Fruit-Sweetened Hot Cocoa

Skip the granulated sugar - all of the sweetness in this satisfying drink comes from the natural sugars found in the dates and milk (and[ a tiny bit in the vanilla extract).]

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 4 cups reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 large pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Kosher salt
  • Unsweetened whipped cream and ground cinnamon, for topping (optional)
Directions
  • Combine the milk, cocoa powder, dates, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot and steaming. Continue to cook, without letting the mixture boil, giving the dates time to soften, another 5 minutes.

  • Let cool for 5 minutes or so, then transfer the mixture to a blender and being careful of the hot liquid, puree until smooth. You can strain the mixture to catch any small chunks of dates that weren't blended.

  • Pour into mugs and top each with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if using.

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Blending Hot Liquids: When blending hot liquids, remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid; that prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times, then process on high speed until smooth.


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