- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or plant milk of your choice)
- 2 medjool dates
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp culinary lavender buds, plus extra for sprinkling on top
- 1/3 cup dark drinking chocolate
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- maple syrup to taste (optional)
- vegan whipped cream
- vegan marshmallows
- sprinkle of culinary lavender buds
- Place the dates in a small bowl of warm water and soak for 5 minutes. Remove the pits from the dates and blend the dates with the almond milk in a high-speed blender for just under a minute. Pour the almond milk through a fine mesh sieve into a medium-sized saucepan (separating the date bits from the milk). Add a pinch of sea salt to the almond milk.
- Warm the milk, over medium-low heat. Remove the milk from the heat when it begins to steadily steam/comes to a very gentle simmer (avoid over simmering or boiling the milk).
- Add in the lavender buds; give the milk a gentle stir. Allow the lavender to steep for 7-10 minutes.* Strain the lavender-infused milk through a fine-mesh sieve over another medium-sized saucepan (separating the lavender buds from the milk; discard the buds).
- Warm the milk back to steaming and stir in the drinking chocolate until the chocolate has melted.
- Remove the lavender hot chocolate from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.**
- Use an immersion blender, whisk or a handheld milk frother (or very carefully transfer the hot chocolate into a high-speed blender) to blend the lavender hot chocolate; a few seconds will do, until the hot chocolate is frothy and smooth.
- Pour the lavender hot chocolate into mugs and add toppings as desired. Serve warm and enjoy!
- * I enjoy this lavender hot chocolate with a hint of lavender as a background flavor. For a bolder infusion, allow the lavender buds to steep for the full 10 minutes.
- **Though this hot chocolate is lightly sweetened with dates, depending on the strength of your dark drinking chocolate, you may wish to further adjust the sweetness level at this time. Stir in a tiny bit of maple syrup to taste.