there’s not a quicker path to cozy than a cup of hot chocolate. Often paired with Christmas cookies and other indulgences, why not spike your hot chocolate this year with a few smart ingredients that’ll boost your metabolism and help your blood sugar stay balanced?

This clean spiced hot chocolate from integrative and functional nutritionist, Jennie Miremadi, takes the classic cup to another level. Add to all the benefits of cacao, warming spices like cayenne that boost our metabolism and immunity, cinnamon that helps to keep blood sugar stable and a good dose of coconut to bring it all together. Everything works together to add unexpected layers of flavor that are absolutely addicting. Make this simple drink a holiday tradition!

Want to add homemade marshmallows? You should! We use Vital Proteins gelatin in this classic recipe.

Easy Spiced Hot Chocolate


1 cup of organic, full-fat, coconut milk (canned, BPA-free, gum-free)
1 cup of purified, hot water
4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 Tbsp Ceylon cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt
vanilla stevia drops to taste
marshmallows for top of spicy hot cocoa (optional – here’s the recipe)


Blend all ingredients other than marshmallows in Vitamix or other high-speed blender until ingredients are thoroughly combined and hot cocoa is steaming when blender lid is removed, about 3 minutes.

Adjust stevia to taste.

If your blender doesn’t heat hot cocoa sufficiently, transfer to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat.

Simmer for 2-3 minutes, turn off heat and pour hot cocoa into two mugs.

Top hot cocoa with marshmallows, if desired.

Serve and enjoy!

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