DIY Superfood Hot Cacao

DIY Superfood Hot Cacao



[November 2021, by Kendyl Boyd] There are so many brands these days offering their own pre-made superfood blends, and while they can be great and handy, I like to encourage people to familiarize themselves with herbs and superfoods so that they can make their own blends that meet their own unique needs—hence, DIY! (Makes one 8 oz mug of warming hot chocolatey goodness)

1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
4-6 oz hot water
2-4 oz milk of choice
Honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, monk fruit, stevia, or other sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
Ghee, coconut or mct oil (optional)


Mix and match add-ins

Cacao— Rich in magnesium and other trace minerals, supporting rest and relaxation.

Maca— Hormone balancing for both male and female systems, excellent source of essential minerals, contains mood-supporting flavonoids, adds yummy malted flavor.

Beetroot powder— Blood building, adds vibrancy, adds thickness and creaminess.

Ashwagandha— Adaptogenic, nourishing adrenal systems and promoting stress management and tranquillity.

Cinnamon— Promotes blood circulation, adds spice and warmth.

Nutmeg— Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, warming, potentially nootropic, and promotes healthy sleep. tastes like fall and winter!

Greens “superfood” powders— Provides vitamin K, chlorophyll, and other nutrients through powdered whole fruits, veggies, grasses and algae.

Turmeric— Anti-inflammatory, adds warmth and color.

Cardamom— Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive support, spicy and warm.

Black pepper— Supports curcumin absorption from turmeric, adds a little spice and warmth.

Healthy fats— Support absorption of vitamin K, adds smooth creaminess and helps create frothiness.

Ghee in particular is a source of calcium, while coconut oil is a source of medium-chain triglycerides, which when metabolized provide a quick source of energy.

Method: Add cacao, sweetener, vanilla and oil (if using) into your mug. Pour in heated water and milk mixture and blend with a whisk or frother. Continue adding powdered mix-ins, blending fully along the way.

Using the same proportions for the dry ingredients, you can adapt this mix for larger batches and save it for regular enjoyment.


Kendyl Boyd is an educator, community arts administrator, and multifaceted creative based in Philadelphia, PA. When she’s not in a classroom or community setting, she loves working intuitively with plants, herbs, and other fruits of the earth in her kitchen. Nourishing others is her love language!



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