Rich, Healthy Hot Chocolate

Rich, Healthy Hot Chocolate
Serves 5
A deliciously dark hot chocolate fragrant with Asian spices

Hot chocolate without the milk or chocolate powder? Absolutely. This dish epitomizes Fivelement’s Cuisine for Life ethos. Almond or cashew nut milk sweetened with dates, enriched with cacao powder and dark chocolate and dusted with cinnamon and chili. On a cool winter’s day nothing could be better.

Ingredients

1 cup almonds, peeled and soaked, or cashews, soaked
3 large dates, preferably Medjool, pitted and soaked for 1 to 3 hours
3 cups water
2 tbsps Big Tree Farms’ Coconut Nectar, a healthier alternative to honey
1/4 cup Big Tree Farms’ Cacao Powder
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Big Tree Farms’ Balinese Sea Salt, or to taste
30g Big Tree Farms’ Organic Dark “Wonder” Chocolate
A pinch of cinnamon and chili powder

Directions

Soak almonds or cashews overnight in water. Drain and rinse very well.

Place almonds or cashews, dates, and water in a high-speed blender with the coconut nectar, cacao powder, vanilla extract and sea salt. Blend until very smooth.

Transfer the mixture to a medium pot and add the dark chocolate, broken into small pieces. On low fire, heat the liquid, without letting it boil or overheat, until the chocolate is melted. Stir and allow it to thicken up.

For an Asian twist, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and chili powder on top. You may also garnish with shaved chocolate.

Serve immediately.

Copyright © 2016 by Arnaud Hauchon

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