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Hot Chocolate with Superfoods

January 26, 2020

This hot chocolate made with superfoods is packed-full of immune-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients that make for one heck of cup of hot cocoa! From coconut, to turmeric and the sweetness of raw honey, this is a hot chocolate recipe you can feel good about drinking.

I am SUCH a baby when I’m not feeling well. There’s a lot of things I’m good at, but being sick is not one of them.

*blows nose dramatically*

Anything that makes me feel less than 100% feels like the plague to me. Typically, I just completely give up. I lay in bed all day, wallowing in my sorrows, while simultaneously drowning in the black hole that is YouTube. But not this time! This time I channeled all of my sickness into an epic hot chocolate recipe packed full of superfoods that would make me feel awesome instead of shi-tayyyyy.

And that my friends is how this hot chocolate recipe came about and I really do think it helped! I was back to my normal self in less than 48 hours, which for me is unheard of. I’m convinced all of the superfood goodness really worked it’s magic on my cold. If it can cure this sick baby, then it can basically cure the world. Drink up!

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Superfoods in this Hot Chocolate Recipe

Raw cacao – Cacao powder is made from cacao beans. It is loaded with antioxidants, magnesium and iron. Make sure you’re grabbing cacao and not cocoa which is a more processed version of the cacao bean. 

Maca powder – I feel like 10 years ago no one knew what maca was and now so many are including it in their everyday smoothies and drinks! It’s still a fairly new superfood on the market so more studies are needed for conclusive health benefits BUT some studies have shown that it can increase sex drive, improve mood and balance hormones. (Source)

Ground turmeric – The real star of this show (sorry other ingredients!) is turmeric. It is anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. The active ingredient, curcumin, has a bunch of scientifically proven health benefits like improving depression and chronic diseases. The superfood of all superfoods! (Source)

Ground cinnamon – Cinnamon? A superfood? Yes! Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties – so cool! (Source)

Raw honey – Ok, I said turmeric was the star but honey is up there too! It’s packed with antioxidants and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Aka perfect for healing! (Source)

Coconut oil – Did you know that the fatty acids in coconut oil can kill harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses?! I knew it was great to externally treat skin conditions and wounds but had never thought about healing internally. Look for organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil if possible! (Source)

Tips for Perfecting Hot Chocolate

Don’t overheat! I recommend heating the non-dairy milk in a saucepan on the stovetop so you can control the temperature. 

Whisk or blend. If you feel like you can’t get the powders to dissolve in the milk, use a whisk or blender to fully mix them in

Make in bulk. If you are a hot chocolate lover or making this for a crowd, you can pre-measure and mix the superfoods ahead of time. You can store the dry spice mixture in an airtight container and add to your milk coconut oil and honey mixture when you’re ready to whip up a batch!


Hot Chocolate with Superfoods

This hot chocolate made with superfoods is packed-full of immune-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients that make for one heck of cup of hot cocoa! From coconut, to turmeric and the sweetness of raw honey, this is a hot chocolate recipe you can feel good about drinking.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan




  1. Add milk of choice to a medium-sized sauce pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower to a simmer and add cacao powder and stir.
  3. Add in maca powder, turmeric and cinnamon and continue to stir.
  4. Stir in honey until well combined.
  5. Add coconut oil and whip in until all chunks are melted and mixture becomes thick.
  6. Serve immediately.

*if you can’t find any, no worries! You can omit it.

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    January 13, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I added a scoop of vanilla-flavored pea protein and this is yummy! A great way to get my protein down on a cold winter morning!

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    December 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Just tried this recipe and it was great. Although it was a bit gritty, drinking it makes me feel nice and warm. I wish I could fit this into a regular diet as I am trying to find a way to regularly eat more cacao. Unfortunately, the honey and coconut oil in this recipe makes it pretty hard.

    This recipe has Fat 14g (21%), Saturated fat 12g (60%), Sugar 10.5g (47%).

    (Multiple by 2 if you drink the whole thing, which I did. Oops.)

    So, I would have to be already eating an excellent diet to afford to drink this regularly.

    Thanks for the good ideas. . I might try this again with hemp oil (which do not have a lot of saturated fats), and the bare minimum of honey.

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    Lindsey Bomgren
    November 30, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Love this recipe and just subscribed — love seeing video with recipes! I just got back from the Dominican Republic and have some amazing raw cacao to put to use :)! Thanks for sharing!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

      woot woot! Hope you’re sharing deets on your trip!!

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    November 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Excited to drink this all winter long!

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    November 25, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Can’t wait to try it, I have everything except the macha….. have been meaning to find it but NOW it’s a MUST thanks for sharing and feel better. Gotta try it when I’m sick as well…. Who likes being sick atleast now we have something comforting to look forward to.

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    November 24, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Love, love, love this recipe. I make something similar on the regs – its fun experimenting with some sexy herbs and making it taste good! Hope you feel better sunshine 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 25, 2015 at 9:15 am

      I’m so happy I’m not the only one who finds herbs and spices sexy is the main takeaway from this 😉

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    Kelsey Yoki
    November 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Totally making this recipe this weekend! If I’m out and find maca powder – awesome – and if not, I already have all the ingredients. YUM! I feel a little off this week, so I’m hoping to find some ways to make sure I’m not getting sick!

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    November 24, 2015 at 9:53 am

    You painted your nails for us. You shouldn’t have. Sweater credit- Fit Foodie Finds.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 24, 2015 at 10:09 am

      of course I painted my nails. Right, Jess? Team Maven. Also your sweater was a great addition to my capsule wardrobe. Have I told you I’ve become a minimalist?

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    GiGi Eats
    November 24, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I’d prob burn the CRAP outta my mouth cause I would be so impatient and wanna drink that the second it were made!

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    Amanda - RunToTheFinish
    November 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I have everything to make this and I can’t wait!!!

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    November 24, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I’m glad you’re feeling better Davida! I am super into this recipe. Most nights of the week I drink turmeric milk which has all the same ingredients minus the cocoa. But #duh of course adding chocolate would make it that much better!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      haha I know, it was a strike of genius moment for me too!

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    November 24, 2015 at 7:46 am

    If only I could look that good when I have a cold! Great idea to drink hot chocolate instead of tea, you get some extra endorphins, so you’re not only boosting your immunity, but also your mood.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

      exactly! I mean you can only drink so much tea right?!

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