Rich Hot Chocolate With Gingerbread Chestnut Biscotti

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 Cost Per Serving $1.05
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6 cupsMilk (or dairy free alternative)
1/4 cupCocoa Powder
1/2 cup70% Dark Chocoalte, roughly chopped
3Large Dates, pitted
Gingerbread Chestnut Biscotti
2 1/2 cupsRed Fife Flour (any flour will work)
1 cupCooked Chestnuts, roughly chopped
2 tspBaking Powder
1/2 cupCoconut Sugar or Brown Sugar
2 tsp eachCoconut Sugar or Brown Sugar
2 tbspFresh Ginger, grated
3 tbspMolasses


  1. ​Preheat to 350 degrees F
  2. For the biscotti start by combining your flour, chestnuts, baking powder, sugar and ground ginger and cinnamon in a food processor, pulse until the chestnuts are broken down.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a different bowl, and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  4. Roll the dough onto a floured surface and knead with your hands just until combined
  5. Press dough down onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll the dough out until it is a rectangular sheet about 2 inches high. Bake for about 25 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and reduce the heat to 300 F. When the biscotti slab is cool enough to handle, slice into 1 inch wide pieces.
  7. Return to the oven for about another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. For the hot chocolate, add the milk and dates to a sauce pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Whisk in your cocoa powder and chocolate and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour in mugs and serve with biscotti


  • Cocoa contains flavanols, antioxidants that may help protect the heart and blood vessels. They make blood platelets less likely to clot, which may lower risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • When choosing a chocolate bar, go for 70% dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more flavanols than milk chocolate because it’s made with more cocoa. Read the ingredients to make sure cocoa butter is the main type of fat rather than ones that have partially-hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils on the label.
  • Gingerbread is a low fat cookie that is rich in iron thanks to the molasses in the recipe. Iron is needed for red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. Not having enough iron in your diet can lead to iron-deficiency anemia, which can leave you feeling weak and tired.
  • Ginger contains gingerol, a compound that may help improve appetite and digestion and prevent nausea.