Healthy Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipe
The first time I tried making vegan hot chocolate myself was a total shit-show. I was doing a little nature retreat by myself in Lake Tahoe, where my grandparents have a cabin that they let all us grandbabies use.
My best friend Dasha (who you learned about here) gave me the idea to spend the week I had up there juicing to see if it would help my skin (so I did and I’ll be sharing that experience soon!). She had just recently watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead about this man who lost tons of weight and seemingly cured his weird skin rash by going on a juice cleanse for over a month. I know we’ve all heard of three and five day juice cleanses but 30 days?! Then he turned it into 60 days!!
What a nut lol. But, hey, he said he felt great and he was getting frequent blood tests and being observed by doctors, so hey if it works for you, more power to ya. I have a friend, Suzanne (actually Matt’s sister in law), who always says “You do you, Ali, you do you.” I love that saying. She usually says it when I’m doing something weird (this happens quite often) which is appropriate because only the weirdos do things that require such a statement. Personally, I like “whatever floats your boat, girlfriend”. Or, in the words of the great Oscar Wilde:
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
So do whatever feels good and right to you and don’t let what anyone else thinks or says have an effect on you. Only you know what’s best for you.
But back to my vegan hot chocolate aka almond milk experience.
I looked up a few recipes and decided it sounded simple enough. 1 cup of almonds soaked overnight, 3 cups of filtered water, 2 dates, a pinch of sea salt, and vanilla beans/extract all thrown into the juicer. Mmmmm yeahhh…if any of you have used a juicer before, you know this didn’t go well for me.