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Creamy Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut

A lot has happened since New Year’s Eve. We had a very successful to Real Life Gourmet Dinner in Bern. Thanks again to all who came! In addition, I have just finished a training as a baby massage instructor, we are about to move to a new city, and preparations for the big brunch next Sunday are also happening right now. But somehow we are still at the beginning of the year. There is so much more to come. Isn’t this awesome? I have a very good feeling for this year. I believe that several wonderful things will happen..

My biggest learning of the last year, however, is that everything is going to be fine anyway, if I have a positive attitude and take things calmly. Prospi has already told you about my final thesis for the university, which I wrote following the 80/20 principle. Our wedding in September was another great example of this learning. I deliberately put myself in a positive vibe and decided to enjoy the special day without sticking to the idea that everything will be perfect. Even if the marquee would collapse and heavy rain would start at the same time, I could accept this situation and continue to celebrate. In the end, nothing collapsed, and the weather was fantastic. But this attitude has allowed me to take everything as it came, and to enjoy an absolutely magical and unforgettable wedding day full of love and positive energy. Of course, not everything came as planned. It was imperfectly perfect. And that’s how life is.

Are you also looking forward to finding out what 2018 is going to offer?

You can create a very joyful moment for yourself if you take 5 minutes to make the vegan, wholesome and extremely delicious hot chocolate I’m showing you today. I usually make this kind of hot beverages with our blender. But as I know that not all of you have a powerful blender at home, I’ve created a version that can be made with a normal hand blender.

If you don’t like the taste of hazelnut and prefer a more «neutral» hot chocolate, you can replace the hazelnuts or the hazelnut butter with cashews or cashew butter. And if you are allergic to nuts, you can try how it tastes with sunflower seeds. It’s also possible to use only one or to dates to make the hot chocolate less sweet. You’ll get a more liquid texture by adding more water.

Version 1: with a blender

These are the ingredients you’ll need for the version with a powerful blender. Everything very healthy!

Optionally, you can soak the cashews overnight and throw away the soaking water. This makes them easier to digest and increases the absorption of the micronutrients.

Roast the hazelnuts a few minutes on the middle heat in a small frying pan.

Meanwhile, you can heat 250 ml water. Put the hot water, all the ingredients and a pinch of salt into the blender.

Blend and enjoy!

Version 2: with a hand blender

And these are the ingredients you’ll need for the version with the hand blender. It’s actually exactly the same, just that the nuts were blended in advance.

Put all the ingredients in a high vessel.

Add a pinch of salt and 250 ml water. Blend it alltogether.

Bring this mixture to a boil, constantly stirring. Then, blend it again until there are no more date pieces and it’s completely homogeneous. It’s ready to enjoy!

CREAMY HOT CHOCOLATE WITH HAZELNUT

lactose-free, plant-based (vegan), gluten-free, soy-free, sugarfree

1 serving

Level of difficulty: very easy

Preparation time:

Version 1 – with a blender

Ingredients:

  • 40 g/1.4 oz oz cashews
  • 20 g/0.7 oz hazelnuts
  • 60 g/2.1 oz dates (pitted, it’s approx. 3 medjool dates)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Optionally, you can soak the cashews overnight and throw away the soaking water.
  2. Roast the hazelnuts a few minutes on the middle heat in a frying pan.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 250 ml water.
  4. Blend all the ingredients, the hot water and a pinch of salt.

Version 2 – with a hand blender
Ingredients:

  • 40 g/1.4 oz cashew butter
  • 20 g/0.7 oz hazelnut butter
  • 60 g/2.1 oz dates (pitted, it’s approx. 3 medjool dates)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients, 250 ml water and a pinch of salt in a high vessel.
  2. In a small pot, bring this mixture to a boil, while constantly stirring.
  3. Blend again.

Download the PDF Recipe

This is how easy you can prepare, in our opinion, clearly the most delicious hot chocolate!
Enjoy the hot chocolate and enjoy life! 😊

Kind regards

Lisa

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