How to Survive a German Winter Part 4: The Really Hot Hot Chocolate

Here we go for number 4 of my “how to survive a German winter” series. The last post was more about how to keep warm from the outside, with the right materials and layers. This one again is how to get HOT from the inside.

I am sharing my alltime favorite super spicy hot chocolate recipe with you. This hot chocolate is not only super yummy and will keep you warm; it is also really really healthy! No refined sugar, now cow’s milk, only nature and a few superfoods. Sounds good? Tastes good 🙂

The superfoods included in this recipe are cacao, chili, and turmeric.

Cacao is said to be anti-inflammatory, detoxifying (loads of antioxidants), and it creates loads of energy and can be used as an alternative to coffee to combat fatigue. It also has plenty of magnesium which protects against osteoporosis, reduces type II diabetes, and lowers blood pressure. Make sure to avoid dairy when making anything with cacao, as it will prevent antioxidant absorption – and is super unhealthy anyway.

Chili does actually contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits, is full of both iron and calcium, and, thanks to the capsaicin and fiber content in chili, it has effects of lowering blood cholesterol levels. Actually chili may even reduce risks of cancer, such as by killing cancer cells as some studies found.

Turmeric contains curcumin and curcmin is an extremely potent antioxidant. Not only does curcumin fight free radicals in itself, it also stimulates the bodies natural free radical fighting enzymes for a doubled antioxidant effect. Studies of curcumin also show it to have an extremely strong anti-inflammatory effect – even stronger than the effect of anti-inflammation drugs! And there are even studies out there, which found that turmeric works BETTER than drugs against depression.

I love nature!

So here is what you will need for 1 liter of really hot hot choclate:

About 0,8 L of hot water
A good handful of cashew nuts (soak for a few hours)
– you can also use store bought plant milk instead
1 dried chili (if you do not like it very spicy, use less!)
0,5 cm fresh turmeric root
3 TbS cacao powder
3-6 raw cacao beans
Sweetener of choice; I use fresh dates (1 good handful) or dried date sugar (around 80g)
A dash of pepper
A dash of vanilla

When I drink this hot chocolate at night, I usually use only half of the cacao and replace it with carob instead – because cacao will stimulate your systeme and may keep you awake when you want to sleep.

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend on high for a minute or two. Try a sip and add more sweetener if you wish 🙂

These days I have a hot chocolate like this one almost every day. I love to have one in the afternoon when cuddling up on the sofa with my little one, reading some books and drinking hot chocolate. She likes the spicy version too but when I make a really spicy one, she prefers her own one without added chili. I add more carob and less cacao when I make hot chocolate for the little one.

Sometimes I play around with the ingredients, adding some cinnamon, lucuma powder or some baobab. But in general I make it as described in this post. When you first know how to, it will take you five minutes to throw everything in the blender and blend it up.

Feel free to play around with the amounts of ingredients, make it less or more spicy, add more or less sweetener, more or less cacao beans etc.

I hope you enjoyed part 4 of my “how to surive a German winter”. Let me know if you try this hot chocolate here in the comments and/or on instagram. And feel free to share your favorite hot chocolate recipes with me. I am always curious for new inspirations – as long as they are healthy and plant based of course 😀

Oh and by the way – in case you noticed the beautiful blue enamel jug… I found it on and I am VERY much in love with its beautiful color.

Have a wonderful start into the new week everyone!  I will be back on Wednesday with my before last post for this small Winter series.


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  1. Februar 6, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I would love a cup right now! Yummy!

  2. Februar 6, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    I really like hot cocoa, but I’ve never put any spicy ingredients into it, only cinnamon or vanilla. I think I should drink a cup this evening, cos I’m craving anything chocolate for some time. I make mine with regular milk, I have an access to a raw organic milk, so it is really good, but now I think I havent made my coconut milk in a while. Should be great in a hot cocoa right? And I’m also thinking about making walnut milk, I have plenty of them from the autumn, so I should give it a try.Hope this comment will not go to a spam again, have a lovely week, hugs☺☺☺

  3. Amy Arnold
    Februar 6, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Spicy hot chocolate – yum! The perfect cure for a cold winter.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. Februar 6, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Love this! Nothing’s better than a hot drink on a cold day. And thanks for teaching me something new — I throw turmeric into most dishes I cook (for its health benefits and bright color) but have never tried it in a drink. You’ve inspired me to experiment.

  5. Februar 7, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Also gegen einen Kakao habe ich nichts einzuwenden. Gerade nach einem langen, kalten Winterspaziergang. Kommt sicherlich auch von früher her, weil meine Mama uns immer Kakao gemacht hat, wenn wir vom Skifahren heim sind. 😉 Und da ich Tee nicht so gerne mag und Kaffee nur wenig trinke: perfekt. 😉

    Dankeschön für deine lieben Worte zu den letzten Fotos!

  6. Februar 7, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Tumeric is literally SO good for you- I didn’t realize this for ages and now I try to work it into recipes whenever I can!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. Februar 7, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    I honestly don’t consume much dairy, only upon occassion or on the weekend, but for the most part we use almond or coconut milk. I had no idea that milk prevents the absorption of the benefits found within cacao, so good to know! I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try, perhaps this weekend. Thanks so much for sharjng, beauty, and I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week so far!



  8. Februar 8, 2017 / 6:59 am

    This looks so good (and healthy)! Nothing can be better than hot chocolate during the winter!
    Adi xx