Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

Happy December! That feels so weird to say because in Texas it never truly feels like December (and I’m ok with that), but we did wake up to an especially chilly morning the other day. I went downstairs, made my daily ice cold smoothie, and brought it to my desk. I sat here shivering, realizing that I’m doing this late-fall morning thing all wrong.

Since then, I’ve been mixing up this concoction for me and Jack – it’s a healthier hot chocolate than the Swissmiss from the snow days of my childhood. Instead of cocoa, I decided to use a combo of cacao powder and maca powder. Cacao is the most pure form of chocolate and it’s packed with antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium. Maca (powder from the Peruvian maca root) has a malty vanilla flavor and it’s good for fatigue, memory, and a slew of other things.* It offers a little pick me up that’s similar but not as extreme as coffee. Perfect for a little morning boost.

I don’t actually serve this with whipped cream for breakfast, but if you’re making this for dessert go ahead and make it pretty with a dollop coconut whip (recipe below) and shaved chocolte.

Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

These superfood powders are a bit of an investment, but stored in the fridge they last a really long time. I get mine at my local Whole Foods. They’d be great items to pick up if you’re one of the lucky winners of our gift card giveaway (just a reminder – it closes on Tuesday!).

In addition to our giveaway, Whole Foods is giving away groceries for ONE YEAR as part of their #mytradish program – click here to enter the sweepstakes.

4.8 from 4 reviews
Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate
Serves: serves 2
  • 2½ cups almond milk (I use Almond Breeze Original)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder (I use Nativas Naturals)
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder (I use Essential Living Foods)
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
optional toppings:
  • coconut whip** (see homemade instructions below)
  • shaved dark chocolate
  1. In a blender, mix the almond milk, cacao powder, maca, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt. (You can also whisk this together by hand). Transfer to a medium saucepan and heat. Taste and adjust the sweetness if desired. If it's too thick, add a little bit more almond milk.
  2. Serve with coconut whip and shaved dark chocolate, both optional.
** Homemade Coconut Whip:
solids from 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
⅓ cup powdered sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract

Make the coconut whip by combining the ingredients in a mixer and mix until whipped and fluffy. Note: some cans of coconut milk are duds - meaning that the solids and the water do not separate and the whip cream will not whip. I've had the best luck using Whole Foods 365 brand full fat canned coconut milk.

*I’m not a nutritionist, but you can google to read about the benefits of cacao and maca. Most sites list these same attributes.

Special thanks to Whole Foods for kindly supplying the gift cards for our giveaway. Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. GiGi Eats from on said:

    This sounds and looks SENSATIONAL!

  2. It definitely feels like December where I am!! (Canada, haha)
    This looks fanastic, will definitely be trying it out soon 🙂

  3. Cindy on said:

    Oooooooh and add a dash of chipotle or cayenne and maybe the tiniest smidge of orange zest….. I am ON IT!!!!

  4. Vicky from on said:

    These looks like such a luxurious hot chocolate! I’m definitely going to be making this on a cold Sunday like today!

  5. Vanilla from on said:

    So yummy! I will try to find maca powder next time i shop. Os there anyore maca recipies?

  6. Perfect looking hot chocolate. Love that you added maca and cinnamon…two of my favorite add-ins as well. Will be making this soon!

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  8. Zombidle from on said:

    It will be perfect for winter!

  9. Victoria from on said:

    This sounds fabulous, I love the idea of the coconut whip!

  10. Kendrick from on said:

    Great recipe,
    It looks amazing and so easy to make.
    I am going to make it tomorrow.
    I think it will be delicious.
    Thank You!

  11. Jane on said:

    This was so good i made it last night, used soy milk instead almond milk and also added some shaved dark chocolate on the top, it was delicious
    Thanks for posting!

  12. Tammy Thiele from on said:

    So excited to try this…I have been searching for a recipe to use my cacao powder in, it’s so delicious!

  13. Maria from on said:

    Oh man!!! There is a hot chocolate chain in Seattle that makes something that this reminds me of!! Its my favorite one they make!! So of course making it at home would be especially fabulous!

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  16. April on said:

    This sounds amazing!

    Can I ask where your lovely white pot is from?

  17. Devon on said:

    This looks amazing! Where did you get that sauce pan? So adorable.

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  19. Cecilia on said:

    I made this recipe 3 times now and it is my absolute favorite! It is not too sweet, not too rich but still very tasty. Thanks!

  20. Remy Bernard from on said:

    Do I have to use almond milk or will regular full fat milk be acceptable? This is just what I have on hand right now. Thanks!

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  23. Katie from on said:

    How long should u leaveon the heat for? 🙂

    • Just until it’s as hot as you would like to drink it – a few minutes, depending how quick your stove heats up.

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