As the holidays approach and winter looms on the horizon, creating a nourishing, cozy environment with seasonal drinks does not mean compromising health by adding more sugary treats to the list.

Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa

A winter favorite is hot chocolate, of course, which can be easily made sugar-free by using cacao instead of chocolate powder.

The benefits of cacao are many; the unprocessed version of cocoa that makes common chocolate bars is considered a superfood.

A recent study on the benefits of cacao and dark chocolate conducted by Loma Linda University concluded that “the flavonoids found in cacao are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, with known mechanisms beneficial for brain and cardiovascular health,” something that chocolate lovers can celebrate this holiday season with this rich creamy recipe.

Although cacao does have some caffeine, the high levels of magnesium offer a soothing effect, particularly when high CBD infused oil is blended into the drink.


2 cups: coconut, almond or cashew milk

1 heaping tbs: Powdered cacao

1 tablespoon: *Cannabis-infused coconut oil

Optional: honey or maple syrup or a dash of cinnamon to taste, dollop of coconut milk cream

Directions: Whisk together nut milk and cacao over low heat in a small saucepan until warm (do not boil or scald). Stir in coconut oil until blended. Remove from heat, add optional sweetener and whisk until a layer of froth forms. Add to cocoa mugs and dollop with coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon or sea salt. Serves 2.

Via: Emerald Report