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Superfood Hot Cocoa

Superfood Hot Cocoa

by Bianca Drennan, ND


This is the perfect recipe to get your chocolate fix without all the guilt – especially in the colder, grey months of the year.

Commercial hot cocoa mixes contain very little actual cocoa and high amounts of processed sugar, hydrogenated oils, and dairy. Do yourself a favour and purchase a good quality raw cacao powder for this recipe and other recipes using typical cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder contains the highest levels of antioxidants, magnesium, and B vitamins, not to mention it tastes far better. It can be found at health food stores and some well-stocked grocery stores. It can be expensive, but a little goes a long way. Plus, it makes you feel good about eating chocolate!



  • 1 cup plant-based milk (cashew, almond, coconut, hazelnut, etc)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted (or 2 tsp honey or maple syrup)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)



Combine all ingredients in an upright blender and blend until thoroughly combined and frothy, about 20-30 seconds.

Pour into a small saucepan and heat through. Serve and enjoy!

Serves: 1

Dr. Bianca Drennan ND, provides nutritional consulting and naturopathic medicine services at Pacific Wellness and is available for appointments five days a week.  If you would like to detoxify and trim your body, improve your lifestyle or address certain health concerns please call us at 416-929-6958 or submit your online appointment request to arrange your initial appointment.  The naturopathic appointments are covered by most employee benefits.