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Aztec Hot Chocolate


This is an adaptation of the original way the Aztecs used cacao but made with ingredients that are accessible to most Americans. This is a bitter spicy drink that children probably will not like! There is no sweetener. It makes a good coffee substitute for those who take their coffee without sugar.

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  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons nonfat milk powder or 1 teaspoon half and half (optional)
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or crushed vanilla pod
  • 1/8 teaspoon powdered cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil or butter, optional
  • nutmeg or mint garnish, optional
  • 8 to 12 ounces boiling water


Servings 1
Cooking time 5mins


Step 1

Mix all cocoa powder, milk powder, cinnamon, and cayenne together in a mug. Add a little boiling water to make a paste.

Continue to add boiling water until you've reached your desired drinking consistency. Add coconut oil or butter (if using any) and vanilla extract. You can whirl this in the blender if you like it frothy.

Add garnish if desired.

Drink can be sweetened to taste with your favorite sweetener if needed, but it's not as authentic! This is intended to be an unsweetened, somewhat bitter, spicy drink, which children probably will not like. It's similar to drinking coffee with no cream or sugar, though you can always add either if it needs a little adjusting for you.


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