Feeling sluggish? Post-holiday digestion got you down? How about a warm, nourishing cup of spiced hot chocolate, spiked with three surprising, tummy-taming and tasty ingredients…
Cinnamon, cayenne, and prunes. Yes, prunes. I know what you are thinking (or maybe I don’t want to know?), but prunes actually compliment chocolate beautifully, add body to the consistency, and the modest amount in these mugs won’t overpower the flavor. Plus, who wouldn’t love a spiced hot chocolate that is rich and comforting, good for digestion, very low in added sweetener, and uses all-natural ingredients?
Special Diet Notes & Options: Nourishing Spiced Hot Chocolate
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and optionally paleo. Just be selective when choosing the dairy-free milk alternative for this spiced hot chocolate, making sure it fits with your dietary needs.
Rich Spiced Hot Chocolate Option: For a more decadent approach that is also optionally paleo, use light canned coconut milk in place of the milk alternative or use a combination of full-fat canned coconut milk and water (1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut milk – the rest water). You can also simply add a little coconut cream!
This nourishing spiced hot chocolate recipe was created by Dawn Jackson Blatner, and shared with us by Sunsweet.
- 2 cups dairy-free milk alternative (I use So Delicious Dairy Free cashew milk)
- 4 prunes
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup prune juice
- 1 teaspoon honey (or agave nectar for vegan), or to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch cayenne
- Pinch sea salt
- Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a small pan and heat on the stovetop until almost boiling, but not quite, over medium-low to medium heat.
- Pour into 2 to 3 mugs to serve.
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Is there any idea how long this would last in the fridge? My daughter loves hot chocolate, but was recently discovered to be lactose intolerant. If I could make this up every few days for her, she’d love it– and if she gets an added dose of fiber without knowing, what would it hurt? 🙂 Thanks.
Probably 2 to 3 days.