Everyone is sharing healthy smoothie and salad recipes to start the New Year and I’m just here, sharing a peanut butter hot cocoa.
This is not just any hot cocoa recipe though. This vegan peanut butter hot cocoa is made with cashews, peanut butter, dates and cocoa.
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 cocoa.
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.
I was craving a sweet treat Friday night while watching a movie with Shaun, so we snuggled on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa. It satisfied my cravings instantly!
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 peanut butter hot cocoa, 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!
The Healthiest Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
- 3 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 rounded tablespoon peanut butter, salted
- Boil your water using a kettle or a saucepan on the stove.
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, including the hot water. Blend for 30 seconds until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.
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