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Paleo Vegan Hot Chocolate

posted in Food & Drink > Recipes
12/09/2016
  • 1 14-ounce (400-milliliter) can coconut milk (I used full-fat)
    100 grams pitted dates (that's about 16 - 18 dates regular-sized dates – if you use Mejdool, you'll need a lot fewer)
    1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder or carob powder
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder / bean scrapings
    1/8 teaspoon salt (I like things salty and use 1/4 teaspoon)
    paleo chocolate marshmallows for serving (not vegan)

  • Place the dates, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder or carob powder, vanilla, salt and coconut milk in a high-power blender (I haven't tried this in a food processor). Blend for about 1 minute and add additional cocoa / carob, to taste. I like using 1 tablespoon cocoa powder for a lighter chocolaty taste but 2 tablespoons would be more suitable for dark chocolate lovers. With carob powder, I actually like 2 tablespoons.
    Once totally blended and no chunks of dates remain, heat until hot and steamy. Taste and if it's too rich for you, add some water (or almond milk or whatever you'd like). Serve! Reheats very well.
    Notes

    For AIP: Use carob powder. Vanilla powder / bean scrapings are elimination-phase legal (read more here).
    For GAPS: Cocoa powder is GAPS-legal once you're on the full diet and don't have any digestive symptoms. Read here for more info. I also use vanilla bean scrapings but it looks like pure vanilla extract (with just vanilla beans + vodka) is legal.

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