Mexican Hot Chocolate

We had a huge snowstorm here last night and I made my family a batch of this warming Mexican Hot Chocolate.  A hot drink is perfect for a cold day, and it’s even better when warming spices such as cinnamon, chili and cayenne are added.

There is a ton of cinnamon in this recipe, so if you’re not a cinnamon fan, you might want to reduce the amount from 1 tablespoon to 1 teaspoon.  Why do I use so much cinnamon?  Well, first, I just love the taste of the stuff.  Second, many studies have been done of late pointing to cinnamon as a spice that may help to control blood sugar levels.  Pretty neat stuff, huh?

Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Servings 4



  • Place coconut milk, water, cacao powder and agave in a vitamix
  • Puree on high speed until smooth
  • Blend in stevia, vanilla, cinnamon, chili, cayenne and salt
  • Heat mixture in a saucepan until warm
  • Top with Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Reblend and Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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Here are some other hot chocolate recipes you may enjoy:
Delicious Hot Chocolate from Joy The Baker
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate by Savory Sweet Life
Spanish-Style Hot Chocolate from Gluten-Free Gobsmacked

I want to thank Shirley of Gluten Free Easily and Kim from Cook It Allergy Free for their lovely reviews of my Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.  I really appreciate the kind words in each of these reviews and the astute observations that Shirley and Kim provide about using almond flour and my recipes.


64 responses to “Mexican Hot Chocolate”

  1. Instead of heating it on the stove, can you just continue to blend on high in the vitamix until it’s hot (five minutes or so just like soup)?

  2. Why in recipes like this do you use both honey and Stevia? Could one just use the recommended amount of honey? Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    • Trish, by using both honey and stevia I am able to cut back on the amount of sugar (from the honey) in this recipe, while maintaining the sweetness. Feel free to experiment, and please let us know how it goes :-)

  3. This is the BEST!!!! Looooove this hot chocolate!! I tried making it without water once… Not the best idea. It was really too heavy and rich. So the following times I made it exactly as the recipe says… And I just keep on make it again and again and again!! My boyfriend LOVES it too!! Thanks Elana!

  4. I love these recipes! THANK YOU again, and again, Elena! I just went Grain Free three weeks ago and your website and books are a life saver! Thanks again!

  5. I made this recipe, but I added ice to it, and had a refreshing chocolate drink!
    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!

  6. So interesting and weird to read this just now!! I was just saying today that I started eating cinnamon (a lot) on chopped up apples for a sweet treat and snack. I noticed that my blood sugar leveled off right away. Normally, I would need more than an apple when I get like that, but like I said, with the cinnamon added, I just normalize and I don’t need any more food.

    This cup of goodness looks amazing by the way!

  7. Hi Elana :)

    I love your blog and I appreciate you putting time into it and sharing recipes and information. I have a question about the vitamix. Looking it up, I noticed it is quite pricey. However, reviews say it’s a great tool. I am a student (cash flow is low) and I am wondering if you know of any similar products that are cheaper, but get the job done well.


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