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I’m not eating high-calorie treats right now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t lust after something sweet and chocolatey now and then. Now and then, I say casually, like it’s an uncommon occurrence. Let me see, I believe I was dreaming of chocolate in my 5:30 AM yoga class this morning.

Yesss, I do realize dark chocolate should not be the cornerstone of a spiritual path, but there’s no reason it can’t provide a little inner calm now and then.

With no refined sugar and no dairy, this healthy vegan hot chocolate is what I made upon returning from my down dogs, side planks and arm balances.

hot chocolate with a kick of enlightenment
what you need

2 cups organic rice milk
3 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 packet Stevia
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

what you do
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan on low-medium heat. Whisk to blend and continue stirring until it reaches desired temperature. Shave a little dark chocolate on top. Makes 2 servings. Adjust to your liking by tweaking the ingredients.

Contains 150 calories per serving and is rich in vitamin D, vitamin B-12, calcium, iron and phosphorus.


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12 Responses to “enlightened hot chocolate”

  1. Alta says:

    Looks decadent! I tried to make hot chocolate with hemp milk the other day, and maybe I just need to get used to it, but it just wasn’t the same. 🙁 I do love the addition of the orange extract in yours though!

  2. Orange and cayenne – yee-ha! Sounds like a dynamic duo. Have you found variations with Stevia? At the Fancy Food Show in SF there were several choices…I find it really is a matter of taste (And acquired one at that;-)

  3. Cyndy says:

    Mmmmm….perfect for the snowy week we are in midst of enjoying. Come to TAOS and we’ll serve it up in the groovy skier/winter oversizesd mugs you gave me!

  4. Lauren says:

    This looks perfect =D. Love the extra flavours – YUM!

  5. Chocolate, orange, and cinnamon … sounds like a liquid version of the flourless chocolate orange cake I made recently! Oh, wait, cayenne pepper … I didn’t include that, but maybe I should have. This sounds great, Melissa. Looks fabulous, dear. Especially on this cold sleety day.


  6. Melissa says:


    Funny you mention hemp milk as I have never been fond of that either. I like hemp protein or the seeds, but not the milk. And yes, the orange extract really punches up the hot chocolate.


  7. Melissa says:


    How was the Food Show? I would love to go to one of those. I don’t mind Stevia, but I don’t use much of it and I’ve never baked with it. My mom says it tastes bitter, but I don’t notice that.

  8. Melissa says:

    Cyndy (nice to see you here),

    OH my gosh, how I wish I was in Taos right now. Skiing with you and then following it up with a hot toddy at the St. B. I can hardly read my Taos Facebook updates anymore. I know you’ve gotten about 4 feet of snow this past week. It’s sunny and 45 here right now. Wish I was there!

  9. Melissa says:


    Thanks for the comment and yes, the extra flavors make it extra good!

  10. Melissa says:


    I found your comment in my spam folder again. What’s with that, anyway? It’s not like you have a risque blog name or anything.

    You and your flourless cakes! Loved the sound of that last one of yours. Yes, orange and chocolate are meant to be together!

  11. lo says:

    Love the orange and cayenne in this hot cocoa! Bet it would be divine with coconut milk as well!

  12. Who was it that said, “chocolate soothes the savage beast”…? Sounds divine!

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