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How to Make the Best Cacao Drink

A cacao drink is a tasty way to enjoy the health benefits of cacao!

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

Cacao drink in a tea cup

What is a Cacao Drink?

A cacao drink is made with raw cacao powder. This is chocolate in its purest form!

Cacao powder is mixed with water or milk, and sweetened with sugar or honey.

This chocolate beverage is served hot or cold, depending on your personal preference.

person holding a mug in each hand

Enjoy a cacao drink on its own or use it as a base for milkshakes or smoothies.

It also offers numerous health benefits and makes for a healthy alternative to hot cocoa!

Cacao drink in a mug

Cacao Drink Recipe

This is a simple recipe for a delicious cacao drink that is packed with nutrients!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 whisk


  • 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.
    Cacao melted in a saucepan
  • Pour into a mug.
    Cacao drink in a tea cup
  • Enjoy!
    3 women enjoying cacao lattes
Keyword Cacao Drink
Cacao melted in a saucepan
This cacao drink mixes easily in a small saucepan.

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

Cacao Products

This recipe calls for raw cacao powder.

Below are some recommended cacao powders:

  1. Viva Naturals Organic Cacao Powder
  2. BetterBody Foods Organic Cacao Powder

Cacao is a superfood that brings together the sweetness and health benefits of chocolate.

Check out these dietitian-approved cacao products for other ways to add cacao to your diet!

Health Benefits of a Cacao Drink

Below are cacao’s nutrients and their potential health benefits:

  • Fiber: Cacao is a good source of dietary fiber, which maintains digestive health and regulates blood sugar.
  • Antioxidants: Cacao is a rich source of flavonoids, which protect the body from oxidative stress and inflammation. These compounds may improve heart health and cognitive function.
  • Minerals: The iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese in cacao are essential for body processes, such as oxygen transport, energy production, and bone health.
  • Mood-boosting compounds: Cacao contains compounds such as theobromine and phenethylamine. These compounds may have mood-boosting effects.
  • Healthy Fats: The healthy fats found in cacao promote satiety, support heart health, and hydrate the skin.
Cacao beans in the shape of a heart representing the health benefits of cacao.
Cacao provides health benefits, including heart health.

Check out this recipe for a cacao latte! It combines the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee with the creamy goodness of milk.

Cacao’s Anti-Aging Benefits

Caco may protect the skin from damage, reduce signs of aging, and promote a healthy, glowing complexion.

You can learn more about the anti-aging benefits of cacao in this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – Cacao Benefits for Skin: Beauty from the Inside Out.

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2 thoughts on “How to Make the Best Cacao Drink”

    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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