Cacao Mint Almond Milk (Paleo)

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to sip on some hot chocolate by the Christmas Tree watching a holiday classic on TV.   This Cacao Mint Almond Milk is sweetened with dates and gets it’s chocolaty taste from raw cacao.  I also use Young Living’s Vitality Peppermint Oil to give it the perfect amount of peppermint flavor.  I love adding this to my morning matcha or drinking it warm on its own.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups raw almonds
  • 4 ½  cups filtered water + 2 cups for soaking
  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 21 dates)
  • ¾ cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil (just one!)

Directions:

  • Place almonds in a bowl and cover with filtered water.  Water should completely cover the almonds. Let soak overnight.
  • Drain and rinse almonds.
  • Place rinsed almonds into a high powered blender.
  • Add 4½ cups filtered water, dates and cacao, vanilla extract and peppermint oil.  Blend until beginning to get frothy.
  • Using a nut bag, strain milk from almonds pulp.  Be sure to squeeze all the liquid out.*
  • Store in a glass jar in the fridge.

 

Notes:

*I love to reuse the leftover almond pulp to make cookies.

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