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Creamy Hot Chocolate (Dairy Free)

The kids have been complaining about the wet, cold, miserable weather. (Why does it always come just in time for school holidays?) I told them, “It might be rainy outside, but it’s sunny inside!!”, and made them some of this rich, creamy Thermomix hot chocolate. It’s the perfect antidote to the wet, winter weather – makes you feel all ‘sunny’ inside! Mmmm… And if you’re dairy free, don’t despair, you don’t have to miss out – this one’s made with cashew milk.

Feel free to change the sweetener to whatever you prefer, to taste.  I love the rich taste of coconut sugar or Rapadura with cacao – delicious. You can also change it to a Mochaccino by adding some coffee. Try serving it after dinner when everyone’s bugging you for some dessert, but you really can’t be bothered. It’s so rich and filling, they won’t need any sweets after this!

By the way, I’d just like you to know that I’ve posted three recipes in a row that do not involve chocolate – can you believe that?? I’m so proud of myself. But enough is enough, I need a chocolate fix. Enjoy!

Serves 6 (if using cappucino cups) or 4 (if using mugs).

Note: You can find Dutch cocoa powder and vanilla powder for this recipe in my online store!

Creamy Hot Chocolate
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  1. 100g raw cashews or blanched almonds
  2. 600g filtered water
  3. 20g raw cacao powder (or good quality cocoa)
  4. 50g coconut sugar or Rapadura (or other sweetener, to taste)
  5. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Weigh nuts into Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9, until finely ground.
  2. Add water and blend 1 min/speed 9. (No need to strain if using cashews, but if using almonds you may want to strain through a nut milk bag.)
  3. Add cacao powder, sugar and vanilla, and cook on 5 mins/80C/speed 4.
  4. Blend 20 sec/speed 7 to froth it up, then serve immediately.
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Note: If it’s a bit too strong for you, top it up with a little extra nut milk.

Soaked version: Soak the nuts for 6 hours (covered with filtered water and a pinch of salt); rinse, then place in Tmx bowl with water, and blend 1 min/speed 9. Strain through nut milk bag then continue with recipe. 

Non Tmx version: Use a powerful blender to make the nut milk or buy premade. Cook gently in saucepan on stovetop, whisking to keep from sticking to bottom of pan, until thickened slightly and temp reaches 80C. 

37 thoughts on “Creamy Hot Chocolate (Dairy Free)

  1. Noelene says:

    Jo, this has jumped to my all time favourite drink. I have already memorised it. A million thanks ‘cos it’s just perfect for this cold weather.

    • Krystal says:

      I was just wondering how it would go as leftovers..looking forward to making in the morning now!! Didn’t want to waste any as there will only be two of us enjoying it

      • QuirkyJo says:

        Leftovers would be fine- I would just place any leftover hot chocolate back into the jug when ready to reheat for 5 minutes on 90*. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Another winner, Jo, thanks.
    I tried it with almonds this morning, but they didn’t emulsify – maybe need longer to grind?
    Used raw cashews on the second go – perfect!

  3. Jo Whitton says:

    Were the almonds blanched? I don’t think it would work so well with the skin on. Cashews work best because they’re so oily and creamy, and grind down really smooth. Glad you liked it! 🙂

  4. Nabeela says:

    Had some cashew milk at hand so attempted this and OH MY LORD is it GOOD!! Sooooo delicious! Thank-you so much for sharing 🙂

  5. Mel Makris says:

    Hi Jo this is amazingly good!!! Just a question, would it work as well if only heated to 50 degrees to try and retain some of the nutrients in the raw cacao powder?? Ill probably try that next time anyway but just wondered if you’d tried it already! Ta

  6. Sharon says:

    Hi Jo, just wanted to say thank you soooooo much for this recipe. Have made it so many times I know it off by heart. I usually make a full batch, pour off a mug full to drink (yum!) then add 3-4 dessert spoons full of chia seeds. I find if I leave it out to cool a bit (30min) rather than putting it straight in the fridge the seeds seem to swell more quickly. We call this Chia Pudding. My 6 yr old dd loves to take this to school in her lunch box, I sometimes have it for breakfast, morning or afternoon snack, or dessert (obviously not all on the same day). Very versatile and very delicious!

  7. Anonymous says:

    We love this recipe and make it several times a week. I also followed Sharon’s suggestion and add the chia seeds to any leftovers and the kids love the pudding. Delish. Thank you

  8. Maureen says:

    I’m addicted to this, i use Teresa Cutter’s (the healthy chef) naked chocolate & it’s amazing.

  9. Nessybaz says:

    Delicious! So creamy and rich (next time I’d use a bit less cacao for the children) but grown ups mixed it. Thanks for sharing thisrecipe and for the tips like the chia pudding!

  10. Lynny says:

    Can’t help but leave another comment thanking you for this soul soothing beautiful drink. We make this so often in the winter. Thanks so much lovely. Love, love, love your work 😉 Lynny xx

  11. Cara says:

    Hi Jo,
    I’m doing LCHF for health reasons and cashews arent compliant which is really unfortunate because I LOVE to make dairy subs with them.
    Will this work well with Macadamia nuts instead and would you cange anything else in recipe for the M nuts? (obviously I’ll need to usd xylitol or some other sweetner rather than the sugar) I know I’m not a fan of fake sugar/foods either at all but this is just for a short while until I heal my gut.

    Ps THANK YOU for all of your amazing dairy sub recipes, not to mention the regular recipes. LOVE your work!

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Hi Cara! Thanks for your lovely comments. So glad you love the recipes!! 🙂 Yes, the hot chocolate will be lovely made with macadamias (or can you have blanched almonds?)…enjoy! xx

  12. Lisa says:

    I’ll confess that I expected to be disappointed with this recipe, but OMG – it’s wonderful! Absolutely delicious and so easy! I’ve made chia puddings with the leftovers as per someone else’s suggestion and I can’t wait for morning tea tomorrow! Thanks Jo!

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