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Paleo “Anti-Inflammatory” Hot Chocolate

Mug of Paleo Hot Chocolate with Anti-Inflammatory Spices.

This Paleo & dairy free hot chocolate is rich, creamy and full of goodness with a blend of anti-inflammatory and immune boosting spices. It is the perfect cosy pick me up on a cold winters day!

This Paleo hot chocolate is the perfect blend of a cosy chocolate treat (that lets face it we all need those now and then!) but with some extra goodies in there such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, to help reduce inflammation, boost immune function and improve circulation.

Having just returned from a winter escape to sunny Fiji (lucky us!), I am feeling a little under the weather after traveling, the change in temperature and in need of something to fight off those winter blues and give me a good healthy boost!

If I am being completely honest I am also suffering from a touch of post holiday blues and what better to help with that than a good dose of chocolate! Or to be specific in this case  – raw cacao!

This Paleo and dairy free version of hot chocolate contains raw cacao powder as opposed to the more heavily processed cocoa powder which is processed at very high temperatures.

Raw cacao powder is a natural superfood, it is more nutrient dense than cocoa powder with very high levels of antioxidants (source).

Raw cacao is not only high in antioxidants, magnesium and iron (source), but also can help increase levels of feel good neurotransmitters that can help promote a sense of well-being and lift the mood.

Just what the doctor ordered I think!

Additional Notes for making this Paleo Anti-Inflammatory Hot Chocolate

For those of you that know me I am always adding in spices where I can, in particular turmeric well known now for its anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and liver supporting properties.

This hot chocolate is no exception!

  • I have added a dash of ground black pepper to this hot chocolate which helps with the bio availability of the turmeric – in particular curcumin  – the principal compound in turmeric around which most of the research is focused (source).
  • Another trick to enhance absorption is to consume turmeric with fat – adding 1/2 tspn of coconut oil to this hot chocolate is another option.
  • You can use any milk that you like – this hot chocolate works well with unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk.
  • It really is worth going the extra milk and using a milk frother or putting this mixture quickly into your blender and blending it for a few seconds, this mixes the spices in well and makes it slightly frothy.


If you are looking for other ways to add raw cacao powder into your diet you may like to try:

Creamy Blueberry, Cacao & Coconut Energy Balls

Homemade Nutella

Raw Vegan Cranberry & Chocolate Truffles


Or for other healthy drinks you may like:

Mango Smoothie with Maca (Dairy Free)

Kawakawa Tea – A Native Health Tonic


I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

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Paleo “Anti-Inflammatory” Hot Chocolate

A paleo and vegan hot chocolate with a delicious blend of spices

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

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5 based on 19 review(s)


  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbspn raw cacao powder
  • 1 tspn ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 - 1 tspn ground ginger - depending on your taste
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tspn ground turmeric - depending on your taste
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash freshly ground black pepper
  • stevia, maple syrup or honey to sweeten as desired.


  1. In a medium saucepan gently heat up the nut milk, water, spices and the salt and pepper.
  2. Stir on a medium heat for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Add the raw cacao powder and stir through until the flavours are combined.
  3. Add desired sweetener to taste.
  4. Whisk or use a milk frother to lightly froth if desired.


I like this drink to have quite a ginger kick, start with 1/2 tspn and taste and add more if you prefer.


gluten free
dairy free
egg free
soy free
wheat free



74 cal


3 g


9 g


2 g
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  • Reply
    Taylor Kiser
    August 3, 2018 at 4:11 pm This looks so cozy and delicious! What a delicious blend of spices! This will be the perfect drink to warm up with when the cold temperatures return!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      August 5, 2018 at 8:44 am Thanks Taylor - yes the spices make it extra tasty on a chilly day! :)
  • Reply
    Adriana Lopez Martin
    August 3, 2018 at 5:11 pm Yummy love a good hot chocolate, I crave it all the time it is comforting perfect breakfast hot drink too. I have all the ingredients making it this morning, cheers!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      August 5, 2018 at 8:42 am Awesome, love it when you have all the ingredients for a recipe on hand, let me know how you get on :)
  • Reply
    August 3, 2018 at 5:12 pm This sounds delicious. I will be making a batch for my MIL as she has poor circulation and suffers from inflamed joints!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      August 5, 2018 at 8:41 am Thanks Claire, oh great it will be a perfect drink for her to try. I hope she enjoys it :)
  • Reply
    August 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm I am so excited for hot chocolate season and getting cosy on the sofa!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      August 5, 2018 at 8:40 am There is something so lovely about keeping warm and cosy isn't there? :)
  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    August 3, 2018 at 10:36 pm You can't beat a mug of hot chocolate! Love that this has anti inflammatory and immune boosting spices - I will definitely be giving it a try!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      August 5, 2018 at 8:39 am Thanks Bintu, I hope you enjoy it :)
  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    August 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm What a great way to get in a lot of good nutrients at one time. I mean who doesn't love hot chocolate. Great idea!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      August 5, 2018 at 8:39 am Thanks so much Kelly!
  • Reply
    November 13, 2018 at 10:43 am This is so delicious. I drink it frequently but have recently caught a head cold and this drink has helped me feel much better! Thank you for this yummy and healthy recipe.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm Hi Chelsie! Yes it is great for an immune boost! I'm so pleased it helped you feel better, thanks so much for letting me know! :)
  • Reply
    December 12, 2018 at 6:20 am Man this looks good, what creative spice additions! Eager to sample!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      December 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm Thanks Tessa, I hope you enjoy it, it is great for a chilly day :)
  • Reply
    January 3, 2019 at 11:34 am "Feel-good"hot chocolate. And I have everything needed. YUM
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      January 10, 2019 at 11:35 am Haha yes totally! Love that - a "Feel-good" hot chocolate :)
  • Reply
    February 6, 2019 at 6:27 am I love all the antioxidants and spices you added to the hot chocolate! This wet cold weather has me continually craving hot drinks! Not to mention using them as a hand warmer!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm Thanks Stacey, aah yes healthy and great as a hand warmer too!
  • Reply
    Raia Todd
    February 6, 2019 at 8:34 am This sounds like just what I need to get me through nap time! Thanks!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:20 pm Thanks Raia, yes a great pick me up when you need it :)
  • Reply
    February 6, 2019 at 2:22 pm I didn't know adding a touch of black pepper helped enhance the bioavailability of turmeric! Can't wait to try this delicious anti inflammatory hot cocoa recipe - looks delicious!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:20 pm Thanks so much Meredith, yes you just need a dash! :)
  • Reply
    February 6, 2019 at 4:16 pm It's been so chilly here and this sounds perfect and comforting! Love how you added all those healthy and yummy spices.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm Thanks Jean, yes it is lovely and warming on a chilly day :)
  • Reply
    February 6, 2019 at 5:29 pm It's so cold here in Canada right now. We will need this recipe!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm Hi Yang! Yes, its perfect for the cold!
  • Reply
    Renee D Kohley
    February 8, 2019 at 4:03 am Such a great and warming idea for this time of year! I might make this this afternoon!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm Thanks Renee, I hope you enjoy it :)
  • Reply
    February 8, 2019 at 4:17 am Um, yes please. I love this combination of chocolate and warm spices. Great idea!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm Thank you! They do go well together :)
  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    February 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm Delicious!!!! This is my favorite! How warming and wonderful for a morning. :) :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm Thanks Megan! Yes it can be a nice drink to start the day :)
  • Reply
    February 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm It looks so creamy delicious! I can't wait to make this!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 8, 2019 at 7:23 pm Thanks ChihYu, I hope you enjoy it :)
  • Reply
    Irena Macri
    February 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm Love all the spices used in this recipe! They give it lovely heat as well as those benefits. Really enjoyed it!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 13, 2019 at 9:41 am Thanks Irena, I'm so glad you enjoyed it:)

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