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frozen hot chocolate

Life has shifted into high gear this summer. As a result, some weeks have passed since my last post. My mother-in-law, whom I adore, was here from South Africa for almost a month. With her she brought updates of how our family and friends are doing as well as stories about the World Cup and  the excitement buzzing in and around the country. We took her up to Newport for 4th of July and into New York City another weekend. We truly had such wonderful quality time. A day after her departure, my sister came to visit from Colorado with her daughters. My children were consumed, spending every waking moment with their cousins. Arousing oneself at 3am, ahem…”just to see if anyone else was awake and ready to play” was not uncommon either. As tired as we were, we had to laugh. We couldn’t blame them for trying to make the most of every second together.  It was too sweet. We said farewell, settling back into our routine. In came the dog days of summer, out went our air conditioner.

Hot. Muggy. Sleepless. Cranky. For 14 days. Straight.

We finally emerged from the basement yesterday after the repairman left. We’ve been quarantined there for the duration of our sweltering misery. As much as this whole ordeal has been difficult, I watched in horror as the Pakistani people suffered through floods, devastation and death. Truth be told, I have no right to complain about my air conditioner. Compared to them, my ordeal has been a walk in the park. Nothing like a swift kick of perspective to put me in my place.

To celebrate our new-found life above ground, I made us this creamy and decadent frozen treat. It ended up being a great way to “ease” ourselves back into the kitchen while warding off this heat and humidity.

Side note #1: you can use more ice (if you want to eat it with a spoon à la Wendy’s Frosty). Just a word of warning though: the more ice you add, the harder it is for your blender to process. I found 4 cups of ice was just enough before it went into “too thick” mode. Side note #2: My chocolate bar has very little sugar in it so adding 4T of honey was just right. Be cognizant of the amount of sugar in your chocolate bar and adjust the level of honey accordingly. Side note #3: Go ahead and make this vegan by swapping out the honey  for your  sweetener of choice.

Ingredients:

1 bar (3.5 oz) 70% cocoa chocolate (I used Alter Eco brand. I heart them.)
2 cups filtered water
1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 4-5 hours
4 Tblsp raw honey
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp GF vanilla

4 cups ice

1.) Soak 1 cup raw cashews in about 2 cups filtered water for at least 4-5 hours. Drain and discard the water. Rinse the cashews thoroughly. Set aside.

2.) Place a saucepan over medium low heat. Break your chocolate bar into small pieces and melt stirring with a spoon (not a whisk). Be careful that it doesn’t burn.

3.) Add 2 cups filtered water to your blender. Add the cashews. Blend about 45 seconds, until the cashew milk is creamy. Add the honey, coconut milk, melted chocolate and vanilla. Blend about 30 seconds. Add 4 cups ice and blend about 15-20 seconds. If you let it sit more than 10 minutes you may have to add a little more ice to return it to frozen consistency.

Makes 4 good sized servings.

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8 responses to “frozen hot chocolate”

  1. gfe--gluten free easily said:

    Oh, I totally love this, Stephanie! I want some. Now. So glad you all had that fabulous time with family, and now have emerged from the basement. :-0

    Our hearts and prayers do go out to those who are suffering in Pakistan … it’s hard even to see the photos and hear the news reports. And, yes, I do feel guilty for saying that. We all have so many blessings to count!

    Many hugs,

    Shirley

  2. Stephanie said:

    Hi Shirley –

    Thank you! That is very sweet. I could go for some right about now too :)

    Yes, we really are blessed. Just the simple things we take for granted: water, shower,a place to lay our head at night and a roof over our head.

    big hugs right back at you
    Stephanie

  3. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free said:

    I love this recipe!! It sounds perfect for a broken air conditioner day…I’m so sorry you had to go through that. At least it’s fixed, right??

    How much sugar does that chocolate bar have? I know it’s low because it’s 70%…

  4. Jes said:

    14 days without a/c sounds like hell, but that frozen hot chocolate looks divine!

  5. Stephanie said:

    Hi Jes,

    Thank you!

    Well, it wasn’t the most pleasant experience, that’s for sure. But, as I said there are certainly much worse things that could have happened. The important thing is that it is behind us, right? And yes, indulging in an ice cold chocolaty frozen treat was just the ticket !

  6. Stephanie said:

    Hi Amy,

    Yes, at least it is behind us. Thankfully, a very distant memory.

    So, I checked on the Alter Eco Crystallized Orange bar (3.5 oz) and it’s 16 grams of sugar (it’s 2.5 servings per bar which = 6.4g of sugar per serving). I suspect the crystallized orange pieces up the ante a wee bit. Although I don’t have any on hand to verify the packaging, I am certain the other Alter Eco bars (like the Dark Chocolate Almond) contain a little less sugar. They have a much denser cocoa taste.

    If given a choice, I would rather use stevia in a recipe like this. But, we have been reacting poorly to it over the last year. So, no stevia for us – boo !

    xo
    Stephanie

  7. Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said:

    Stephanie, this frozen hot chocolate looks absolutely perfect for the still 90+ temps that we have here in AZ right now! I totally hear you on the misery of no air-conditioning. We recently had all of our power go out on one of the hottest days of the year (110 degrees) and it lasted forever. We kept getting up all night to dip into the pool to cool off!
    I am totally going to make this for my kids. They will think they are in heaven with a treat like this!

  8. Stephanie said:

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Yes, AZ can get unbearably hot, can’t it? Ugh – that day you lost your AC must have been so unbearable. I am so sorry to hear you had to go through that. At least you have a pool to dip into ! That must have been a lifesaver, truly.

    Funny how we become so accustomed to things like air conditioners. My husband is from South Africa and air conditioners are sort of a newer thing – they used to be so expensive no one could afford to have one. At 2am it’s the same temperature as at noontime. So hot and humid. Finally, in the last few years, the prices have come down. But, still most people do not have them and they don’t seem to mind a whole lot. I guess when you know what you’re missing it can become quite painful !

    Have a fabulous weekend
    Stephanie

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