hot chocolate in a white cup on a table

Maca Hot Chocolate

hot chocolate in a white cup on a table


Perfect pairing

Ever wonder how amazing it is that certain flavours pair well together? Mint and chocolate, orange and chocolate, apple and cinnamon?  Then there’s tomato and basil, fennel and citrus or balsamic vinegar and strawberries.


Well it’s not different than maca and cacao. Both have deep flavours that complement each other. Some describe it as deep roasted caramel and butterscotch but however you describe it, it’s W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L


Maca and cacao benefits

Chocolate, when dark and less processed is a wonder food. Rich in nutrients and more importantly, so-called antioxidants such as polyphenols. Studies have shown it benefits human health in many ways – How Does Chocolate Help Cognition?.


Maca root is another great food. It’s actually a plant native to Peru, and is commonly available in powder form or as a supplement. Technically maca is a cruciferous vegetable and therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. It is know as an adaptogen which means it helps support your body against stress. For more, read my post Adaptogens. Can They Really Help To Reduce Stress?

Maca Hot Chocolate

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 cups milk, soy or nut beverage (almond etc)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk use light coconut milk if desired
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract use pure, it's worth it
  • 2 tsp sugar use sugar of choice: white, coconut, or try maple syrup
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon for sprinkling


  1. Pour milk, soy or nut beverage in a sauce pan. Add coconut milk and vanilla extract and stir. Place on stove top over low heat.

  2. Whisk in the sugar, maca powder and cacao powder until well combined.

  3. Heat gently over low, low-medium heat until hot. Be careful not to boil it, heat it just before it boils.

  4. Remove from heat and pour into two mugs, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy

Doug Cook RDN is a Toronto based integrative and functional nutritionist and dietitian with a focus on digestive, gut, mental health.  Follow me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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