Secret Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate

After I was in highschool, the cool factor to do at lunch was eschew the basement cafeteria (obvi), go away the grounds altogether, and go to the native espresso store. This made us really feel like “adults” or one thing, sitting on plush velvet sofas, gossiping about so-and-so’s new haircut, and whose older brother we’d make out with whereas sipping a beverage that price a minimum of an hour’s price of babysitting. After all none of us actually appreciated espresso, so we might blow our cash on Italian sodas, fruity teas, and smoothies. When the hotter months rolled round, sandwich boards in every single place would announce that our very favorite, coffee-free drink was again on the town: the Frozen Sizzling Chocolate.

Now, if in case you have by no means lived in North America, the identify and whole idea of this beverage I’m certain eludes you. Isn’t it an oxymoron, frozen scorching chocolate? Sure, I suppose it’s, however then I additionally suppose that’s the level – to confuse you sufficient that you simply need to purchase one. There’s a well-known restaurant in New York Metropolis that first got here up with this drink, and though I’ve by no means had the unique, loads of franchised cafes have made their very own variations of what it basically, a frothy chocolate milkshake.

Prior to now few weeks the climate right here in Copenhagen has warmed up and I’ve lastly been within the temper for cool, blended drinks once more. However as an alternative of utilizing frozen bananas and different blood sugar-spiking fruits, I’ve been experimenting an increasing number of with frozen veggies as an alternative. The outcomes are surprisingly scrumptious and I’m thrilled to have a couple of new veg-centric smoothies on lock. This is only one of them.

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The shock ingredient in my frozen scorching chocolate is…look ahead to it…cauliflower. Now this will sound completely bizarre, however please belief me, it’s scrumptious. Not even in a compromising manner. The primary sips are pure chocolate paradise, adopted by a slight cruciferous waft, which then disappears once more, conveniently, for these of us who maybe don’t like greens in any respect (I’m wanting particularly at my three-year-old son proper now). All in all, that is one frosty, chocolate-y miracle of a drink for summer season and I’m making it each morning to have a good time liquid greens tasting like sweet.

Cauliflower Energy
Do you know cauliflower is definitely a bit head of 1000’s of compact flowers? Name me a hippie, however I like the thought of mowing down on a meadow. It makes me smile. Cauliflowers are white as a result of they don’t comprise any carotene, the pigment present in issues like carrots and broccoli, however what it lacks in vitamin A, it makes up for in potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C. And it could shock you to study that cauliflower is 25% protein and among the many cancer-fighting cruciferous household that features Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale.

Since this recipe requires frozen cauliflower, I do know a few of you may be questioning if that adjustments the dietary content material in any manner. I’m glad to report current research accomplished on the freezing of cauliflower has proven its vitamins to be pretty secure after one-year freezer storage. Cauliflower within the research was blanched in near-boiling water for 3 minutes previous to freezing for one 12 months. Quite a few phytonutrients had been evaluated within the research, together with cauliflower’s sulfur-containing compounds. Whereas vitamins ranges had been sometimes decreased after this 12 months of freezer storage, lack of vitamins averaged about 15-35%. Though I all the time suggest consuming contemporary greens, there are some (enjoyable!) purposes that profit from utilizing the freezer. And it’s nice to know that it doesn’t pose an excessive amount of a deal with to these valuable vitamins. Plus, frozen veggies (and fruits) might be decrease price, particularly when the contemporary model is out of season. In the event you’re on a finances, frozen produce is a decent solution to get your vegetation in!

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The vital a part of this recipe is that you simply use frozen cauliflower, both bought that manner, or a head of cauliflower ready forward of time – washed, chopped into florets and frozen in a single day. Equally to how a frozen banana behaves in a blender, cauliflower too takes on a creamy-frothy consistency that works extraordinarily properly on this context. I additionally wish to freeze the milk into cubes since this helps to maintain the drink very chilly and lightweight. Dates sweeten the combination, and you’ll scale these up or down relying on how hardcore you might be. The cacao powder I’ve used is uncooked, however you may as well use common cocoa powder in a pinch, or in the event you’re on a finances.

This recipe is a mere four substances, however in the event you really feel like gettin’ fancy, by all means prime that frozen scorching chocolate with coconut cream (from a can of coconut milk, chilled within the fridge in a single day) and a few cacao nibs. You can even add some substances to the mix itself, like a handful of soaked cashews for additional richness, a scoop of protein powder (I like sprouted pea, sprouted brown rice or hemp), vanilla, and even contemporary greens (spinach is superb at hiding on this too).
The purpose of all that is to have enjoyable and luxuriate in one thing that tastes prefer it’s fairly indulgent, however secretly good for you.

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Secret Ingredient Frozen Sizzling Chocolate
Serves 2-Three

Substances:
2 cups / 250g frozen cauliflower florets
1/Three cup / 100g pitted dates
6 Tbsp. uncooked cacao powder
approx. 1 ½ cups / 350ml plant-based milk (I used oat milk)
handful of ice cubes (made out of both plant-milk ice or water)

Non-obligatory substances:
Pinch of vanilla powder
coconut cream (from the highest of a can of coconut milk)
cacao nibs
handful soaked cashews
protein powder

Instructions:
1. Place all substances in a blender and mix on excessive till easy. Add extra liquid if essential (combination must be comparatively thick).

2. High with coconut cream and cacao nibs, if desired. Take pleasure in instantly.

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