More cold days call for more hot chocolate, and here’s a protein twist to get you through the coldest month. January is all about snuggling up on the sofa, drinking hot drinks and getting cozy right? And I think we absolutely should do that. Often. That said, it doesn’t have to mean unhealthy options every time. My personal philosophy is to eat and drink as healthily as possible during the weeks, and then on weekends indulge in candy, chocolate, wine, pasta or whatever I feel like having.
Of course, there is chocolate and there is chocolate. And this hot chocolate fits easily into my weekday diet. It’s a real antioxidant boost containing raw cacao powder + it is creamy, filling and deeply satisfying thanks to the protein powder and the almond butter. Perfect as a snack in between meals, for breakfast or in front of the telly at night. Do I have to mention it is nothing short of delicious too?
Enjoy! And happy weekend!
Hot Protein Chocolate
1,5 cup oat milk
3 medjool dates
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp hemp protein powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp powdered vanilla
tiny pinch of sea salt
whipped cream, cacao and chopped dark 70% chocolate for topping (optional – the chocolate is delicious on its own too!)
1) Blend everything until smooth in a powerful blender (I use a Vitamix).
2) Heat gently in a saucepan. Top with whipped cream, powdered cacao and chopped dark chocolate.