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 season with a few extra ingredients that’ll boost your metabolism and help you process sugar too?

This clean spiced hot chocolate from integrative and functional nutritionist, Jennie Miremadi, takes the classic cup to another level. Warming spices like cayenne give a boost to our metabolism and immunity and cinnamon helps to level blood sugar and boost the healing properties of the cacao. All the spices work together to add an unexpected layer of flavor that is absolutely addicting. Make this simple drink a holiday tradition!

Spiced Hot Chocolate
Serves 2


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
cinnamon marshmallows for top of spicy hot cocoa (optional)


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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