Raw Chocolate Milk

raw chocolate milk

Brace yourselves. Your minds are about to be blown. You ready? You braced?  Good.

What if I was to tell you that you can easily make chocolate milk that tastes like a frothy chocolate malt without using malt or dairy?

(Omg. This is starting to sound like an infomercial! Crap! I need a big screen projector behind me!)

Well, YOU CAN. You can make delicious chocolate milk with your blender!

(this is not an infomercial for a Vitamix cuz I don’t have one. I want one though! Like really really bad.)

raw chocolate milk

So this is raw chocolate milk. What makes it raw? So glad you asked! It’s made with cashews that have been soaked in water! There’s also cocoa nibs up in this mix which makes things extra fancy in my book. Looking to make plain vanilla cashew milk? Just omit the cocoa nibs and reduce the agave syrup. This recipe is a game changer & approved by my picky 3 year old. Winning!

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering!

raw chocolate milk

Soak cashews in water.

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After doing the soaking thing…add everything to a blender. What’s up, nibs?

raw chocolate milk

A little whirl in the blender.

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Blend BLEND BLEND. Pour some in a cup. Add a straw.

raw chocolate milk

Put the leftovers in a jar.

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Keep that jar close by.

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You might be ready for seconds soon.

Raw Chocolate Milk

(recipe from the The 3 Day Cleanse Book)

Makes about 3 cups

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 1 hour
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • pinch sea salt

Drain the nuts. Combine all the ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Shake well before use.

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  • January 25, 2012

    This looks amazing! I love nut milks and have been meaning to try making my own. Chocolate and nuts is a win win in my book :-)

  • January 25, 2012

    Any recipe that’s approved by a picky three year old sounds like a winner to me!

    • Jennifer
      January 25, 2012

      I agree w/Kathryn – I’ll have to try it with a picky 2 yr old and a psuedo-picky 4 yr old. They’ve already turned noses up at my almond milk experiment, but that lacked chocolate. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • January 25, 2012

    “What’s up, nibs?”
    Best. Cocoa nibs. Line. Ever.

    Also, this looks amazing!

  • January 25, 2012

    ooooooh, i’m intrigued! i’ve never had cashew milk before but this? this needs to change. and i like that it’s practically health food!

  • Sarah
    January 25, 2012

    If I had Oprah-like money, I would give everyone Vita-mixes. I finagled one from my parents (they’d received it as a gift and never used it, and I was a poor college kid in need of a blender). I didn’t fully comprehend the power of it at the time, but it is the best. I’ve said before that if my house were on fire, I’d grab my dog and then my Vita-mix. (Assuming my boyfriend was already out ok) Also, this looks frothy and delicious!

  • January 25, 2012

    this is so cool!

  • January 25, 2012

    Oh man. I’m so excited about this.

  • January 25, 2012

    This is going on my MUST make list!

  • January 25, 2012

    MUST make this! love all the ingredients and for some reason the idea of “raw” = healthy in my mind :)

  • January 25, 2012

    Never heard of chocolate milk like this! I’ve been making my own chocolate syrup for my chocolate milk. It tastes way better without the corn syrup! :)

    http://www.thelifeofawife.com/2012/01/homemade-chocolate-syrup.html

  • January 25, 2012

    Looks great! Totally going to pass this on my husband….what’s up!!!

  • January 25, 2012

    Definitely gonna give this a go! Mmmmm, I can taste it now! By the way, that is a seriously cool straw!

  • January 25, 2012

    I need this in my life! I also need a stinkin blender in my life…do you think an immersion blender would be buff enough for this task?

  • January 25, 2012

    Whoa, yum!! I’m a big fan of the froth.

  • Rachel W.
    January 25, 2012

    Yum! This makes me want to do a cleanse. I love all of your recipes. Everytime I make one of your dishes (especially salads like the raw tuscan kale and the shaved brussels sprouts) my husband always says – “you make the best salads, where do you get the ideas?” and I always tell him – Shutterbean!

  • January 25, 2012

    What a cool idea! I need to try this out soon :D

  • January 25, 2012

    WOW! Making this. I love raw food, I love this recipe! xoxo

  • January 25, 2012

    Yummy! Looks and sounds delicious : )

  • January 25, 2012

    Do you think this would fare well being made in a food processor? Probably a stupid question, that I will most likely try regardless – because my blender is on the fritz (RIP). :)

    • January 25, 2012

      would totally work! Just have to process it a little longer.

  • January 25, 2012

    I’d love a vita-mix too. and those straws that you and joy seem to have on hand at all times. I LOVE cashew milk. the 3-day cleanse i just did had cashew milk this time instead of almond and it was FAB.

  • January 25, 2012

    i think this is going to be my pre-yoga snack tonight. that works, right?

  • January 25, 2012

    SOOOO glad you did this!!! I just experimented making raw almond milk last week and it turned out delicious! I will have to try the cashew now!

  • Amanda
    January 25, 2012

    Vitamix…Sigh, I am also yearning for one! :( Too bad they are like a gazillion dollars!! That frothy milk looks SO swoon worthy. You done it again girl!

  • January 25, 2012

    Amazing. I’ve been making myself regular cashew milk quite often, but this sounds spectacular.
    I dream of a Vitamix machine, perched regally on my counter.

    • January 26, 2012

      A vitamix would have a place on my kitchen island. It’s that legit!

  • January 26, 2012

    I love cashew milk! I’m definitely putting this on my list to make. Thanks.

  • January 26, 2012

    I love how frothy it looks!

    • January 26, 2012

      Super frothy! Super delish.

  • January 26, 2012

    Mmm! Totally want to try this! Who knew soaking nuts would equal this? Glorious day!

  • January 26, 2012

    I see your GELS lasted…MINE did not. I use my hands just too too much. I cook a lot – so my hands are in water. I wear gloves to do the dishes, but it just doesn’t help. Plus I’m always picking orders and my hands can’t take the wear and tear of dragging cartons around, picking orders – so sadly my gel manicure is all peeled off. I’ll have to paint polish on them tonight.

    • January 26, 2012

      I took it off tonight! So it lasted two weeks. The grow out was kinda bothering me! My nails are a little bit dry and cracked as a result. Prolly cuz I peeled it off (annoying habit) but I’m gonna get them done again next week. I loved it.

  • January 26, 2012

    Um, yum? Yeah I think so! I wonder what this would be like warm..

  • January 26, 2012

    There is a restaurant near here that makes shakes with cashews / cacao etc. So good but so addicting. Probably don’t need to make them at home.

  • Marilyn
    January 27, 2012

    Tracy! looks delicious ; )

  • January 27, 2012

    Get a Vitamix! It’s totally worth it — I never use my juicer anymore. I got one with my tax returns last year. It is a game-changer.

  • January 28, 2012

    Oh man, I want a vitamix REALLY bad as well! I’m totally going to try this and trick my kiddos into thinking it’s real chocolate milk! I already have my oldest thinking almond milk is chocolate milk. Great post tracy!

  • January 29, 2012

    I just want to thank you so much for this recipe. I made it for my family this evening as a treat, and it was a huge hit. Delicious!

    • January 29, 2012

      Sweet!! soo glad it was a hit!

  • January 30, 2012

    After seeing this recipe on Pinterest, I tracked down the ingredients after work and am planning to make it just as soon as my cashews are done soaking (hurry up, cashews!). I’m a little concerned about the cocao nibs I bought, though. I tried them out of the bag, and they were so bitter! Is that normal? Please tell me I bought the right kind. They just say “roasted cocoa nibs”…

  • February 4, 2012

    I just made this, and it is excellent. I used almonds, instead. I happened to have them on hand and not cashews. I also didn’t have the coconut oil, so I didn’t add it. Can I use something in place of coconut oil? Either way, it is delicious. Thank you.

    • February 4, 2012

      If you liked it fine without, then no need to use it. It’s a taste thing.

      • Karey
        March 21, 2012

        I just made this for the fam. It turned out tasting really awesome, but the texture was a bit grainy – even in a Vita-Mix. If I let it run longer would it smooth out? Should I just let it settle or strain it? Am I just not running it long enough?

        Also, I served it on ice. Yum!

        • March 21, 2012

          Run it for a LONG time. It should be a little grainy but not too much. You could always strain it if you want. Good luck!

  • Karey
    March 21, 2012

    Thanks Tracy! I did just that – it is now smooth and creamy (and warm – thank you Vitamix!)

  • Raney
    March 23, 2012

    Holy heck…I just made this and it’s SOOO delicious!

  • March 25, 2012

    Yes please! And thank you!

  • June 25, 2012

    Just a suggestion I’ve seen in all my raw cookbooks, and one I’ve done before: you can use raw cashew butter in place of the soaked cashews. I’m not sure of the amount, but personally I’d start with about 2 Tb per 2 cups of water, and then adjust (less or more, depending on how creamy you want it). It’s harder to find, unless you have a natural foods store, but it’s best to use RAW cashew butter if you want this truly raw (the label will specify if it’s raw or not).
    This way, you avoid some of the graininess. Also, even with a Vitamix, I notice that cacao nibs tend to stay grainy. I would personally switch to raw cacao powder. You can buy it easily enough on Amazon. Again, make sure it says ‘raw’ on the label/description if you want it truly raw! Raw cacao powder is awesome…I use it a lot, and love it in my smoothies and such!

  • July 8, 2012

    I’ve made this with varying levels of success thanks (no thanks!) to my crappy Hamilton Beach blender. The other day I tried it with an immersion blender and wow! It went super smooth almost instantly! I reduced the amount of water and put all the ingredients in the plastic cup that came with my immersion blender. A few seconds later, when it was super smooth (I was *shocked*! I’ve let the same mixture run in my regular blender for five minutes and it still came out chunky), and then poured it over ice in my regular blender to make a milkshake-ish drink. Dee-licious!

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