November 07, 2014
Who doesn’t love chocolate milk? It was a real treat growing up and we only had it at my Nanna’s place because my Mum was very health conscious and didn’t allow us to eat much sugar. I don’t say this enough – thank you, thank you, thank you for that Mum.
As an adult, I used to have it every now and then. I occasionally enjoyed iced chocolate out at a cafe. I realised not too long ago that, although I may have loved chocolate milk, it didn’t love me. I always used to feel sick after drinking it. I used to put it down to drinking too much, or drinking it too fast. Of course, I know now, that the dairy and sugar in it just didn’t agree with me.
The great part about giving up gluten, dairy and sugar is that I’ve been able to make alternatives for some of my favourite things to eat that are actually good for my body and make me feel good! I still get a kick out of that. On that note, let me introduce you to my chocolate milk, but not as you know it. My chocolate milk is made at home, with plant-based and organic ingredients that will nourish your body. It is vegan, dairy free, sugar free and gluten free.
I normally use my Home Made Cashew Milk in this recipe, but you can use any non-dairy milk alternative. Nut milk, coconut milk, rice milk or even hemp milk will all taste good.
I love to add mesquite powder to my chocolate milk, as it is a source of calcium. Mesquite powder is made by grinding the pods of the mesquite plant and has traditionally been used in South America as a sweetener or as a flour. I really enjoy the sweet taste of mesquite powder and I use it in my smoothies, raw snacks and raw desserts often to add extra sweetness and an added dimension of flavour. Loving Earth, Mrs Flannerys and Honest to Goodness all produce lovely mesquite powders.
I also add organic raw cacao powder to this recipe, organic extra virgin coconut oil and organic medjool dates for extra sweetness. The coconut oil makes this chocolate milk thick and creamy. It’s hard to tell it doesn’t contain dairy.
I can’t get enough of raw cacao powder at the moment. It is a superfood with many health benefits. It is rich in minerals and antioxidants – just do a Google search if you want more information about this. I love raw cacao powder because it makes me feel good! Cacao contains phenylethylamine, a brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love. Essentially, cacao promotes a sense of well being, so it’s no wonder that so many people LOVE their chocolate.
I love drinking this chocolate milk in the afternoon, especially now we’re heading into summer. It is tasty, refreshing and easy to make. My family loves this and I’m sure yours will too. You never know…after a time, you may even prefer it to conventional chocolate milk made with cows milk, lots of refined sugar and poorer quality chocolate. I’m really selling it, aren’t I?
So grab your blender and visit your local health food store for some healthy ingredients and away you go! It’s a great one to try on the weekend with the whole family.
Place all of the ingredients into your blender or Thermomix bowl. If using a blender, blend until smooth and creamy, and the dates have been blitzed. If using a Thermomix, blend for 1 and a half minutes on speed 9.
Serve straight away in your favourite smoothie cup. I sprinkle my chocolate milk with unsweetened cacao nibs for some extra chocolatey goodness and added crunch.
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