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Drinking Emily von Euw’s {H O T} Chocolate MYLK Today!

Chocolate Mylk Emily Von Euw

Von Euw’s latest book might drop all over North America tomorrow, but we’re decorating the Christmas tree today so we needed, yes needed, hot chocolate. And could I say no to my daughter’s doe-shaped eyes and smiling face asking, “mommy, please oh please can we have hot chocolate?”

Unless you have nuts soaking, you’ll have to get on that, but I got up early to make this happen. Tis the season, so I tried something new and soaked chestnuts for this recipe. You can use any nut or coconut flesh Emily says, but after visiting Italy I have a little addiction to chestnuts working!

Emily Von Euw’s new book, 100 Best Juices, Smoothies & Health Snacks might sound like a summery title, but take it from me, these are *just* the kinds of recipes I prescribe to my patients all winter long. Most of her smoothies could double as soups even- you can still enjoy raw, live nutrients by taking the chill off (winter digestion wants warm foods to stay sparked during the cooler weather). Spicy Carrot and Bell Pepper to her Tomato Garlic Smoothie with Onions & Spices are the ingredients that flu-fighting are made of after all.

With so much holiday over-eating, people easily forget to mix in their veggies and I all-too-soon hear about their crying gallbladders! Emily’s raw-inspired juice recipes feature food-therapy worthy ingredients such as cilantro, parsley, garlic, onion and kale. Drink those down and make that gallbladder-liver relationship a happy one! Her new juices are definitely the stuff a healthy, everyday detox looks like- and, if you know anything about what I promote to patients- it’s detox and simultaneous rejuvenation- Emily’s recipes help strip the bad stuff while promoting the energy & health giving good stuff (think pre-biotics, minerals, anti-cancer phytonutrients and antioxidants).

Since no kitchen tool is used as much as my Vitamix, Emily’s recipes are perfect for my fresh-produce loving family. I’m lucky enough to have a two year old that eats every healthy food that I give her, but blending into a smoothie that I call icecream, a juice that becomes an ice lolly or a soup always goes over best. If you’re trying to get your kids to eat healthier foods, introduce them to Emily’s book. Everyone knows I’m obsessed with food photography, but I promise your kid’s appetite will be sparked by the vivid colors her recipe photos exude!

Emily’s book comes out tomorrow, but if you order it now here, it will be on your doorstep in two days!

And as Emily says… “Chocolate. Mylk. Need I say more?”

Chocolate Mylk

{from 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks by Emily von Euw, printed with permission of Page St. Publishing}

Makes: 4½ cups (1 L)

What You’ll Need: 

Follow the recipe for spiced mylk, adding 1–2 tablespoons (28–56 g) of cacao powder and, if you like, 1 tablespoon (28 g) of maca powder.

{I added a dash of peppermint oil and spiked my hot chocolate with 1 oz of bourbon. For the tots minus out the maca powder}

Spiced Mylk

1 cup (125 g) raw nuts, seeds or coconut meat

3 cups (237 mL) water

1 tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp nutmeg powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of pink Himalayan crystal salt

3–5 pitted dates

Putting It All Together: 

Cover the nuts or seeds (if using) in water and let them soak for 6 hours, then rinse and discard the soak water. Blend the soaked nuts, seeds or fresh coconut meat with the all the other ingredients until smooth, frothy and white. Strain through a nut mylk bag or cheesecloth (or leave as is). Store in the fridge in a sealable glass container for up to one week.

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