You can of course skip the cashew cream – then just add all the ingredients into the blender at the same time, and mix well.