There are many health benefits of cacao (… aside from simply tasting delicious!)

Cacao beans in their natural, unprocessed, unaltered state are rich in nutrients and beneficial to health. Raw chocolate or cacao powder contains many important vitamins and minerals including:

Raw cacao contains over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, making it one complex and nutritious food!

  • Anandamide: a neurotransmitter known as “the bliss chemical”
  • Arginine: nature’s aphrodisiac
  • Magnesium: for healthy heart function
  • Serotonin: anti-stress neurotransmitter
  • Tryptophan: anti-depressant amino acid
  • Phenylethylamine: controls the ability to focus attention and stay alert
  • Polyphenols: antioxidants

Chili Powder is a blend of spices including chili peppers, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt, and garlic powder. The health benefits of chili powder are derived mostly from the capsaicin in the red pepper.

  • Pain Reduction
  • Fights Inflammation
  • Antioxidant
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Increased Metabolism

Spiced Hot Chocolate


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, or favorite non-dairy milk option (I prefer coconut)
  • 3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Option: cacao nibs for sprinkling


  • Combine milk, cocoa, nutmeg, and chili powder in a blender
  • Blend until combined
  • Heat on stove (or heat in a mug in the microwave if you can’t wait)
  • Serve with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle of cacao nibs.

6 Comments on Spiced Hot Chocolate

  1. Joseph O.
    January 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Amanda, thanks for the CPY shout out! This hot chocolate sounds great, I’m definitely going to try it while it’s still cold outside.

  2. nourishedexistence
    January 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Joseph, I love CPY so much that I’ve started working there. It definitely changed my life out here in Colorado. The hot chocolate is incredible. Please do try it.

    <3 NE

    • Joseph O.
      January 24, 2013 at 9:25 am (5 years ago)

      That’s great! Are you in an instructor?

      • nourishedexistence
        January 24, 2013 at 9:40 am (5 years ago)

        I am Front Desk currently. Instructor training to come shortly!

      • Joseph O.
        January 24, 2013 at 9:49 am (5 years ago)

        Very cool. You’ll have to keep us updated once you start Teacher Training and let us know how it goes!

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