Vegan hot chocolate with dates, cardamom & sea salt

Heiße Schokolade in einer Tasse mit Datteln, Kardamom und Meersalz
There can never be enough hot chocolate recipes in winter and today we have a very special one for you: a vegan hot chocolate with cardamom, dates and sea salt.
Cardamom and chocolate just go so well together - if you haven't had a chance to check it out, this hot chocolate is the perfect opportunity! Together with the dates and the sea salt, a super delicious, intense winter drink is created.
This recipe is for two small but intense cups of hot chocolate, like the espresso and the chocolate drinks.

Vegan hot chocolate

Ingredients (2 people)
200ml oat milk (or milk of your choice, we like the recipe with oat milk)
50g hot chocolate (at least 70%)
4 chopped dates
8 cardamom pods, cracked open
2 pinches of sea salt flakes


  1. Place the dates, cardamom pods and milk in a saucepan and close the lid. Heat the milk until it starts bubbling. You can then switch off the pot and leave the pot on the (still warm) stovetop for about 45 minutes.
  2. Removes the dates and cardamom pods from the milk. You can use a small sieve or a slotted spoon for this.
  3. Now you can add the sea salt flakes and let it boil again.
  4. Now add the hot chocolate of your choice while stirring constantly. You can also use finely chopped chocolate instead of drinking chocolate. A note on this: hot chocolate is only as good as the chocolate from which it is made. In order to get a really tasty and vegan hot chocolate, you should also use a really good chocolate. We recommend using dark, at least 60% (drinking) chocolate.
  5. Now you can serve the hot chocolate in small cups, seasoned with a pinch of sea salt flakes. By the way, dates with some sea salt flakes are delicious.

Good to know

This recipe follows the idea of ​​an espresso and is very intense. If you'd like it a little milder, just add a little more milk until it's to your liking.

Are you not only interested in really good drinking chocolate but also in fine chocolate in general? Then a chocolate tasting team event could also be interesting for you. Have a look!

Header photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash

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