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This paleo blender hot chocolate is made with just 4 healthy ingredients and will satisfy any hot chocolate craving. Make it piping hot and frothy directly in the Vitamix blender, then top with non-dairy whipped cream.

Paleo blender hot chocolate with marshmallows.

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This paleo hot chocolate is inspired by a blended hot coffee I used to make all the time with brewed coffee, a handful of cashews and a medjool date. It was perfectly sweetened, extra creamy from the cashews, and naturally frothy without any fancy espresso machines!

This vegan and paleo hot chocolate is easily one of the healthiest Vitamix hot chocolate recipes you can make – you'll be surprised it's made without dairy, sugar or milk chocolate.

Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • It's made with good-for-you ingredients. Most hot chocolate recipes are made with a TON of sugar and melted chocolate chips. While this is certainly delicious and should be enjoyed every now and then, it's not something I want to drink every day, especially first thing in the morning. This hot chocolate is so healthy, you can enjoy it all day long in the winter months. Perfect for hot chocolate addicts, like me!
  • Has a nut-free option. I like to make this paleo hot chocolate with almond butter and cashews, but if you have a nut allergy or are looking for a hot chocolate that is suitable to bring to school events, make this hot chocolate with Sunbutter or Tahini and raw sunflower seeds in place of cashews.
  • Perfect Vitamix hot chocolate recipe. If you didn't know, Vitamix blenders not only can make smoothies but can make hot things like soup, hot chocolate, and nut butters. Put your Vitamix to the test and make hot chocolate right in the blender!

ingredients you'll need

Cashews, cocoa, almond butter, water, and dates.
  • Cashews – Adding cashews to the paleo hot chocolate helps make it rich, creamy, and frothy. We highly recommend using raw cashews over roasted cashews. Roasted cashews are going to change the flavor profile and is not as good tasting as raw cashews.
  • Medjool dates – Although unrefined sugars like maple syrup and raw honey are approved on a paleo diet, I wanted to make this paleo hot chocolate using whole foods. Medjool dates sweeten the hot chocolate naturally with the addition of fiber and nutrients.
  • Cacao powder – Cacao powder and black cocoa are less processed and more nutrient rich than cocoa powder, but all three work well here. Just make sure to use unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder. The only ingredient should be cocoa.
  • Almond butter – Adding almond butter to the paleo hot chocolate adds the perfect buttery richness. We like to use plain almond butter without salt but both would work really well. The additional salt would balance the sweetness nicely.

variations

  • Add an omega boost. Add 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, chia seeds or flax seeds.
  • Peanut butter version. If you want a peanut butter Vitamix hot chocolate, swap the almond butter with natural peanut butter.
  • For glowing skin. Add 1 tablespoon vegan collagen powder or 1 tablespoon maca powder.
  • For an immunity boost. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric.
  • Caffeine boost. Replace the water with brewed coffee or add two shots of espresso.

step by step instructions

Soaking dates and cashews in hot water.
  1. Soak the dates and cashews. Soak the Medjool dates and raw cashews in boiling hot water for 5-10 minutes, or until the dates are soft and plump. Drain and remove the pits. Set aside.

    *If your Medjool dates are fresh and extra soft, you can skip this step.
Hot chocolate ingredients in blender before blending.
  1. Add ingredients to the Vitamix blender. In the following order, add the water, cacao powder, almond butter, cashews, and Medjool dates to the blender.
Hot chocolate ingredients in blender after blending.
  1. Blend for 5-6 minutes. Blend until completely smooth and piping hot.
  2. Serve. Pour the Vitamix hot chocolate between two mugs and top with Paleo friendly marshmallows, Vegan marshmallows or coconut whipped cream.
Pouring hot chocolate into clear glass mug.

Recipe FAQs

Can you have hot chocolate on Whole30?

Unsweetened cacao and cocoa are allowed on Whole30 as well as all other ingredients. If it were up to us, we say this hot chocolate is definitely allowed on Whole30.

Do you need to soak cashews before blending?

If you are using a Vitamix high-powered blender you do not need to soak the cashews before blending. The blender is strong enough to blend them completely smooth and creamy from a raw state. With that being said, I will usually soak the cashews when making Vitamix hot chocolate because I already have to soak the Medjool dates and it gives the blender a head start.

Can gluten-free people drink hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate is almost always gluten-free, but cross contamination is a concern when ordering hot chocolate at a restaurant. If you are celiac, make this paleo hot chocolate at home and put your concerns at bay.

Tips for making the best hot chocolate

  • Check your almond butter ingredients. Not all almond butters are made equal. For the best paleo hot chocolate, avoid using almond butters with added oils, sugars, or significant amounts of salt.
  • Use hot water. If you don't want to have to wait for the Vitamix to heat up your hot chocolate from the heat of the motor, give it a head start by adding boiling water to the blender. All you'll need to do is blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.

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5 from 1 vote

Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Cost: $2.47 per recipe / $0.62 per serving
This paleo blender hot chocolate is made with just 4 healthy ingredients and will satisfy any hot chocolate craving. Make it piping hot and frothy directly in the Vitamix blender, then top with paleo friendly whipped cream.

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup raw unsalted cashews ($0.94)
  • 8 medjool dates pitted ($1.00)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder ($0.18)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons runny almond butter ($0.35)

Instructions

  • Soak the dates and cashews. Soak the Medjool dates and raw cashews in boiling hot water for 5-10 minutes, or until the dates are soft and plump. Drain and remove the pits. Set aside.
  • Add ingredients to the Vitamix blender. In the following order, add the water, cacao powder, almond butter, cashews, and Medjool dates to the blender.
  • Blend for 5-6 minutes. Blend until completely smooth and piping hot.
  • Serve. Pour the Vitamix hot chocolate between two mugs and top with Paleo friendly marshmallowsVegan marshmallows or coconut whipped cream.
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Notes

  • If your Medjool dates are fresh and extra soft, you can skip this step.
  • If you are using a Vitamix blender, you can skip soaking the cashews.
  • Nutritional information does not include any toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 12mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 33g

Disclaimer: The Nutritional Information provided for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Drinks

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