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).
- 100g raw cashews or blanched almonds
- 600g filtered water
- 20g raw cacao powder (or good quality cocoa)
- 50g coconut sugar or Rapadura (or other sweetener, to taste)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Weigh nuts into Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9, until finely ground.
- 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.)
- Add cacao powder, sugar and vanilla, and cook on 5 mins/80C/speed 4.
- Blend 20 sec/speed 7 to froth it up, then serve immediately.
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.