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Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe

Spiced hot chocolate

Credit: Georgia Harding

A really great way to move towards a healthier diet is to transform foods you or your kids enjoy and add things to make them healthier. So, while a simple hot chocolate could be just cacao, sweetener and milk, adding spices like turmeric, which is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb, results in a more medicinal drink.

Makes: 2 cups



  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • 400-500mL milk of choice
  • Sweetener (your choice of rapadura, coconut sugar, honey, rice-malt syrup, stevia), to taste
  1. Place cacao and spices in jar or small bowl and mix well to combine. Divide between two cups or mugs.
  2. Heat milk of choice. Once hot pour about one-quarter of a cup into each mug and stir well.
  3. Add sweetener of choice and mix again.
  4. Top with remaining milk, stir well and enjoy.
  5. Note:Work towards using as little sweetener as possible. My kids actually enjoy this with no sweetener at all. But if your tribe are accustomed to commercial hot chocolate drinks (even the healthy varieties, which I also find are very sweet), each time you make this, work on reducing the sweetener just a little. You can always add more if need be.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.