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Healthy Holiday Drinks | Three holiday drinks: hot cocoa, 'egg nog,' and vanilla steamed milk. Made as whole and nutrient-dense as possible with the same dairy-free cashew base. | simplytothrive.com

Healthy Holiday Drinks

Three holiday drinks: hot cocoa, 'eggnog,' and vanilla steamed milk. Made as whole and nutrient-dense as possible all with the same dairy-free cashew base. Serve at whatever temperature you want. 

Total Time 15 minutes
Author Noelle

Ingredients

  • Raw cashews, soaked until soft (15+ min), and drained
  • Fresh dates, pitted
  • Hot water, as needed
  • For hot cacao : raw cacao
  • For 'eggnog' : ground nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, fresh vanilla bean
  • For vanilla steamer : fresh vanilla bean

Instructions

To make a DIY bar

  1. Create the base by blending raw cashews, a few pitted dates (~2 for every ~1 cup cashews), and hot water on high until creamy. Slowly stream in the water until you reach your desired thickness.

  2. Taste. Assess the thickness and sweetness. Adjust by blending in another date or two, or more water, as necessary.

  3. Have the raw cacao, spices for the ‘egg nog’, and vanilla for the vanilla steamer set up to be able to add directly to your mug. Depending on the drink you make, add the necessary ingredients to your mug. Pour in the cashew milk. If frothing, pour to fill 1/2 - 3/4 of the mug. Either mix with a spoon or froth until thoroughly mixed.

  4. Taste. Assess flavor and adjust by adding more as desired.

To make one batch in the blender

  1. Blend raw cashews that have been soaked, a few pitted dates, and hot water on high until creamy. Slowly stream in the water until you reach your desired thickness.

  2. Taste. Assess the thickness and sweetness. Adjust by blending in another date or two, or more water, as necessary.

  3. Once you have the base, blend in desired cacao or spices. Use as much as you’d like, depending on the volume you make and how rich of flavor you want. If unsure, start with a lesser amount, blend, taste, and add more in smaller amounts. Repeat as needed to reach desired taste.