Superfoods Spicy Hot Chocolate

Superfoods Spicy Hot Chocolate

I’m a chocolate loving woman! Dark chocolate is the one I adore and its rich flavor delivers pure satisfaction! I enjoy using dark chocolate in many of my sweet and savory recipes. One of my favorite recipes using dark chocolate is hot chocolate.


Hot chocolate is just one of those ultra creamy chocolate drinks that always bring a smile to everyone’s face. No matter how you’re day is going drinking a cup of hot chocolate makes you feel better. I love curling up in a warm blanket, slowly savoring a cup of steaming hot chocolate that warms my insides and comforts my soul. Whenever I drink hot chocolate it brings fond memories of my mom making a pot for my family.


My mom’s homemade recipe included dark cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon mixed into a blend of whole milk and heavy cream. She topped this hot chocolate with a dollop of fresh whipped cream which took it to another level! This scrumptious hot drink completely captivated my heart. I looked forward to cold days because I know when the weather was chilly my mom would whip up a batch of her famous hot chocolate.


Now, when I’m craving a yummy hot drink, I make a cup or two of luxurious hot chocolate. Some of my favorite kitchen adventures involve experimenting with different milks, creams, spices, and sweeteners to create unique combinations of hot chocolate goodness!


Since eating foods and beverages that promote vibrant health is of key importance to me, I upped the nutritional benefits in my recipe by coming up with a superfoods spicy hot chocolate that provides fantastic taste and healing nutrients at the same time.
This creamy superfoods spicy hot chocolate delivers subtle heat, warming spices, and rich chocolate flavor with every sip. I used the combination of a dark chocolate bar with cocoa powder to really intensify the deep chocolate flavor which results in a delicious taste that true chocolate lovers will adore!


I used coconut milk mixed with coconut cream so the recipe could be dairy-free since I’m not drinking dairy to prepare my body for doing my radiance holistic detox cleanse program. If you can’t find coconut cream you can use all full-fat coconut milk. If you do drink dairy you can use a blend of organic milk and heavy cream or all milk if you want a less creamy, light hot chocolate.


If you want the hot chocolate to be totally decadent, you can use some of the coconut cream mixed with stevia to make whipped cream to go on top of the chocolate.


Spices are renowned for their health benefits so including them in this recipe was essential. The intoxicating flavors and aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and vanilla, are a fabulous match when paired with the subtle heat from the cayenne and black pepper.


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Cayenne pepper is the fruit from a tropical plant called the capsicum annuum longum. Cayenne has a high amount of vitamin C and carotenes. Cayenne is also rich in capsaicin which releases endorphins into your body along with acting as a potent pain reliever and fat burner.


Black Peppercorns

Black peppercorns are rich in antioxidants. Black peppercorns contain piperine a compound which has been shown to have a thermogenic fat burning effect on the body as well as an aid to detoxify the liver. Piperine also helps increase the absorption of key nutrients like B vitamins and beta-carotene.



Vanilla adds a warm floral note to this hot chocolate. Pure vanilla extract is a good source of antioxidants which protect our body from free radical damage.



Turmeric adds earthy flavor notes to this hot chocolate the balances the heat from the black pepper and cayenne. Turmeric is a rhizome that is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant, liver detoxifier, and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin has been shown to produce the same anti-inflammatory effects of the drug ibuprofen without the side effects associated with this drug.



Ginger is a potassium-rich rhizome which is excellent for stimulating digestion and bile flow, relieving nausea, and protecting our bodies from inflammation.



Cinnamon is a warming spice high in antioxidants and healing nutrients. It contains rich amounts of iron and calcium. Cinnamon provides the added benefit of blood sugar regulation and aiding digestion.


I hope that enjoying my delectable superfoods spicy hot chocolate brings a smile to your face and warmth to your body. Please share this recipe with someone you love so they can reap the benefits too.


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Superfoods Spicy Hot Chocolate

Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 3 cups

2½ cups full-fat coconut milk—preservative free

½ cup coconut cream—preservative free

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

⅛ teaspoon ginger

⅛ teaspoon turmeric powder (Good source for turmeric)

⅛ teaspoon unrefined sea salt

2 tablespoons organic raw cacao powder or organic cocoa powder

1—3.5 ounce 70% organic dark chocolate bar

1 tablespoon raw honey


1. Place coconut milk, coconut cream, and vanilla in a small saucepan and stir together. Heat the milk and vanilla over medium heat until hot but not boiling.

2. While the milk is heating, break chocolate into small pieces and set aside for later.

3. Once milk and vanilla is hot, whisk in the cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger, turmeric, sea salt, cacao or cocoa powder, and dark chocolate pieces. Whisk with a wire whisk continuously until well blended. Remove hot chocolate from heat and stir in the raw honey. Taste and add more raw honey if you want your hot chocolate sweeter.

4. Pour superfoods spicy hot chocolate into heatproof cups and enjoy!


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  1. Can’t wait to try this…thanks so much for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day


    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Aimie! I hope your Valentines’ Day was great! Let me know how you like the hot chocolate when you make it. 🙂

  2. This sounds like just what I need right now Shelley! I just got finished shoveling and nice hot cup of cocoa is calling my name.. Of course I don’t have all the ingredients you are talking about here But Still Thanks for sharing Chery 🙂

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Chery, I used to shovel snow when I lived in Ohio so I know how you feel. You will have to make some of this hot chocolate soon because it tastes really good and the cayenne, ginger, and black pepper really help warm you up.

  3. Lynn Jones

    Shelly, This recipe sounds yum, yum, yummy! I am not a hot chocolate drinker, but your recipe entices me to try it. I live in the Pacific Northwest so have many cold days to drink hot chocolate, but none of it ever jazzed me……until now!
    Thanks for sharing your delectable recipe!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Lynn! I hope this recipe makes you want to start drinking hot chocolate! Let me know if you make it.

  4. I’m a chocolate loving woman too and this hot chocolate recipe is fantastic! I’m going to try it. Hot chocolate is definitely one of my go to beverages during the cold winter days in New York. I’d never considered having it spicy. Between the ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper – I can’t wait to taste it. Thank you!

    Dena Lynn
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Dena-Lynn! As a fellow chocolate lover you will really enjoy the spices in this recipe, they add a nice touch of heat that really warms your insides up!

  5. Shelley,
    wow, you sure got my attention with your chocolate today… it is YUMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYY. Always a pleasure to come to your blog and read all your goodies… The hot chocolate will be a hit tomorrow when I will make it for my grand kids… thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    All the best,
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Nick! You sound like me when describing chocolate, it is YUMMMMMMYYYY!! Let me know how your grand kids enjoy the hot chocolate.

  6. My sister always used to tell me I was born defective because I never cared for chocolate. I still don’t care for most of it, but over the years I have grown to like dark chocolate – so this recipe sounds like something I must try. Even in Maui we’re having a pretty chilly winter – by our standards – so this will be a treat! Thanks Shelley 🙂
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Marty you are unique not born defective! Hopefully this twist on hot chocolate will appeal to your taste buds. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. I have had this! I love it! The first time I had a version of this was was in Colombia and then my grandmother loves experimenting and found a recipe like this one. I remember I was a bit skeptical at first, but I like spicy and I like chocolate… and somehow it just tasted delish together.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Fantastic Nile! I love the slight spicy flavor combined with the rich chocolate, it’s so delicious! I hope you make some soon. 🙂

  8. I love the spices Shelley. Spiced hot chocolate takes regular ho hum hot chocolate to a gourmet level!And I can feel good about it.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks France! I love spices so much and use them in all my recipes. Let me know how you like the hot chocolate. 🙂

  9. Michael Shook

    It’s chilly down here in Palm Springs today too. Lots of snow on the mountains and cold winds blowing. For us, when it gets below 50 it feels really cold. And that makes it the perfect day for a fabulously decadent cup (or 4) of hot chocolate. Thank you Shelley. This looks wonderful.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Wow that is cold for Palm Springs Michael! I hope you enjoy the hot chocolate, it will really warm you up!

  10. Hi Shelley,
    you combined all my favorite ingredients!
    Dark chocolate with coconut cream cinnamon, ginger and cayenne, wow!

    This is a recipe for serious pampering!
    My mum used to make hot cocoa which involved a lot of stirring the mixture, your version sounds even yummier!
    Thank you for sharing this culinary delight!
    Love and Light
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Yorinda, I’m so happy to find out that you love all these ingredients too!This hot chocolate is so creamy and delcious and it really warms you up on a chilly day. I hope you make some soon. Love and light to you too!

  11. We gave up dairy products a year ago and my husband loves hot chocolate – but I hadn’t figured out how to make it – love the recipe – especially the addition of cayenne and ginger –
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  12. This looks so good! I usually make a boring but healthy hot choc but the spices you’ve suggested definitely give me motivation to up the ante on my plain version! Thank you 🙂

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