Ultimate Spiced Hot Chocolate

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 Cost Per Serving $2.40
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2 cupsMilk or Other Dairy/Non Dairy Beverage (Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Heavy Cream, Soy Milk)
2 tbspCocoa Powder (unsweetened natural)
4Dates, pitted
1/2 cupDark Chocolate (at least 70%), grated
1/2 tspGround Cardamom (or use Cinnamon)
pinchSea Salt


  1. Warm milk and dates until lightly simmering, do not boil.
  2. Remove from heat, carefully add to a blender, add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve warm and garnish with some shaved chocolate.


  • Whether you are looking for a high or low calorie snack, this beverage can be the perfect delight to indulge your sweet tooth to stay hydrated while enjoying the health benefits of cocoa. 
  • Cocoa powder is derived from the beans of the cacao tree and are rich in flavonols, a natural chemical that give its dark colour and bitter taste.
  • Research suggests that flavanols serve as antioxidants, lower inflammation, reduce cholesterol, keep arteries elastic, enhance blood flow, inhibit blood clots and improve insulin sensitivity – all of which are related to better heart health.
  • Cocoa powder delivers plenty of flavanols with fewer calories than dark chocolate. Look for cocoa that isn't Dutch-processed, a processing method that reduces flavanol content.