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Pistachio Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Pistachio cardamom hot chocolate is a delicious vegan, gluten-free dessert.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 478kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


Pistachio cardamom milk:

  • 1 cup shelled, unsalted, raw pistachios
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 cardamom pods

Pistachio cardamom hot chocolate:

  • 2 cups pistachio cardamom milk (see above)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons light agave nectar, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch kosher salt


To make pistachio cardamom milk:

  • Cover pistachios in cold filtered water and refrigerate overnight. The next day, drain and rinse the pistachios. Add them to a blender or food processor with 2 cups filtered water and 2 cardamom pods. Puree on high speed for 1 minute.
  • Drain pistachio milk through a nut milk bag or several layers of cheesecloth. Use within 3 days. Yields 2 cups.

To make hot chocolate:

  • Heat pistachio cardamom milk over medium heat. Ladle a small amount of the milk into a bowl with the cocoa powder and whisk until smooth, then pour the mixture into the pistachio milk. This will prevent the cocoa from lumping.
  • While the mixture is heating, whisk in agave nectar, ground cardamom, vanilla and salt. Once the mixture is hot, serve immediately.


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 698mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3.3mg