Hot Cacao

Treat yourself to some self care with the ultimate hot cacao – the drink of the gods!

In this lush but simple recipe, we combined the antioxidants of raw cacao with anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric, and make it silky smooth with the help of coconut oil.

If you have read my last recipe post or followed my Instagram, you will know by now that I’m a chocoholic 🙂 I’ve been munching on a square or two a day for years, and always have some in liquid form after dinner too! People have been consuming cacao for literally thousands of years.
In the Mayan culture, it was believed to be used by the gods to make the first humans, and became a essential ceremonial elixir.

Cacao ceremonies have been increasing across the globe in the last few years, thought to be a powerful plant medicine with life-affirming qualities to support health and well-being. It releases emotional blockages, guides self forgiveness, and shows us a way forward.
It gives us a euphoric state to release that negative energy and instead connect with with heart energy, guiding spiritual transformations.

When I was in South America, 2013, I was working on a climate change project in the Andes and I tasted my first ‘real’ hot cacao, made with roasted ground corn, achiote, chili, vanilla and panela (a unrefined and healthier sugar). The ingredients were ground in a special stone grinder, then mixed with milk and heated. You could say that this was the start of a life-long love of chocolate.

Ok but back to the hot cocoa recipe! There is something super special about homemade hot cacao, its unlike anything you’ll get using a tin of Cadbury. Ill repeat, Nothing compares homemade, not just in taste, but in ancient tradition and in nutrition. In this recipe, we will be using 8 key ingredients, but feel free to customize it to your taste.

  • Oat Milk:  Silky smooth and creamy hot cacao needs a delicious and creamy base, and I love barista style oat milk for this. But if your more of a dairy fan, use regular, preferably organic cows milk, or even a nice coconut/almond milk.
  • Raw Cacao Powder: Use a high quality, organic and raw cacao powder for the best nutritional boost and flavor!
  • Coconut Oil: A tablespoon of coconut oil will help to emulsify the cacao and create a silky smooth consistency.
  • Maca Powder: Another medicinal plant native to the Andes, which is earthy, pleasant-tasting and provides a host of important micronutrients. It helps you to feel awake, energized and driven, and can help balance your hormones!
  • Tumeric: A nourishing ingredient that has been used for thousands of years. Popular due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cinnamon: With its sweet, warming taste and bonus healing properties, adding cinnamon to foods and recipes can help you cut down on the amount of sugar you normally use.
  • Cayenne: A taste of fire from ancient lands of the Andes region. This truly adds a special taste that’s like no other hot chocolate you’ve ever had, while stimulating your body’s circulation and helping digestion.
  • Salt: Use a pure, quality salt, which works as a simple flavor enhancer
cocoa vs cacao

Both from the same bean, the difference is in the processing.

Cacao = cold-pressed unroasted cacao beans. Cocoa = roasted at high temperatures.
Both nutritious, although studies have found raw cacao more nutritionally superior.

So if you’re looking for something delicious to treat yourself to that’s also nutritious, look no further. It goes great with a snack of spiced muffins!

Go one and treat yourself. 🙂

Hot Cacao
Yield: 2

Hot Cacao

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

In this lush but simple recipe, we combined the antioxidants of raw cacao with anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric, and make it silky smooth with the help of coconut oil.


  • 400ml oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cayenne 
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Heat the milk and coconut oil in a saucepan. Mix a little of the mix with the rest of the ingredients to form a paste, them add this to the rest of the milk, whisking to combine.


Feel free to add a sweetener to your tasting - I prefer mine unsweetened!

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So yummy!
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So warm and cozy! Love this in the winter!

So many good flavors!
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This is such a good drink and I love all of the flavor options, thanks!

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What a powerful drink!! I love added turmeric and cinnamon. And I love that you used raw cacao here. This drink is something I must try.

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