- 3.5 oz Dark Chocolate
- 3 cups Milk (I use unsweetened Almond Milk)
- 1 cup Raw Cashews (Pre Soaked)
- 2 cup Filtered Water
- 1/2 cup Sugar (I use Pure Cane Sugar)
- 1/2 tsp Salt (I use Kosher)
Coconut Whip Topping
- 15 oz can Full Fat Coconut Milk
When the weather gets cooler and the holidays are upon us, we all want a cozy cup of hot chocolate.
I love a rich, creamy and preferably dairy-free hot chocolate. Enter cashews!
Cashews will step up your hot chocolate game and results in the most luscious and creamy consistency.
Instead of cocoa powder, I am using good quality 60% dark chocolate. 70% will work as well.
Soak The Cashews
Add 1 cup of raw (not roasted and unsalted) cashews to a large jar and add filtered water until the cashews are fully covered.
Add a lid or cover with plastic wrap and keep on the kitchen counter to soak for 4-8 hours.
Soaking the cashews is optional but recommended as it will result in a smoother, less chunky beverage.
If you plan to make coconut whipped cream, place one 15 oz can of full fat coconut milk into the refrigerator and allow the fat to separate fro the water in the can overnight.
Grab a medium size pot
Add 1 cup of milk to a pot along with your chopped dark chocolate and the sugar.
Turn the heat to medium-high and stir until the chocolate and sugar is fully melted.
Grab Your Blender
Once the chocolate and sugar have dissolved into the milk, transfer the liquid to a blender along with 3 more cups of milk, the water and salt.
Drain the cashews and add them to the blender as well. Discard the liquid the nuts were soaking in.
Blend the mixture on high for a full minute until smooth.
Heat Up The Hot Chocolate
Pour the mixture back into your pot and heat on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
Once hot give it a quick taste and add more sugar if desired.
To make the coconut whipped cream, turn the chilled can upside-down then open the can and pour out the coconut water (keep for smoothies!).
You should be left with the solid coconut cream. Scoop the cream into a bowl and whip with a whisk or electric mixer for a couple of minutes until fluffy.
Top your hot chocolate with the whipped cream and grated chocolate, if desired.