My #1 criteria when testing a recipe is that it has to taste good.
As a dietitian I’m obviously a fan of incorporating more veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes and healthy fats into meals. But I’m not willing to compromise on flavour for the sake of nutrition. You won’t catch me dead eating plain steamed vegetables or sugar-free cookies.
All this to say, this date sweetened hot chocolate tastes good. I promise. And while there’s nothing wrong with a good cuppa traditional hot chocolate, why not add a few extra grams of fibre to your drink if you can?
If you have a powerful blender, you should be able to just blend and then reheat on the stove before pouring into your mugs. But if your blender is a little rough around the edges, you may want to pour your hot chocolate through a fine-mesh sieve after blending just to catch any lingering chunks of dates. Either way, this recipe comes together quickly to satisfy those hot cocoa cravings!
- 3 cups milk (see note for dairy-free option)
- 4-6 large medjool dates, pitted
- 1½ tbsp cocoa powder
- ¾ tsp vanilla extract
- Combine the milk and dates in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from the stove and let cool slightly.
- Pour the milk and dates in a blender and add the cocoa powder and vanilla. Blend on high until completely smooth.
- Pour the mixture back into the pot then heat until warmed.
- Optional step: If your blender doesn't get the mixture completely smooth, pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve before adding it back to the pot.