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T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

This flavorful mug of hot chocolate is a favorite in our SOMOS education center, located in La Cumbre, Dominican Republic. Since we have lots of cacao (chocolate) trees growing in the area, the teachers and students visiting from our US partner schools have this drink once or twice a day, often asking for second and third servings.

Reprinted from The China Study Cookbook (BenBellaBooks, 2018)


  • 2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 2 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp date paste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt


  • 1. Add all ingredients to a small pan and bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Cook for 2–3 minutes. Pour into mugs and serve.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. You can substitute the date paste with maple syrup or coconut sugar.

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