Vegan Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa. You won’t believe that this creamy, rich hot cocoa doesn’t contain any milk or added sugar. Instead, this drink is made with cashews, peanut butter, dates and cocoa powder, blended with hot water.
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.
This is my favorite way to warm up and stay cozy on a cold day.
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 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 sweeter drinks, you could also substitute the dates for a desired amount of maple syrup or honey.
Also, I use 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!
Vegan Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa
- 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.
If you make this peanut butter hot cocoa, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!
Looking for more?
Check out my Cozy Vegan Drinks eBook. It’s packed with a total of 22 warm beverage recipes, including vegan lattes, hot cocoas, matcha lattes, teas and more!