Healthy Cacao Drink Recipes

Hot chocolate drink made from cacao, cinnamon, and orange puree

The ingredients in our raw cacao drink recipes are rich in health-boosting benefits.

In its raw state, cacao contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of processed chocolate.

Nutritious and delicious – you and your body will love these recipes!

HOT CHOC-ORANGE BOOSTER

INGREDIENTS (per person)

250ml of Bonsoi soy milk

1 teaspoon of raw, organic Ecuadorian cacao (see notes).

1⁄2 a teaspoon of Ceylon (true) cinnamon

1-2 teaspoons of orange puree. Click this link for our immune-boosting whole Orange Puree Recipe.

1-2 teaspoons of organic maple syrup or raw honey.

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the milk, cacao and cinnamon into a stainless-steel pot and heat.

Gently stir until it simmers. Do not boil.

Once it is hot enough to drink (42°C), pour it into your favourite mug.

Add the orange puree and sweetener of choice.

Enjoy!

RECIPE NOTES

You can use 100ml of organic coconut milk and 100ml of activated almond milk for a creamy alternative to soy milk. You could also use half cashew cream with half almond or oat milk. Make it your favourite way!

If you don’t have orange puree on hand, use 1 teaspoon of orange zest and add it to the milk, cacao, and cinnamon. Heating the zest will release the orange oils.

Ecuadorian cacao has a rich, smooth flavour that is ideal for hot chocolate drinks and raw chocolate recipes. We use Cacao Gold by Power Superfoods.

Organic oranges are free of pesticide and wax residues. If you can’t source organic citrus, wash oranges thoroughly with warm water and detergent.

If you are having trouble sleeping, use saffron-infused honey to sweeten and promote a good night’s sleep.

Raw Cacao for coughs and sore throat recipes and hot chocolate drinks

CACAO SPICE DRINK BLEND

If you love drinking hot chocolate, try our cacao spice blend recipe. It’s handy to have on hand when cravings strike and makes a beautiful homemade gift for family and friends.

The recipe is simple to make. There are only three ingredients – raw cacao, vanilla powder, and Ceylon cinnamon.

No matter the size of the batch you are making, the recipe is:

60% raw cacao (half).

20% vanilla powder (a quarter).

20% organic Ceylon cinnamon powder (a quarter).

Measure and pour your ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir them gently until they are well combined.

Fill the powder into mason jars, and store in a cool, dry place.

RECIPE NOTES

Vanilla powder is rich and velvety, and the smell alone hugs you. It offers excellent health benefits but it can be pricey, so shop around.

Our cacao spice blend also adds extra deliciousness to desserts and homemade chocolate recipes.

Pairs well with ginger and cardamom too.

Cacao mousse and orange puree dessert

 

INGREDIENTS USES & BENEFITS

Raw Cacao

Contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate and 20 times more than blueberries • energy-boosting • blood clot prevention • brain health, cognitive function • supports your immune system • mood stabiliser • anti-inflammatory • memory enhancement • digestion • weight management • high blood pressure and circulation • promotes cardiovascular health • increases levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains that induce a sense of well-being • raises levels of serotonin which acts as a natural antidepressant.

Whole Orange Puree

Calms respiratory distress • reduces phlegm • histamine reducing for allergies • lung cleansing • liver protective • immune boosting • aids digestion and fat metabolism • reduces gut inflammation • cholesterol and blood pressure • natural anti-inflammatory • nutrient rich • helps regulate blood sugar • rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that help reduce oxidative damage • helps fight the symptoms of infection, colds and flu • disease prevention.

Cinnamon

Viral infections • anti-inflammatory • bacterial infections • Inhibits candida • promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria • decreases abdominal fat • improves fasting blood sugar • improves insulin resistance • anti-diabetic • rich in antioxidants • autoimmune symptoms • blood pressure (hypertension) • brain food • central nervous system • cholesterol • cognitive decline • protects colon • dental health • diabetes • fungal infections • protects against cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders • weight management • wound healing.

Vanilla

Antimicrobial • anti-inflammatory • antidepressant • aids digestion • relieves upset stomach • soothes gut inflammation • lowers cholesterol • alleviates diarrhoea and stomach cramps • natural appetite suppressant • regulates blood sugar and blood lipids • protects and improves tissue damage to kidneys, lung, skin, muscle, liver, gut, breast • alleviates cardiac distress.

Cacao is delicious in chocolate smoothies too!