Hydrating Vegan Chocolate Milk

I’m generally not one to wish away the week, but boy am I happy that it’s Friday.

Today’s my rest day from the gym so I treated myself to a 30 minute sleep in. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you wake up at 3:30am every minute counts.

I have leftover homemade pad thai packed in my lunch, along with some cinnamon raisin flatbread.

And I get to meet with a new athletic therapist during my lunch hour about my knee issues (more on this once I figure out what’s happening).

It’s bound to be a great day.

Wanna know something else that’s great?

Coming home to a chilled glass of hydrating chocolate milk after a long run.

The coconut water replenishes your electrolytes and the chocolate relaxes your tense muscles.

Nothing beats it, nothing.

Well, except coming home to a big square of chia fudge, but that’s for another day.

Hydrating Vegan Chocolate Milk

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Reaching for a sweet treat in the evening or after a run is one of my favorite things. Instead of that sugary treat, why not whip up some tasty chocolate milk? It’s hydrating and has just the right amount of sweetness.

Yield: 1.75 cups

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, brown sugar or 1/2 tablespoon unpasteurized honey
  • 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • Pinch agar agar, soy lecithin granules or gelatin

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately, or chill in the fridge overnight.

note: to keep vegan, do not use honey or gelatin in the recipe.

note2: if you don’t have coconut milk, you can use another non-dairy milk, like almond milk.

note3: the agar agar, soy lecithin, or gelatin is to just thicken up the milk and make it a bit creamy as if you’re having a full fat milk. It’s not absolutely necessary, but is nice!

calories: 128 | fat: 2.5g | saturated fat: 2.5g | carbohydrate: 23g | fiber: 8g | sugars: 18g | protein: 1g

Since we’re on the topic of chocolate, check out what I received in the mail last night!

Chocolate chip cherry torte LARABARs.

Perfect timing, right? I swear, I didn’t plan this.

I had a little nibble of one last night before bed and packed the remainder in my awesome lunch kit.

They’re sweeter than most LARABARs, definitely not as tart as their cherry pie bars, and there are chocolate chips a plenty.

All in all they were tasty, but lemon bar and apple pie LARABARs are still my two favorite flavors. I think because they’re natural, not too sweet, and simple.

That is until they come up with an orange creamsicle flavor. << game changer

But if you like chocolate, cherries, and you’re a fan of sweeter snack bars, you’ll probably dig this.

What’s your favorite thing to drink/eat after working out?

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  1. Yummy Yummy!!!

    I always crave fresh fruit or smoothies after I workout. However, if you ask my sister what she craves: every single time she wants a burrito and wings after working out. Haha..

  2. Lately I’ve been having a bowl of cereal after a workout — mostly just because I love cereal! After a really tough workout (or long run) I’ll whip up a protein shake (protein powder + almond milk + banana).

  3. Wow 3:30!?! I hope you get enough sleep! After I work out I usually just want ice cold water, and then depending on what time I work out, I usually cook lunch or dinner not too long afterwards. I always want to work out in the morning when I wake up, but I like to eat breakfast right when I get up, and then don’t feel like I should run or anything right after I eat. It’s such a dilemma! Your chocolate milk looks yummmmy! And the Larabar bag is cute, I actually have a lemon bar in my bag for a snack today :)

  4. Apple lara bars are my favourite, too! I don’t know why, but all the flavours are labelled differently over here in BC… (None of them have “pie” affixed to the end, or “cookie”! Wonder if they’re trying to make it appear less like a dessert, for whatever reason…)

    For me, still, nothing can beat a green smoothie after a workout. :) I get up at 3a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 4a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays – so I’m also an early riser! (Because of school…)

    And waaaait a minute, I thought you had to boil agar agar to get it to work? o:

    • By the time everything is blended up smoothly, the mix has become quite hot in the blender. I’ve never had an issue with it not working and I’ve been making the mix all summer.
      Our LARABARs in Alberta are the same! I could never understand it…

  5. How many dates do you put in? One or two? I love the peanut butter LARABARs, they are my favorite unless there is one of the chocolate chip ones (they are harder to find). They had the boxes of the chocolate chip ones at Costco in Edmonton for a while but did not the last few times I was there :( :(

    • I completely phased out when I commented on Jenny’s post! There are no dates in this, silly me. Just what’s listed in the ingredients. I let the blender run until smooth and the agar agar always thickens it right up!

  6. 3:30??? OMG..I would be a walking zombie! I am totally digging your chocolate milk. I love coconut milk AND water!!!
    And I love love love Lara bars!

  7. The chocolate milk looks delicious! I haven’t had any So Delicious coconut milk before, but I do love coconut milk. I love drinking a smoothie after a workout!

  8. i love the idea of healthy vegan chocolate milk! i would love to combine these flavors using almond milk :D. hmm after a workout, i usually have sunwarrior protein shake! raw vegan gluten free sprouted brown rice powder. its amazing!

  9. Hi!
    This drinks looks delicious and I will be drinking it tomorrow :)
    One question – can ground chia seed be used a thickener here? If so, do you know how much?
    What if I wanted to make this into a puddng? :)

    Thank you :)

    • Hi Sophie, you could use ground chia seeds. I bet 1/2-1 tsp ground would do the trick! I’m not sure how it would work as a pudding. You could try adding some avocado to thicken it up! Enjoy :)

  10. Yummy!! I immediately went and made this. I needed a little dessert, but nothing heavy. Used agave. So very good!!! thank you for sharing

    • I’m so happy that you liked the milk, Jeannie!

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