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Two glasses of homemade healthy chocolate milk with a pink straw.

Wholesome Chocolate Milk

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:20
  • Cook Time: 00:05
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blended


This unique Healthy Chocolate Milk recipe is enhanced with extra protein in the form of nuts and seeds, and sweetened with dates! It's super delicious and a great wholesome drink to have on hand throughout the week when you or your kids need an extra boost of protein with a creamy chocolate flavor.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pepitas
  • 10 large medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 cups water, more for soaking cashews
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch coarse kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk (whole milk or 2% milk work best)


  1. In a medium pot, combine the cashews and pumpkin seeds, then add enough water to cover. Turn the heat to medium and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the dates, shut off the heat, and cover the pot. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the cashew mixture, then add to a blender.
  3. Add the 2 cups water, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Blend on high speed until fully smooth, 2 to 4 minutes. Add in the milk and blend to combine.
  4. Pour into jars and chill the chocolate milk before serving. If it's too thick, add a bit more milk or water to thin it out. If you prefer it to be sweeter, add a splash of maple syrup.


You could substitute other nuts, but the resulting milk may not be as smooth since cashews blend into a creamy texture.

Omit the pumpkin seeds if desired, or swap in another creamy seed such as hemp hearts or sunflower seeds.

In place of "quick-boiling" the nuts and seeds, they can be cold-soaked overnight. See the "How to Make It" section for more info.

The chocolate milk will keep in the fridge for a few days, its freshness depending on the milk's quality. Remember to shake it well before serving as it may separate over time.