Hot Cacao is the drink of the Mayan Gods and Goddesses. Drinking this delicious, heart healing beverage each morning has become a favorite ritual of mine, and I want to share it with you! It began as a search for a coffee replacement to decrease anxiety, and quickly turned into leaving behind coffee altogether. I’m not saying I’ll never drink coffee again, but why drink coffee when you can have hot medicinal chocolate? 

Hot Cacao is known for its heart-opening and heart expanding properties, and can help you navigate emotional blockages with greater ease, dissolve negative energy, and align you with who you truly are. 

Cacao was cultivated by Mayas more than 2,500 years ago and was called “Ku-Ku”. Ku in Mayan language means sacred, and Ku-Ku “above sacred”. Aztecs learned from Mayas how to cultivate and prepare it, calling the bitter drink “Xocolatl”. This drink was only consumed by the Emperor and nobility, and was called “Kakaw”. 

In Mayan language, that means Drink of the Gods.

According to Mayan elders, the Spirit of Cacao is one of the most powerful divine forces in Mayan cosmology. With the Spirit of Cacao we can travel inward, where our wisdom and love live. It’s no wonder cacao is still used in ceremony today.

How to Enjoy Cacao at Home

I received this recipe from renowned healer and dear friend Stephanie Burg, and I’ve added a few twists of my own over the years. It is a welcomed alternative to coffee! Cacao is a natural stimulant and gives you that upper without all the nasty side effects of coffee. (Some of us may get upset about the idea of changing our morning ritual until we find out it’s chocolate instead.)

Stephanie suggests aiming to purchase the highest quality ingredients you can find, as organic foods retain more of their healing properties and keep their minerals intact. I prefer to double or quadruple this recipe and store it for ease. I typically use 2 tablespoons of the recipe powder, with ½ cup non dairy milk and ½ cup filtered water (or rose tea) for one delightful beverage.

Lindsay drinking Hot CacaoRecipe

To make 3 cups of cacao:

  • 4 heaping tbsp raw organic cacao powder
  • ¼-½  tsp ashwagandha powder
  • 1 tsp powdered maca root
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk of your choice (I prefer organic coconut milk from the can or organic oat milk)
  • Raw organic honey to taste


  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mushroom powder (for an extra boost)
  • 1 tsp Chaga
  • Substitute rose tea for the filtered water
  • Substitute 1 tbsp Valrhona Cocoa Powder for a more velvety texture
  • Dash of organic cayenne pepper to taste (if you’re into spicy chocolate!)
  • Vegan marshmallows or whipped cream alternative


Whisk together all ingredients (except honey) and heat until simmering. Remove from heat and add honey to taste… perhaps about 1 tbsp.

Stir to blend (or use a frother) and serve. This recipe also makes a DELICIOUS pudding if you’re not in the mood for a hot beverage (I actually learned this by accident). Just add cold milk instead of hot water and blend in the blender. Add raw organic avocado for a more mousse-like texture.

The cacao powders I enjoy are made by Sun Potion and Navitas. There’s another cacao recommendation sourced from a farm in Ecuador that you can find an equivalent of on Amazon, but I encourage you to try a few and see what you prefer most.

Typically, I blend all the dry ingredients together and keep them in a container in my pantry. When I’m just serving myself, I place 1-2 heaping tablespoons in a large mug with honey, add boiling water (or rose tea) and heavy coconut cream, and whisk them all together. It’s quick and easy and doesn’t leave any leftovers. Vegan marshmallows are fun to add as well if you enjoy sweets! Yum!

More Heart Opening

Sacred ritual, ceremony, and heart healing are all so important right now. The collective heart is opening. Can you feel it? 

Your energy is sacred.

It’s time for us to act more compassionately; compassion is the act of holding space and sharing love without expectation or judgement.

It’s time to support a life lived from the heart.

With the heart, we perceive and receive insight. Perception is the visual, receptive, and external component of intuition; insight is the deeper, contemplative, and internal component of intuition. It is “in-sight” where you truly see yourself and that of another.

We’re exploring this very topic in my Sacred Alchemy course right now. I invite you to join us, to try this delicious cacao recipe, and to share your feedback in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

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