January 20, 2014 | Posted in:Beverages, Dessert, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Meatless, Nutritious Recipes, Paleo, Toddler Friendly, Vegetarian

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Are you dairy free? Paleo?  Try this – it’s a dairy and sugar free paleo hot chocolate, without using any artificial sweeteners or chemical junk!

Paleo Hot Chocolate: Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Recipe

It uses canned coconut milk instead of regular milk.  The medjool dates add a nice caramel flavor to the cocoa.  They’re also naturally sweet!  I think a lot of the flavor depends on the Cocoa powder you use.  My favorites are Ghirardelli’s Cocoa Powder and Hershey’s Special Dark CoCoa Powder.

*Note:  Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder has a disclaimer on the container saying that their special dark blend does not contain as many antioxidants as the regular blend.

This is a whole food recipe.  I think you will enjoy your paleo hot chocolate!

Random Thoughts

As a side note, nothing says you HAVE to add the dates to this.  My 3 year old will drink his completely unsweetened and still thinks it’s a special treat.  Likewise, my husband has a taste for savory things and loves having it without the dates!  I’d say no sugar means that’s REALLY paleo!

It’s also really good cold – it’s paleo chocolate milk!

Paleo Hot Chocolate Recipe

Paleo Hot Chocolate - Dairy Free
 
Paleo hot chocolate - dairy free and gluten free. Uses medjool dates.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Paleo
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons canned coconut milk (make sure you shake it first so the cream is mixed evenly throughout the coconut milk - you may even want to blend it briefly, first)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 soft pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender (Vitamix!!) and puree until very smooth. If you have a Vitamix, then turn slowly turn to Variable 10, then High and leave it on until the liquid is hot.
  2. If not, transfer it to a pot and heat it until it's just warm.

 

 

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