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Date Sweetened Creamy Hot Chocolate

When I think of a comfort drink, I think of a homemade coffee smoothie or a hot chocolate. Now that it's cold pretty consistently, I've been craving hot drinks lately. I'm still doing a sugar detox because I really went wild the past few months so this hot chocolate is only sweetened with dates, nothing else. Honestly, I haven't thought much about sugar and I feel wonderful. Dates can sweeten pretty much anything and they are more than enough to make your recipes taste great without throwing yourself into a food coma.

I took to buying deglet dates at Trader Joe's lately because 1. they are cheaper than medjool and 2. they are less calories for a few more. There is about 110 calories in 5 small deglet dates and they are just as delicious as medjool dates. Want a chewy, decadent snack? Get some medjool dates but for recipes such as raw desserts and smoothies, use deglet dates. I also make my hot chocolate with canned coconut milk because it's super duper creamy. I buy light coconut milk to cut down on so much fat but you can buy full fat coconut milk or any milk you wish, actually. But I love canned light coconut milk.

All you need is your food processor for this recipe and a small pot to heat everything. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy 😄

1 cup of plant-based milk
1.5 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa
5 deglet dates, soaked in hot water
2 tsp of cinnamon

Soak your dates in hot water for 5 minutes. Put the dates in your food processor with a little bit of the milk and pulse until the dates are almost processed. Add the rest of the ingredients and process on high. It will become a creamy chocolate mixture. Pour in the small pan and heat until desired temperature. Enjoy curled up on the couch!

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