Everyone is sharing healthy smoothie and salad recipes to start the New Year and I’m just here, sharing a peanut butter hot chocolate… One week into 2018.
This is not just any hot chocolate recipe though. This is the healthiest hot chocolate recipe (just go with it).
Why am I calling it the healthiest hot chocolate recipe? Well, because it doesn’t have any cream or sugar. Instead, it’s made with cashews, peanut butter, dates and cocoa. What could be healthier?!
(Okay, there is probably a “healthier” hot chocolate out there with special expensive ingredients, but I wanted a simple healthy drink that uses everyday ingredients).
I made this recipe a few weeks ago, after walking home from work in -34°C weather (we’ve been experiencing very cold temperatures over the last 2 weeks). I came home after walking 20 minutes, my eyes watering from the cold and I knew I needed something warm and comforting to drink. I was going to make my healthy peppermint mocha, but then I thought I’d try something new. Enter this healthy peanut butter hot chocolate.
Over the past week, I’ve been making this warm drink almost daily. It’s been my go-to drink during these cold weeks. Not only has the temperature been under -30°C, but we’ve also had a big snow storm this week. The temperature increased that day and we ended up with a mix of snow and rain, which turned to ice the next day. Now we’re back to -30°C. I think it’s safe to say that this temperature is making me want to stay inside all day, curled up with a good book and a cup of peanut butter hot chocolate.
Not only is this drink a perfect way to warm up on a cold day, but it’s also a great healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. That’s why I’ve been able to go without any sweet treats for days. Not that my treats aren’t healthy, but it doesn’t hurt to limit them – Even if they’re sugar-free, they can still get a little addictive if I’m eating them too often.
That being said, I was craving a sweet treat Friday night while watching a movie with Shaun, but instead, we snuggled on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate. It satisfied my cravings instantly! So if your goal is to cut back on sugar this year, I highly recommend trying this warm drink! It’s so rich and creamy, you’ll forget all about your cravings after taking one sip. It works for me anyways. 🙂
Clearly I’ve been a little obsessed with these cashew drinks lately and I’m loving making different flavors (see my cashew chai latte). It’s very simple and it gives you a very healthy drink without the milk/cream. Plus, it gives you a good dose of healthy fats and protein from the cashews and peanut butter.
To make this healthy peanut butter hot chocolate, all you need is a good blender and 5 common ingredients. I use a Vitamix, but a Blendtec and other strong blenders would work too. If your blender is on the weaker side, you may want to strain it using a nut-milk bag or a fine mesh sieve.
Cashews, dates, peanut butter and cocoa powder are thrown together in the blender, along with 3 cups of hot water. Blend everything for 30 seconds and you get a frothy, delicious and comforting drink.
Feel free to adjust the ingredients as you like. Add more dates for a sweeter hot chocolate – This one is not overly sweet, but perfect to my taste. If you’re used to a very sweet drink, you could also substitute the dates for a desired amount of maple syrup or honey.
Also, I use organic, salted peanut butter in this drink. There’s no other ingredients other than sea salt and peanuts. You can use unsalted peanut butter, but I would recommend adding a tiny pinch of salt with it.
I hope your year is off to a good start!
I use organic salted peanut butter. If using unsalted peanut butter, add a small pinch of salt before blending. For a lighter peanut butter taste, start with one level tablespoon, taste and add more as needed. I like to use one rounded tablespoon.
If you use a strong blender, you shouldn't have any pieces of dates or cashews in your drink. If your blender is on the weaker side, try straining your drink with a nut-milk bag or a fine mesh sieve.
If you're used to a sweeter drink, add more dates or substitute for a desired amount of maple syrup or honey.
If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!