A rich and creamy superfood vegan hot chocolate recipe touched with a pinch of fragrant cardamom and nutty tahini. Hot chocolate that is loaded with good for you ingredients and easily prepared in 5 minutes!
You know how peanut butter and chocolate are made for each other? And hazelnut and chocolate, like in Nutella, is likely god's gift to man? Well, let me introduce you to chocolates newest tryst, tahini.
Nutty goodness plus chocolate will always work, but there is something mind-blowing about the deep rich earthy nutty flavor of tahini plus chocolate. Pinch a little bit of cardamom into that mixture and Oh. My. Good. Graciousness. You've got yourself a major winner.
I have recently traded in my afternoon coffee (coffee and I are frequently on the outs) for a hot chocolate but, if I'm drinking hot chocolate each afternoon it has to be a superfood hot chocolate. Delicious, duh, but also loaded with functional, good for me, ingredients, and not loaded down with sugar.
How to Make Homemade Superfood Tahini Hot Chocolate:
- Start with really good chocolate. I love using raw cacao powder, the purest form of chocolate. If you can't find cacao powder you can use cocoa powder but be sure it's a high quality.
- Use a plant-based milk, almond/coconut blend works really well but I've also made this with homemade cashew milk or hazelnut milk. Make sure the plant-based milk is unsweetened.
- Allow chocolate to be the dominant flavor, not sweet. You only need a small amount of sweetener either honey, maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar works.
- Add in some superpowers, I love using chaga mushroom powder for an extra energy bump and antioxidant party, but I've also added adaptogens or maca powder.
- Bring on the protein. Adding just a little bit of protein turns hot chocolate into a truly functional treat, tahini works in this case but I've also blended in collagen peptides (see this post about the benefits of collagen).
- Finally, blend ingredients before warming on the stove. No one likes lumpy hot chocolate!
What's with the mushroom powder?
- I've had a mini love affair with my mushroom elixirs lately. I discovered Four Sigmatic Mushroom Elixirs (this is not sponsored, just my opinion) a few years ago when I was looking for creative healthy foods to bring on my hike across Spain. I purchased the coffee+mushroom elixirs initially, as they were small enough to fit in my backpack and eased my anxiety about not finding coffee in the mornings at our Albergues (hostels).
- Four Sigmatic is now all over Instagram wellness feeds, but I'd like to make it known that I knew about them first 😉 Jk.
- Chaga is my afternoon choice, chaga is a mushroom with potent antioxidant activity that supports immune function.
- I use Chaga as just another tool in my immune support kit.
- What does it taste like? The mushroom powder on its own is earthy and slightly bitter and is the perfect complement to dark rich chocolate.
Put it all together and you have superfood tahini hot chocolate, perfect for an afternoon treat, or a superfood elixir to warm you up any time of the day.
Tahini Cardamom Hot Chocolate
A rich and creamy vegan hot chocolate recipe touched with a pinch of fragrant cardamom and nutty tahini.
Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into a small saucepan and warm over medium-high heat.
*For a vegan version replace honey with maple syrup or coconut palm sugar. Start with 1 tbsp of either and then taste for sweetness.
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