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Andreana Bitsis

Stay Warm This Winter With Herbal Hot Chocolate

Cinnamon promotes circulation, clove is calming, and cardamom has anti-cancer effects.

We’ve covered some hot chocolate alternatives in the past, but sometimes, nothing will do but the thing itself. We made up an extra warming hot chocolate recipe, full of winter spices that will keep you cozy through cold nights.

Plus, you don’t have to feel guilty about having a glass of this herbal hot chocolate: unsweetened cocoa powder is rich in iron and flavanoids (which act as antioxidants and which prevent inflammation).

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Cinnamon, in the Ayurvedic tradition, promotes circulation; coconut seems to do everything; and clove is used to stimulate the body— but even just its scent can offer comfort in the aromatherapy tradition; and cardamom is being eyed as a potential cancer preventative.

Cozy up to the recipe below!

Warming Herbal Hot Chocolate

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Warming Herbal Hot Chocolate

5 mins
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of coconut flakes
  • 1 clove
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cup milk of choice



Simmer milk in a wide saucepan on the stove, stirring frequently.


Add the rest of ingredients to a mug.


When the milk has warmed to your liking, add the milk to the mug and stir.


Drink up!

Love chocolate? Read our interview with Simran Sethi of The Slow Melt podcast or discover the wonderful world of Ayurvedic chocolate.

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