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Hot Blender Chocolate + Vitamix Competition

We’ve had intense snow falls and cold days here in Stockholm for the past week. A weather that calls for furry sweaters, warm soups, spicy stews and large cups of hot chocolate. Our favourite chocolate recipe is thick, rich, creamy, vegan and insanely delicious. And we are sharing it here today, along with a competition to win a Vitamix blender (further down in this post). We actually make our chocolate directly in the blender, which not only saves dishes but also makes it perfectly frothy. This recipe is based on one of the recipes from our smoothie book, but we have adapted it slightly for our current mood. We have also added a few mashed blackberries to each glass/cup before serving, for a bit of complexity and a hint of berry flavour (which work really well with chocolate). This is of course entirely optional in case you are a hot chocolate traditionalist.


We use soaked cashews, soft dates and salt for a plant based creamy sweet milk. Cacao powder, cinnamon, ginger add chocolate flavour and tahini or coconut oil makes it richer. If you can only find dried dates, you can pre-soak them along with the cashew nuts to make them easier to blend. Our chocolate isn’t super dark, as our kids prefer it like this. But you can easily add some extra cacao to make it more intense.


Win a Vitamix!

As a belated celebration of our Green Kitchen Smoothies book (which now is out in UK, US, Australia, German, DutchSwedish, Danish and Polish), Vitamix has kindly agreed to give away one of their new Vitamix S30 blenders (the one we have used in this post) to one of our readers. It’s a smaller but strong model that we have been trying at home for the past month. To win it, you simply have to share a smoothie related photo on instagram (it can be either a smoothie you have made from our book, the cover of the book or one of our smoothie photos that you can find online) using the two hashtags #GKSVitamix and #GreenKitchenSmoothies (you need to have a public instagram account – not private – for us to see your hashtags). We will randomly draw a winner on 7 December so it will hopefully arrive before Christmas. The competition is open for everyone in the US and UK. Good luck!



Hot Cashew Chocolate
Serves 2-4

Important: Before you start, make sure your blender is approved for hot liquids. Otherwise, add cold water to the blender instead of hot and heat the chocolate on the stove after it has been blended.

Hot chocolate ingredients
½ cup / 65 g cashew nuts
2-3 cups / 500-750 ml filtered water
4 fresh dates, pitted
3 tbsp cacao powder
2 tsp tahini (preferably
unhulled) or coconut oil
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt 

To serve
Blackberries, fresh or thawed frozen 

Soak the cashew nuts in water for 3-6 hours. If you are in a hurry and have a strong blender, soaking them in hot water for 30 minutes is also possible. Drain and rinse the nuts and add them to the blender. Boil the water in a kettle. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients to the blender. Add 2 cups of the hot water to the blender. Close the lid carefully. Start blending on low speed and then increase to max speed. It should be ready and smooth after about 30 seconds. Taste it and add more water if it’s too thick or more cacao, dates or salt to taste.

Serve immediately. If you like, try mashing a few blackberries in the bottom of the glass before serving. It creates beautiful streaks of colour and adds a delicious berry tone to the the drink.

We have received no compensation for this post. We simply asked Vitamix if they’d be willing to give away a blender to a reader because we think Vitamix is awesome and we think you readers are awesome!


  1. Sam
    Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 13:18 | #

    Love the look and sound of this – so cozy!
    And amazing prize, I’ve always wanted Vitamix.

  2. Jo
    Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 14:15 | #

    Love Luise ‘s sweater :)
    Sounds like a great recipe . Pity contest not open to people living in Asia :) vitamix and you have a big fanbase here you no :)
    Hopefully the next time ..

    Jo :)

  3. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 14:54 | #

    competition is open for everyone in the US and UK – betyder det att vi svenskar inte kan delta i vitamix-tävlingen? Önskar mig en Vitamix sååå mycket!! Tack för en superbra inspirerande blogg! ❤️

  4. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 15:41 | #

    This is absolutely a must-try! It looks so delicious, and oh my, your pictures are always on point – such a great inspiration!

    Emma Jo

  5. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 19:59 | #

    This looks amazing, and I love the idea of adding tahini to hot chocolate. I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try soon – thank you for yet another great post!

  6. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 20:34 | #

    Wow, this is such a wonderful recipe. And your photography is simply beautiful…as always :)

  7. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 20:50 | #

    I am not taking part in the giveaway as I am.from.Poland but I do owe your book,I love it and I will try this smoothie out.It looks amazing!!!

  8. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 20:50 | #

    Looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! I am in *love* with your newest book!!

  9. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 21:00 | #

    I just bought Green Kitchen Smoothies and I’ve already made a nut milk + the nut pulp crackers! They were delicious! :)

  10. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 21:45 | #

    Damn, I was so excited for a vitamix giveaway I could actually enter! I thought for sure it’d be for Europe, too. I will try this recipe in my not-so-great blender and hope for the best, it looks wonderful!

  11. Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 21:51 | #

    I always look forward to your posts! Since stumbling across you through pinterest maybe a year or so ago, I now have added all three of your cookbooks to my collection and cook from them every week! Your desserts are my favorite, but I love discovering all the new flavor combinations in your creations, and your photography ALWAYS inspires me to keep playing with my food!

  12. Kate
    Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 22:01 | #

    We had some big earthquakes in New Zealand last night (no damage, just shaken up), I got up, saw your new recipe, and made myself a pot of hot chocolate…I’m feeling much better now!

  13. RAQUEL
    Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 22:18 | #

    Ohhhh…I am sooo sad!. I was so excited about the Vitamix giveaway, I always wanted one but I can´t afford one at the moment. I am from Spain and I´ve got all your books, I wish the giveaway was for all Europe!.
    Love from Spain!!!….And I am just going to try the smoothie you just shared, it looks sooo yummy :).

  14. Shilpa
    Posted 13 Nov ’16 at 22:33 | #

    I looove hot chocolate. Would love to try this recipe using a Vitamix blender. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  15. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 00:20 | #

    It was already midnight when I was reading this but it looked so delicious that I got up straight out of the bed and started writing a shopping list to buy al the groceries tomorrow for this little sweety. I hope I can borough the blender from my neighbor…cross my fingers! #yummie!!!

  16. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 03:46 | #

    I rarely meet a hot chocolate recipe I don’t like. I’ve never made hot chocolate in a blender, but now I have to try this.

  17. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 05:41 | #

    your book was just gorgeous, really inspirational. this hot chocolate looks amazing too, don’t know how you guys do it.

  18. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 11:54 | #

    Looks so good, my toddler will love it!


  19. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 12:49 | #

    Wow! It must be so delicious and perfect for fall ! :)

  20. Mac
    Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 15:08 | #

    OMG… It looks so delicius!

    Check out this site for more healthy recipes :)


  21. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 16:36 | #

    I often make cacao smoothies, in different variations, and making it warm sounded like a great idea for the cold days. However, the texture came out powdery and not creamy at all (and yes, I do have a strong blender). I used raw cacao powder, can that be the cause? Is the recipe calling for regular cacao powder?

  22. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 16:52 | #

    Guys…. I am in heaven right now. WHAT A DELICIOUS TREAT!! Thank you so so so much!! Everyone loved this in our house!! Greetings from Spain.

  23. Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 19:51 | #

    It looks really delicious! I’m in love with the glass! Where is it from?

  24. Margaret
    Posted 14 Nov ’16 at 21:48 | #

    Great drink,not only delicious but also very elegant in this cristal glass.
    All the best to you with your beautiful newborn.

  25. Lene Bringsjord
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 00:10 | #

    Love the beautiful pictures and the colors. Will love ❤ to win the Vitamix 🍹 @justlove2ndhand by Lene

  26. Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 00:20 | #

    These looks so creamy, chocolatey and delicious! It’s just getting cold in D.C. so I need this now!

  27. Beata
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 00:39 | #

    I love your blog and recipes, but I feel very excluded, same as many other people. Open to US and UK, but what about Canada, same continent as US???

  28. Andrea E.
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 03:29 | #

    This looks amazing… Vitamix is an amazing brand!
    Can’t wait to try this one :)

  29. Molly Savage
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 06:35 | #

    I am trying to switch to a better diet without dairy because I was recently diagnosed with a new medical issue. I would love to make this great yummy treat!!!!! thank you so much!!!!

  30. Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 12:57 | #

    Really impressive post shared by you!!!! Photos & recipe are attracting to post.
    Waiting for next post…..

  31. Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 15:30 | #

    Such a lovely recipe! I love my hot chocolate also thick and often this is my breakfast. Mmm, cashews, this sould be delicious, i only made mine with oats (oats+tahini+cacao mass+carob powder+dates). Divine!

  32. Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 17:06 | #

    This is the most interesting hot chocolate recipe I’ve come across! Lovely photos! :)

  33. Yvonne
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 17:26 | #

    Just made this on a wet dreary evening here in England. This is a winner in my books. It’s creamy and luxurious and the hint of ginger gives a lovely warm note. Thanks for making my day x

  34. Lisa
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 18:19 | #

    This was delicious! I had half of it left over, so stirred in two tablespoons of chia, left it overnight, and enjoyed the rest as an awesome pudding.so good

  35. Clara
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 20:08 | #

    Thank you!!!!
    lovely post- as always!

  36. joanne
    Posted 15 Nov ’16 at 23:31 | #

    I was looking at this recipe getting ready to make it, but wanted to make sure that the amount of salt called for in the recipe is right. 1/2 teaspoon seems like a lot.. Is it right?

    • Posted 16 Nov ’16 at 00:59 | #

      Hi Joanne, yes we use 1/2 tsp salt in this recipe. If you think it sounds too much, you can start with less, taste the blend and then add more if you think it’s needed.

  37. Karen
    Posted 16 Nov ’16 at 15:47 | #

    This is a tiny bit too salty for me, but is absolutely delicious. I think I may bring it to the holiday staff party at work!

  38. Posted 16 Nov ’16 at 18:46 | #

    JUST….WOOOOOWWWW!!!! I want to try it….as soon as possible!

  39. Posted 16 Nov ’16 at 22:52 | #

    Every single image in this post, as well as the series as a whole is just… drop dead gorgeous. I love the light, the moody feeling and the colors and textures!

    And oh, I do of course love hot chocolate too – time to buy some ingredients to enjoy some this weekend!

  40. Posted 17 Nov ’16 at 00:22 | #

    This hot chocolate looks amazing – it’s so interesting how tastes change with the seasons. it’s almost like self-preservation, craving one-pots and hot drinks.

    A lovely post guys.

  41. Posted 17 Nov ’16 at 13:35 | #

    Omg! This sounds really a mouthwatering recipe. I’ll definitely make one of these cold days. It’s nice to drink this with someone dear to you.

  42. Siliana Chiliachka
    Posted 19 Nov ’16 at 02:03 | #

    Just made this. It was incredible! Thank you for the recipe ❤️❤️❤️

  43. Virginia
    Posted 19 Nov ’16 at 14:48 | #

    I recently wrote an email asking about the app and whether more recipes are put up every week. Received no answer. The app has barely any unique recipes, most are on the website as well. I was wondering what makes it different from the ebsite (the app is paid and the website is not). I would appreciate your reply. Thanks.

  44. Ferdi
    Posted 19 Nov ’16 at 17:50 | #

    Honestly, love the blog but find the ad disappointing.

  45. Posted 21 Nov ’16 at 21:51 | #

    I tried this recipe last night, and despite reading the article carefully. It was soo delicious. Thanks for sharing. Really I like it.

  46. Esthela
    Posted 25 Nov ’16 at 17:43 | #

    I just made it and it is so delicious! Without Words! =)
    Thanks a lot for sharing

  47. Posted 29 Nov ’16 at 14:23 | #

    Since it is getting colder outside, I get excited to make one for my own. Doing this at home makes a lot thrilling because i get to bond with my family also.
    Thank you for this recipe.

  48. AJ
    Posted 2 Dec ’16 at 17:28 | #

    Looks amazing! Great nourishment for a new mum, too. Where’s your gorgeous sweater from, btw? You look so lovely…xx

  49. Posted 5 Dec ’16 at 08:06 | #

    Omg, this looks too good to be true!! <3
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  50. Brice
    Posted 14 Dec ’16 at 04:52 | #

    Was the winner of the Vitamix posted? I have not seen it?

  51. Patti
    Posted 22 Dec ’16 at 22:22 | #

    Thank you for your outstanding recipe collection. I love Green Kitchen Stories and it is one of my most frequently referred to cookbooks. Are the cashews in the hot chocolate recipe intended to be raw? In your photo they look raw but I thought I would double check as roasted cashew butter could be excellent in this recipe as well.

    • Posted 22 Dec ’16 at 23:21 | #

      Hi Patti, they are raw but soaked and drained, so when you mix them they become cashew milk. I agree that roasted cashew butter indeed would be a good alternative.

  52. Siliana Chiliachka
    Posted 25 Dec ’16 at 11:57 | #

    Hi guys, did you do the drawing for the vitamin? Merry Christmas!!

  53. Posted 9 Jan ’17 at 14:16 | #

    Great way to combine my favorite sweet-chocolate with some healthy ingredients.Thank you so much!

  54. Jennifer L.
    Posted 14 Jan ’17 at 02:56 | #

    It’s 81 degrees here in Hawaii and I was looking at this recipe longingly. I think I might make a cold chocolate smoothie version. Right now. Brilliant. We have three kids now too. Our youngest is 7 months and currently on a nap strike. A little chocolate might help us get through the day!

    • Susana
      Posted 14 Jan ’17 at 14:26 | #

      Great! share it with us when yo make it!

  55. Posted 17 Jan ’17 at 16:59 | #

    tried to add an Ice cream and it’s also great :)

  56. Posted 29 Jan ’17 at 16:23 | #

    Personally, I like more Cocoa powder in mine! I’m just a chocolate nut though. Might add some nutella in there :)

  57. Posted 31 Jan ’17 at 19:01 | #

    I have not tried a drink like this with cashews in it. . . will let ya know how it turns out!

  58. Gustavo Woltmann
    Posted 5 Feb ’17 at 19:13 | #

    I’am excited to make one on my own. I love your blog.

    – Gustavo Woltmann

  59. Posted 2 Mar ’17 at 04:52 | #

    First of all, I love your jumper!! 😊 Found your blog on BBC Good Food post.. Tahini in hot chocolate I would have never thought of that, it makes a change from coconut oil, I’m going to have try this for sure! Thanks! X

  60. Posted 3 Apr ’17 at 12:38 | #

    Vitamix Blenders now comes with different series to bring out the best for those people who love smoothies and even for those health conscious people. Read more of this at the website I have listed above.

  61. Posted 27 Apr ’17 at 07:28 | #

    I am a little late to participate in the competition, but I loved the Swedish way of doing hot chocolate. I also like the fact that you are adding some fruits to it. Summer is not the best for hot chocolate, so I shall try your recipe in a cold type smoothie and see if I shall be successful. Take care and thanks for this wonderful recipe. I will one day win the competition ;)

  62. Posted 22 May ’17 at 10:15 | #

    Vitamix did a great job with the ingredients. Oh! This looks do delicious! one quick question – where do you find espresso powder? I can never find it! However, it aa great idea!

  63. Posted 23 May ’17 at 12:51 | #

    I personally found it at my local supermarket. You can use any type of powder really.

  64. Posted 10 Dec ’18 at 12:12 | #

    Just tried this in my vitamix…. another level! so good.

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