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A Cozy Cacao Drink Recipe You’ll Love

Cacao, the purer, less-processed cousin of cocoa, offers a deeper chocolate experience than your average mug of hot chocolate.

But how do you unlock the magic of cacao?

Read on for a simple recipe, plus information on this nutrient-packed superfood.

What is a Cacao Drink?

Made from the unprocessed version of cocoa powder, a cacao drink is a healthy alternative to hot chocolate.

As a huge fan of rich flavors and healthy choices, I am totally into cacao drinks!

Cacao has this deep, complex chocolate flavor profile that’s just so satisfying.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy pick-me-up on a chilly day or a guilt-free indulgence, a warm cup of cacao is your answer!

person holding a mug of a cacao drink in each hand
Cacao offers an intense chocolate flavor!

Health Benefits of Cacao

3 women enjoying cacao lattes
Boost your mood with cacao!
Cacao drink in a mug

Cacao Drink Recipe

This tasty beverage is a delicious way to enjoy the health benefits of cacao while satisfying your chocolate cravings.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 mug


  • 1 cup milk milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp honey Optional
  • 1 pinch salt Optional


  • Heat the milk over medium heat in a saucepan until hot. Avoid boiling.
  • Add the cacao powder and whisk until well combined.
    Cacao melted in a saucepan
  • Add honey and salt (if desired). Whisk until combined.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour into a mug.
    Cacao drink in a tea cup
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Cacao Drink

Tips for a Perfect Cacao Drink

1. Choose a High-Quality Cacao Powder

Below are 2 recommended cacao powders.

2. Build Your Base

  • Water: Simple and versatile, water lets the true cacao flavor shine. Consider using filtered water for the best taste.
  • Milk: Dairy or plant-based, milk adds creaminess and complements different flavor profiles.
  • Non-dairy Options: Explore options like almond or coconut milk for a creamy, vegan-friendly base.
A jar of almond milk next to a bowl of almonds
Consider almond milk as a dairy-free alternative.

3. Experiment with Sweeteners and Spices

  • Sweeteners: Start with a small amount of natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or a chopped date. You can always add more to taste, but over-sweetening can mask the complex flavors of cacao.
  • Spice Up Your Life: Don’t be afraid to experiment with spices! A pinch of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cardamom, or even a sprinkle of chili powder can add a surprising depth of flavor to your cacao drink.
Cinnamon sticks next to a spoonful of ground cinnamon
Cinnamon can add depth to your cacao drink.

If you like lattes, check out our cacao latte recipe. It combines the rich flavors of cacao and coffee with the creamy goodness of milk!


The beauty of cacao drinks lies in their adaptability.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and flavor combinations to discover your perfect cup.

Whether enjoyed as a morning pick-me-up, an afternoon treat, or a cozy evening ritual, the cacao drink is sure to delight and nourish, one sip at a time!

Cacao drink in a mug
Indulge in a Cacao drink!

Are you interested in more beverages that satisfy and nourish? Check out our Bone Broth Hot Cocoa recipe!

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2 thoughts on “A Cozy Cacao Drink Recipe You’ll Love”

    1. Hi Lorna, great question! This cacao drink contains about 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving without the honey. 15 grams of carbohydrates is a reasonable amount of carbohydrates for most individuals with diabetes. Adding the optional tablespoon of honey would add another 17 grams of carbohydrate, so I would suggest leaving this out of your cacao drink. Be mindful that this is a beverage, so it will raise your blood sugar quicker than food, since it requires minimal digestion.

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