Lavender Hot Chocolate

Lavender Hot Chocolate // Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #lavender #hotchocolate #holidays

I looked out the kitchen window and felt nostalgic for summer. A hard frost had covered our lavender fields in a blanket of silver; though in my mind’s eye I could still see the lavender blooming. Winter was coming. The days would get darker and colder. With such frosty thoughts in mind, I needed a boost—a little touch of summer. Why not hot chocolate with lavender? I made myself a cup of  Lavender Hot Chocolate and sipped it slowly, letting the lavender and chocolate revive and energize. I hope you’ll try this dairy-free recipe and get a little boost of summer too!

Lavender Hot Chocolate // Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #lavender #hotchocolate

Lavender Hot Chocolate // Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #lavender #hotchocolate

Plant-derived foods such as cocoa and cocoa products are an abundant source of flavanols. Cocoa and chocolate have been studied in relation to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, risk reduction of diabetes and their beneficial effects on satiety, mood and cognitive function. Dark chocolate that is 70% or higher tends to contain more flavanol cocoa solids than milk chocolate.

Lavender Hot Chocolate // Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #lavender #hotchocolate

Looking for more cozy lavender recipes? Try this Lavender Moon Milk!

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Lavender Hot Chocolate // Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #lavender #hotchocolate #holidays

Lavender Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Shannon
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2, 8 oz. servings

Ingredients

  • 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)

Optional Toppings

  • vegan whipped cream
  • vegan marshmallows
  • sprinkle of culinary lavender buds

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. Warm the milk back to steaming and stir in the drinking chocolate until the chocolate has melted.
  5. Remove the lavender hot chocolate from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.**
  6. 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.
  7. Pour the lavender hot chocolate into mugs and add toppings as desired. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  • * 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.
December 13, 2018

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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jess

    December 8, 2018

    Nice lighting, pastel colors and photography. 🙂

    • Reply

      Shannon

      December 10, 2018

      Jess, thank you! Your lovely comment made my day!

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