Valentine’s Hot Chocolate Float

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on February 2, 2011

I have to start off by thanking each one of you for the most successful month Healthful Pursuit has had so far! January was full of great conversations, questions, and a whole bunch of introductions. Thank you all for your continued support, love, and inspiration! HP would be nothing without you!

Last week we enjoyed a plethora of irresistible chocolate truffle cookies. [I'm so happy the recipe made 30 cookies so I could enjoy a couple too]

Generally I bring my “blog food” into the office for my colleagues to enjoy. But not these. I wasn’t allowed to bring these.

The minute Kevin bit into his first irresistible chocolate truffle cookie, I knew, you could tell… he was hooked.

I was able to smuggle in 1 cookie for my friend, and fellow chocoholic, Tara. [I hope Kevin skips out on reading today's post. If not hehe... love you!]

In fear of turning around to a Kevin face covered in coconut cream and chocolate, I knew he couldn’t be anywhere near the kitchen when I made these for the first time. Lucky for us… he worked late last night.

5 minutes into making the ice cream and I was singing…

Cause you’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no…

I’m sorry if I’ve gotten that Katy Perry song stuck in your head too.

But, isn’t it a good theme song for this hot n’ cold dessert?

I chose to use cacao nibs instead of traditional cacao powder, which is what you’d normally see in a Hot Chocolate. Using the nibs increases the fiber content of the drink, and with all the extra sugar in there, fiber is well paired [will slow down the uptake of sugar to your blood stream]. Also, nibs are a bit less processed, so will contain more natural nutrients than it’s powdered counterpart.

I’m all about the beverages this week. Stay tuned in the coming days for a Sleepy Banana Muffin Smoothie. Oh yes…

Valentine’s Hot Chocolate Float

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free


Ice cream:

  • 1/2 cup coconut cream or full fat coconut milk [coconut cream will thicken up quicker in the freezer]
  • 1 tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Hot chocolate:

  • 2 cup original unsweetened almond milk [or another milk of your choice]
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 8 fresh cherries, pitted
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs + extra for sprinkling


  1. In a freezer safe bowl, combine coconut cream, agave, and vanilla. Place in the freezer for 1-1.5 hours. Mix with a fork in 30 minute intervals to make sure it doesn’t turn into an ice cube. It should be the consistency of soft serve. Alternatively, you could put the coconut cream in the fridge overnight, then make the ice cream as instructed. Will only take 30 minutes to harden up.
  2. Meanwhile, place almond milk, vanilla, agave, cherries, and cacao nibs in your blender.
  3. If you have a vitamix: select VARIABLE spped #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for 3-4 minutes until steam escapes through lid opening.
  4. If you have another type of blender: blend until cacao nibs are broken up [the nibs will not melt on the stove top, so be sure to blend well]. Then, transfer to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiled, reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool slightly [I prepared mine a bit above room temperature] before placing into 2 mugs, dropping ice cream in each, and serving with cacao nib sprinkle.

Makes 2 cups

Do you sing or listen to music while you’re in the kitchen?

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Kristina @ spabettie

I LOVE to listen to music in the kitchen!! and I sometimes sing… ;)

this looks delicious, and your photos are gorgeous!



Thanks, Kristina!



The cookie was amazing! And this recipe looks so good!


Tracy @ Commit to Fit

I am pretty sure that you can’t go wrong with this one. I heart hot chocolate and add the ice cream. Yum!



Looks good! I always listen to music, or watch the food network:)



oh boyyy! this is BEAUTIFUL!



Gorgeous!!!! (my kids won’t let me sing in the kitchen so I wait till I’m alone in the car…no ears to torture!)



This looks amazing! I love to listen to music when I’m in the kitchen and have been known to sing & dance around in there too. :)



oooooh boy, this looks so good and sounds like a ton of fun to make. Jam out while stirring some ice cream. I can dig it.



Looks delish!!! BTW I rock the itunes while I am in the kitchen!!



I wish i had a mug of this delicousness last night when I was craving hot cocoa. This look sooooo much better than that…hehe.


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Beautiful presentation. Great flavors! Can’t wait to try this. I am on a coconut kick lately :) Thanks for sharing.



Already looking forward to V-day thanks to this post!


Tori @

LOVE the red background and photography. Love the float idea!



this looks fantastic. i love the mix of hot and cold and can’t wait to try it. great pictures. thanks for sharing. i am hosting a giveaway on my blog today. check it out if you have any interest.



Sounds like you’ll have to make more for your colleagues ;-)
Great tune, too!


Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie

Wow, that looks decadent and rich! I love it!


The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

This does look fantastic. I like the idea of using the coconut cream instead of milk, even though I don’t have a problem with milk or using it.

No, I don’t sing in the kitchen. It’s my quiet space. When I’m working at the cutting board area I can look out the window at trees and see birds and little animals scurrying around. And I think.



Yes to LOVE and yes to chocolate float! It looks amazing. Now I think is really time for me to try almond milk! Thank you for sharing :)



Holy moly!! This looks heavenly! I wish I had a big ole glass right now!


Happy When Not Hungry

This looks great!!! Perfect for all this cold weather we’ve been having!


Kate @

Oh that hot chocolate sounds sooo good – agave, fresh cherries!, almond milk…. ammmazing!

I make the best food when I have my music on full blast! :) I dance around, I sing, and I enjoy my time in the kitchen.



Sounds like a fun time in your Kitchen, Kate!



Wonderful treat! Dive in!



looks soo amazingly beautiful!!


Angela FRS

That looks fabulous–so impressed that is dairy free.



Wow, this sounds amazing! I love that there are cherries in the hot chocolate!



you’re killing me! this looks unbelievable…so trying it out PRONTO!


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