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!


  • Vitamix Blenders now comes with different series to bring out the best for those people who love smoothies and even for those health conscious people. Read more of this at the website I have listed above.
  • First of all, I love your jumper!! 😊 Found your blog on BBC Good Food post.. Tahini in hot chocolate I would have never thought of that, it makes a change from coconut oil, I'm going to have try this for sure! Thanks! X
  • Gustavo Woltmann
    I'am excited to make one on my own. I love your blog. - Gustavo Woltmann
  • I have not tried a drink like this with cashews in it. . . will let ya know how it turns out!
  • Personally, I like more Cocoa powder in mine! I'm just a chocolate nut though. Might add some nutella in there :)
  • tried to add an Ice cream and it's also great :)
  • Jennifer L.
    It's 81 degrees here in Hawaii and I was looking at this recipe longingly. I think I might make a cold chocolate smoothie version. Right now. Brilliant. We have three kids now too. Our youngest is 7 months and currently on a nap strike. A little chocolate might help us get through the day!
    • Susana
      Great! share it with us when yo make it!
  • Great way to combine my favorite sweet-chocolate with some healthy ingredients.Thank you so much!
  • Siliana Chiliachka
    Hi guys, did you do the drawing for the vitamin? Merry Christmas!!
  • Patti
    Thank you for your outstanding recipe collection. I love Green Kitchen Stories and it is one of my most frequently referred to cookbooks. Are the cashews in the hot chocolate recipe intended to be raw? In your photo they look raw but I thought I would double check as roasted cashew butter could be excellent in this recipe as well.
    • Hi Patti, they are raw but soaked and drained, so when you mix them they become cashew milk. I agree that roasted cashew butter indeed would be a good alternative. /David
  • Brice
    Was the winner of the Vitamix posted? I have not seen it?
  • Omg, this looks too good to be true!! <3 xx finja |
  • AJ
    Looks amazing! Great nourishment for a new mum, too. Where's your gorgeous sweater from, btw? You look so lovely...xx
  • Since it is getting colder outside, I get excited to make one for my own. Doing this at home makes a lot thrilling because i get to bond with my family also. Thank you for this recipe.
  • Esthela
    I just made it and it is so delicious! Without Words! =) Thanks a lot for sharing
  • I tried this recipe last night, and despite reading the article carefully. It was soo delicious. Thanks for sharing. Really I like it.
  • Ferdi
    Honestly, love the blog but find the ad disappointing.
  • Virginia
    I recently wrote an email asking about the app and whether more recipes are put up every week. Received no answer. The app has barely any unique recipes, most are on the website as well. I was wondering what makes it different from the ebsite (the app is paid and the website is not). I would appreciate your reply. Thanks.
  • Siliana Chiliachka
    Just made this. It was incredible! Thank you for the recipe ❤️❤️❤️
  • Omg! This sounds really a mouthwatering recipe. I'll definitely make one of these cold days. It's nice to drink this with someone dear to you.
  • This hot chocolate looks amazing - it's so interesting how tastes change with the seasons. it's almost like self-preservation, craving one-pots and hot drinks. A lovely post guys.
  • Every single image in this post, as well as the series as a whole is just... drop dead gorgeous. I love the light, the moody feeling and the colors and textures! And oh, I do of course love hot chocolate too - time to buy some ingredients to enjoy some this weekend!
  • JUST....WOOOOOWWWW!!!! I want to try soon as possible!
  • Karen
    This is a tiny bit too salty for me, but is absolutely delicious. I think I may bring it to the holiday staff party at work!
  • joanne
    I was looking at this recipe getting ready to make it, but wanted to make sure that the amount of salt called for in the recipe is right. 1/2 teaspoon seems like a lot.. Is it right?
    • Hi Joanne, yes we use 1/2 tsp salt in this recipe. If you think it sounds too much, you can start with less, taste the blend and then add more if you think it's needed. /David
  • Clara
    Thank you!!!! lovely post- as always!
  • Lisa
    This was delicious! I had half of it left over, so stirred in two tablespoons of chia, left it overnight, and enjoyed the rest as an awesome good
  • Yvonne
    Just made this on a wet dreary evening here in England. This is a winner in my books. It's creamy and luxurious and the hint of ginger gives a lovely warm note. Thanks for making my day x
  • This is the most interesting hot chocolate recipe I've come across! Lovely photos! :)
  • Such a lovely recipe! I love my hot chocolate also thick and often this is my breakfast. Mmm, cashews, this sould be delicious, i only made mine with oats (oats+tahini+cacao mass+carob powder+dates). Divine!

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