Raw, Vegan Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate

By Chef:  Gena Hemshaw
Posted: December 17, 2012


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The texture of this hot chocolate is a bit thick due to the cacao nibs and the dates. For that reason, it reminds me a whole lot of the super-rich, upscale hot chocolates—the kind that are practically melted chocolate in a glass—that you’ll sometimes find at fine chocolatiers. Except this one is made with only almond milk, cacao nibs and powder, dates, and spice. A healthy spin on a decadent classic.


  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 4-6 pitted dates (adjust according to preferences)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder


Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender till smooth. Heat gently over the stove before serving.