Hot Blender Chocolate + Vitamix Competition


We’ve had intense snow falls and cold days here in Stockholm for the past week. A weather that calls for furry sweaters, warm soups, spicy stews and large cups of hot chocolate. Our favourite chocolate recipe is thick, rich, creamy, vegan and insanely delicious. And we are sharing it here today, along with a competition to win a Vitamix blender (further down in this post). We actually make our chocolate directly in the blender, which not only saves dishes but also makes it perfectly frothy. This recipe is based on one of the recipes from our smoothie book, but we have adapted it slightly for our current mood. We have also added a few mashed blackberries to each glass/cup before serving, for a bit of complexity and a hint of berry flavour (which work really well with chocolate). This is of course entirely optional in case you are a hot chocolate traditionalist.


We use soaked cashews, soft dates and salt for a plant based creamy sweet milk. Cacao powder, cinnamon, ginger add chocolate flavour and tahini or coconut oil makes it richer. If you can only find dried dates, you can pre-soak them along with the cashew nuts to make them easier to blend. Our chocolate isn’t super dark, as our kids prefer it like this. But you can easily add some extra cacao to make it more intense.


Win a Vitamix!

As a belated celebration of our Green Kitchen Smoothies book (which now is out in UK, US, Australia, German, DutchSwedish, Danish and Polish), Vitamix has kindly agreed to give away one of their new Vitamix S30 blenders (the one we have used in this post) to one of our readers. It’s a smaller but strong model that we have been trying at home for the past month. To win it, you simply have to share a smoothie related photo on instagram (it can be either a smoothie you have made from our book, the cover of the book or one of our smoothie photos that you can find online) using the two hashtags #GKSVitamix and #GreenKitchenSmoothies (you need to have a public instagram account – not private – for us to see your hashtags). We will randomly draw a winner on 7 December so it will hopefully arrive before Christmas. The competition is open for everyone in the US and UK. Good luck!



Hot Cashew Chocolate
Serves 2-4

Important: Before you start, make sure your blender is approved for hot liquids. Otherwise, add cold water to the blender instead of hot and heat the chocolate on the stove after it has been blended.

Hot chocolate ingredients
½ cup / 65 g cashew nuts
2-3 cups / 500-750 ml filtered water
4 fresh dates, pitted
3 tbsp cacao powder
2 tsp tahini (preferably
unhulled) or coconut oil
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt 

To serve
Blackberries, fresh or thawed frozen 

Soak the cashew nuts in water for 3-6 hours. If you are in a hurry and have a strong blender, soaking them in hot water for 30 minutes is also possible. Drain and rinse the nuts and add them to the blender. Boil the water in a kettle. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients to the blender. Add 2 cups of the hot water to the blender. Close the lid carefully. Start blending on low speed and then increase to max speed. It should be ready and smooth after about 30 seconds. Taste it and add more water if it’s too thick or more cacao, dates or salt to taste.

Serve immediately. If you like, try mashing a few blackberries in the bottom of the glass before serving. It creates beautiful streaks of colour and adds a delicious berry tone to the the drink.

We have received no compensation for this post. We simply asked Vitamix if they’d be willing to give away a blender to a reader because we think Vitamix is awesome and we think you readers are awesome!


  • Really impressive post shared by you!!!! Photos & recipe are attracting to post. Waiting for next post.....
  • Molly Savage
    I am trying to switch to a better diet without dairy because I was recently diagnosed with a new medical issue. I would love to make this great yummy treat!!!!! thank you so much!!!!
  • Andrea E.
    This looks amazing... Vitamix is an amazing brand! Can't wait to try this one :)
  • Beata
    I love your blog and recipes, but I feel very excluded, same as many other people. Open to US and UK, but what about Canada, same continent as US???
  • These looks so creamy, chocolatey and delicious! It's just getting cold in D.C. so I need this now!
  • Lene Bringsjord
    Love the beautiful pictures and the colors. Will love ❤ to win the Vitamix 🍹 @justlove2ndhand by Lene
  • Margaret
    Great drink,not only delicious but also very elegant in this cristal glass. All the best to you with your beautiful newborn.
  • It looks really delicious! I'm in love with the glass! Where is it from?
  • Guys.... I am in heaven right now. WHAT A DELICIOUS TREAT!! Thank you so so so much!! Everyone loved this in our house!! Greetings from Spain.
  • I often make cacao smoothies, in different variations, and making it warm sounded like a great idea for the cold days. However, the texture came out powdery and not creamy at all (and yes, I do have a strong blender). I used raw cacao powder, can that be the cause? Is the recipe calling for regular cacao powder?
  • Mac
    OMG... It looks so delicius! Check out this site for more healthy recipes :)
  • Wow! It must be so delicious and perfect for fall ! :)
  • Looks so good, my toddler will love it!
  • your book was just gorgeous, really inspirational. this hot chocolate looks amazing too, don't know how you guys do it.
  • I rarely meet a hot chocolate recipe I don't like. I've never made hot chocolate in a blender, but now I have to try this.
  • It was already midnight when I was reading this but it looked so delicious that I got up straight out of the bed and started writing a shopping list to buy al the groceries tomorrow for this little sweety. I hope I can borough the blender from my neighbor...cross my fingers! #yummie!!!
  • Shilpa
    I looove hot chocolate. Would love to try this recipe using a Vitamix blender. Keeping my fingers crossed.
    Ohhhh...I am sooo sad!. I was so excited about the Vitamix giveaway, I always wanted one but I can´t afford one at the moment. I am from Spain and I´ve got all your books, I wish the giveaway was for all Europe!. Love from Spain!!!....And I am just going to try the smoothie you just shared, it looks sooo yummy :).
  • Kate
    We had some big earthquakes in New Zealand last night (no damage, just shaken up), I got up, saw your new recipe, and made myself a pot of hot chocolate...I'm feeling much better now!
  • I always look forward to your posts! Since stumbling across you through pinterest maybe a year or so ago, I now have added all three of your cookbooks to my collection and cook from them every week! Your desserts are my favorite, but I love discovering all the new flavor combinations in your creations, and your photography ALWAYS inspires me to keep playing with my food!
  • Damn, I was so excited for a vitamix giveaway I could actually enter! I thought for sure it'd be for Europe, too. I will try this recipe in my not-so-great blender and hope for the best, it looks wonderful!
  • I just bought Green Kitchen Smoothies and I've already made a nut milk + the nut pulp crackers! They were delicious! :)
  • Looks amazing! Can't wait to try it! I am in *love* with your newest book!!
  • I am not taking part in the giveaway as I am.from.Poland but I do owe your book,I love it and I will try this smoothie out.It looks amazing!!!
  • Wow, this is such a wonderful recipe. And your photography is simply always :)
  • This looks amazing, and I love the idea of adding tahini to hot chocolate. I'll definitely be giving this recipe a try soon - thank you for yet another great post!
  • This is absolutely a must-try! It looks so delicious, and oh my, your pictures are always on point - such a great inspiration! Emma Jo
  • competition is open for everyone in the US and UK - betyder det att vi svenskar inte kan delta i vitamix-tävlingen? Önskar mig en Vitamix sååå mycket!! Tack för en superbra inspirerande blogg! ❤️
  • Jo
    Love Luise 's sweater :) Sounds like a great recipe . Pity contest not open to people living in Asia :) vitamix and you have a big fanbase here you no :) Hopefully the next time .. Jo :)
  • Sam
    Love the look and sound of this - so cozy! And amazing prize, I've always wanted Vitamix.

Leave a comment