Recipe: Healthy Macadamia Milk Hot Chocolate

by Michelle on May 19, 2011 · 5 comments

in Healthy Drinks

This hot chocolate is a great alternative to those drinks made with dairy, which some may have trouble digesting. It is also refined-sugar free if you use dates to sweeten it. Besides that, this drink is really delicious! Macadamia nuts make a very creamy nut milk, which is dairy-free so it is casein-free and lactose-free. If you don’t have trouble digesting dairy, feel free to replace the macadamia nuts + water for a good quality dairy milk, or try this nut milk for a delicious alternative!

Recipe: Healthy Hot Chocolate

Adapted from a recipe by Janella Purcell on Good Chef, Bad Chef

Makes: 1 -2 cups, depending on how thick or thin the nut milk is


  • Macadamia nuts, around a handful
  • ~1/2 C to 2 C water, adjust to consistency
  • 1 or 2 dates, pitted
  • cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • optional: a tsp or so of a nut butter of your choice (e.g. macadamia butter, almond butter, cashew butter etc.)
  • optional: ~ 1 tsp. lecithin granules, this just adds to the creaminess (lecithin is made fom soy, eggs, sunflower or corn- if using soy-derived lecithin granules, make sure to get the non-gm variety)

How to:

  1. Make the macadamia milk: In a blender add the macadamias and water (enough water to make a milk-like consistency; the less water you use the thicker the nut milk will be).
  2. Add the dates and lecithin granules (if using) to the milk and blend till very smooth. If the milk is not sweet enough for you, add another date or two. The lecithin granules just add a bit more creaminess and helps the milk to stay together quite well, due to lecithin’s emulsifying properties.
  3. If you like, strain the macadamia milk through a sieve and discard the nut pulp, if you find the milk isn’t as smooth as you would like or is a bit grainy.
  4. Add the milk to a saucepan and gently simmer till warm or hot enough for your liking.
  5. Take off the heat and stir in the cacao powder (1- 2 tsp. works well, use more for a dark chocolate drink) and the nut butter, if using.  Serve in a mug and enjoy!

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Christine May 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I love this! Healthy hot chocolate – who would have thought! Do you know where one might find non-soy based lecithin?


Michelle May 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Hi Christine. Thanks for stopping by! Yep, anything can be made into a healthier food, when using good quality ingredients! As for a non-soy derived lecithin, sunflower lecithin seems to be pretty popular and I’m pretty sure there are a few places you can get it online. Though I’m not sure about physical stores.


Blair James May 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

This is definitely what I need. Sad to say but I’m actually one of the few people who is lactose-intolerant. It doesn’t feel good sometimes. I’m just grateful that I still can enjoy coffee with a bit of added flavoring on it.

Thanks for sharing!


Shawn October 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Today is our first day back at an “eat to live” lifestyle. I was craving a sweet treat so started looking up recipes with macadamia nuts in it. This is the first I looked at and Wow! I just made this and it’s tasty. I made just a little so put it in a little teacup that belonged to my grandma and enjoyed it very much. I can’t wait to share it. Thank you!


Michelle November 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

I’m glad you liked it Shawn!


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