This time of year I start craving hot chocolate.  Something warm, sweet and nourishing that’s healthy. Buy good quality cocoa or cacao powder. I vary from raw varieties such as loving Earth to quality cocoa powders such as Callebaut or Valrhona that make delicious hot chocolates. Cocoa contains beta-carotene, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, chromium and in particular magnesium that can help with bone mineralization, muscle contraction and immune function.

Serves 2


  • 2 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon macca powder (optional)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon organic cacao powder
  • 1 pinch ground ginger (optional)
  •  pinch of ground cinnamon powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 teaspoon extract or pods from fresh vanilla bean
  •  1 teaspoon honey
  •  pinch sea salt


  1. Combine all ingredients except for honey into a small pot.
  2.  Heat gently.
  3.  Pour into serving cups and enjoy.
  4.  Sweeten with a little honey to taste.

 Courtsey: Teresa Cutter