Cacao

This raw chocolate shake recipe can be altered in countless ways. You can change the nuts, the spices, the sweetener, use bananas or omit them for a milky beverage, or add any flavors you love or happen to have on hand. The zest of an orange or a tablespoon of rosewater would make a lovely addition. Try adding or substituting other extracts such as cherry, raspberry, coffee or even bourbon! A raw cacao beverage like this one, with all of it’s variations, is sure to get the juices flowing.

Ingredients:
1 cup raw almonds, walnuts, macadamia or other nuts
4 cups water
4 to 6 medjool dates, to taste
1/4 cup raw cacao powder, or to taste
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds only, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, to taste
2 bananas, raw or frozen, optional for thickness
1 tablespoon raw almond butter, optional for decadence

Method:
Place the almonds and water in a blender and blend on high speed for 20 seconds.
Pour through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, reserving the milk.
Rinse out the blender and pour the milk back in.
Add the remaining ingredients to the milk and blend for 20 seconds.
Taste and adjust the flavor if desired.
This raw chocolate drink is best when served immediately.
Otherwise refrigerate until you are ready to serve and reblend first.

If you don’t slurp this down with a smile on your face, then drink it again.

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