COCONUT BUTTER HOT CHOCOLATE

coconut butter hot chocolate (vegan) - The First Mess
It’s been nothing buy grey and rain here, and I feel like I’ve been shivering for 3 days straight. Perfect timing for a banger of a hot chocolate recipe. My method is a little strange on the surface, but it yields an incredible end result. I like hot cocoa and cocoa/cacao powder-based drinks, but sometimes you need the richness that only actual chocolate can bring.

Basically I ask you to blend all the ingredients, including non-melted chocolate, in the blender before heating. You hear clicks and pulses coming from the blender as it chops through the chocolate and coconut butter chunks. Once the chocolate is visibly integrated throughout as little flecks, you heat the mixture up. Those flecks and coconut butter bits slowly melt away dreamily into the milk as you whisk. Coconut butter and dates make this almost caramel-y. Hope you love it!

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coconut butter hot chocolate (vegan) - The First Mess
COCONUT BUTTER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE
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SERVES: 2
NOTES: I used cartoned coconut milk as my milk of choice. It has just the right level of viscosity for this, and it also compliments the coconut butter in obvious ways. There are plenty of ways to customize this hot chocolate. You could add some ground cinnamon or cayenne, some reishi powder/extract, or even steep some lavender tea while you heat it up.

1 ounce dark, dairy-free chocolate, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut butter (this is a product that has both the flesh and the oil–I use Nutiva’s Coconut Manna)
pinch of sea salt
2 soft Medjool dates, pitted
2 1/2 cups unsweetened, non-dairy milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In an upright blender, combine the chocolate, cacao powder, coconut butter, sea salt, dates, non-dairy milk, and vanilla. Blend the mixture on high until the chocolate is scattered throughout and looks like tiny flecks.

Pour the chocolate mixture into a small saucepan. Warm the coconut butter hot chocolate on the stove over medium heat, whisking it frequently. When it’s almost simmering, steamy, and frothy on the top, it’s ready. Pour the coconut butter hot chocolate into mugs and enjoy! I grated chocolate on top of mine, but that’s optional!

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