Healthy Vegan Chocolate Milk

You will want to chug this chocolate milk.

Back when I was in fourth grade, my friend and I decided to throw a little chugging contest. Just us, right there, in the cafeteria. (PLEEEEASE tell me you’ve done chugging contests before!!) We each had one of those plastic water bottles that were unopened an untouched. Yeahhhh… we were racing to see who could chug a whole 16.9 ounces of water first. Great idea, no?

Very soon after the chugging contest, my friend and I were getting weird stomachaches. Seconds later, we had to race to the bathroom, trying to hold ourselves together until we reached the toilet.

Let’s just say our little contest was neither a pleasant experience nor a good idea.

 

So why did I tell you this little anecdote? To hopefully convince you NOT to chug all this vegan chocolate milk even though you will seriously want to. You probably will still down it in one sitting (like I kinda did) but if you do the consequences will be well worth it.

So very worth it.


Healthy Vegan Chocolate Milk

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • Scant 2/3 cup “raw” cashews
  • 6 Tbsp powdered erythritol
  • 2.5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt (do not omit!)
  • 2.5 cups cold water
  • optional, for more sweetness: stevia extract to taste

Directions: In a small bowl, cover the cashews in hot water. Place a plate over the bowl and let soak for ~45 minutes. Remove the plate and place the bowl in the fridge for ~30 minutes so the cashews can cool. In a blender (I used a Vita-Mix) blend all the ingredients together for a minute or so. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl and strain the mixture so all the cashew-meal is removed. Place the cashew meal and strained milk back into the blender and repeat the blending steps one or two more times. Store in the fridge.


I’m not posting the nutrition facts for this since I really don’t know what they are. If you want some cohesive nutrition facts, you could try mixing everything but the cashews and water with 2.5 cups store-bought almond milk. But I haven’t tried this version so please proceed at your own risk! I can only vouch for the version above… and as I alluded to above that version is pretty darn delicious. Who cares about nutrition facts?

This chocolate milk is a good drink to refuel yourself after a hard workout, i.e. those 2-hour cross country practices and intense CrossFit WODs and day-long Sherlock marathons. It’s also good for pouring into a bottle and bringing to work or school. Really, what I’m trying to say is MAKE THIS NOW. Quick! Hurry to the kitchen and start soakin them cashews!

And in case you were wondering who won the chugging contest… it was me 🙂

-Emily

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