The kids love this hazelnut chocolate milk, it's creamy, sweet and much healthier than store bought chocolate beverages because they're full of sugar and many of them are made with dairy products. Besides, you can use the pulp to make chocolate hazelnut truffles, they are so delicious and healthy (I'll share the recipe soon, so stay tuned!).
I usually add dates to my homemade plant milks, but you can also use date syrup or any natural sweetener. I recommend you to use some sweetener because the cocoa powder is bitter, but you can use only water, hazelnut and cocoa is you want.
I've used cocoa powder because it's what I had in my kitchen, but you can use carob powder, it's healthier and tastes also great, I'm actually going to use it from now. You should add 1 tablespoon of carob or cocoa powder, taste the milk and add more, because maybe you prefer to add more or less. Anyway, if you add too much you can add more dates (or sweetener) or water.
If you don't like hazelnuts you can use any other plant milk (you can find other recipes on the blog) and add the cocoa or the carob powder and more sweetener if it's not enough sweet for you. I love the hazelnut + chocolate combination, but chocolate is also delicious with other nuts. If you love this combination too, you should try to make your own homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. If you don't know how to make it, don't worry, you can find the recipe in our 10 Easy Vegan Recipes FREE E-Cookbook.
I've used my Vitamix to make this recipe, but you can use any other blender. Use a strainer to remove the pulp, although if your blender is very powerful, you don’t need to strain the milk. To strain it, you can also use a napkin, a cheesecloth or a plant milk maker.
This hazelnut chocolate milk is ready in less than 10 minutes and you can keep it in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. I know nowadays we haven't much time, but homemade milks are delicious, cheaper and healthier. If you don't have any time, at least avoid dairy products and drinks made with refined sugar. We need to take care of ourselves, we only have one body and it's totally worth to invest our money and time in our health. In addition, you only need a few ingredients and 10 minutes to make this delicious beverage.
Hazelnut Chocolate Milk
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup unsalted raw hazelnuts
- 4 dates
- 2 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder
- Soak the hazelnuts in water overnight.
- Drain, rinse and blend the hazelnuts with the water until well blended and almost smooth.
- Strain the milk using a cheesecloth or a strainer.
- Pour the milk in a blender and blend with the dates and cocoa or carob powder.
- Store the hazelnut chocolate milk in a sealed container in the fridge for 3 or 4 days.
- This recipe yields 3 and ½ cups (875 ml).
- Nutritional info has been calculated without straining the milk.