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Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in dairy free, dessert, gluten free, Holidays, paleo, snack, Valentines day | 0 comments

Healthy Hemp Hot Chocolate




This has become my family’s favourite hot chocolate recipe…and it’s what I’d consider a Healthy Snack!

Using soaked Hemp Hearts to make a creamy dairy-free base, gives this semi-sweet drink a real boost. Hemp Hearts are said to be one of the most complete sources of plant protein. They are also packed with a good ratio of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and they are full of phytonutrients. Pair that with the health benefits of cocoa and natural anti-oxidant rich pure maple syrup and you have a tasty, healthy trio! When we come home from a hard day of tobogganing, I feel good about giving my kids this drink.


I usually set the seeds in a jar covered in water (say 4  inches above the seeds…I don’t measure) before we leave for our outdoor winter adventure. When we get home they are ready to go! (1-2 hours is best…you can speed up the process by using warm/hot water)

You are going to love this with my Maple Sweetened Raspberry Marshmallow Recipe!

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Healthy Hemp Hot Chocolate | Dairy & Nut Free

Serves: 2
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  • 4 tablespoons Hemp Hearts (soaked)
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free cocoa
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (optional)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (optional for stirring/flavour)
  • 2 hot chili peppers (optional for added flavor, just set one in your full cup for a few minutes)
  • We usually cool it off with a little dairy free milk on top or whipped coconut cream, or my Maple Sweetened Raspberry Marshmallows

  1. Soak your hemp hearts for a few hours until soft (see notes in post above)
  2. Place the soaked hemp hearts, cocoa, water, maple syrup and vanilla in a blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the mixture to a small pot and heat
  4. Pour into 2 mugs, add cinnamon or hot peppers if desired.


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