Hot Cacao with Cardamom + Tahini (Vegan)

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A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate! This Tahini Hot Chocolate recipe is vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage!

 A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage! #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #cacao #tahini #healthy #warmbeverage #christmasdrink #cardamom #vegan
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I’m just a wee bit obsessed with cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder). . .

 A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage! #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #cacao #tahini #healthy #warmbeverage #christmasdrink #cardamom #vegan
 A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage! #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #cacao #tahini #healthy #warmbeverage #christmasdrink #cardamom #vegan

Cacao powder is about the healthiest form of chocolate that you can consume. It is the product of ground raw cacao beans — completely unprocessed unlike the cocoa powder that most of us are familiar with. And, boy does it make for one healthy hot chocolate!

 A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage! #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #cacao #tahini #healthy #warmbeverage #christmasdrink #cardamom #vegan


Cacao Powder Health Benefits

  • extremely high in anti-oxidants that combat disease, aging, pollutants, stress, and dangerous free radicals
  • a serotonin booster lending it to be a great reliever of mood swings and depression
  • high in iron
  • high in magnesium
  • high in calcium
  • contains anandamide (the “bliss molecule”) lending to feelings of euphoria and relaxation
  • contains phenylethylamine, a natural energy and mood booster
  • contains protein (protein!)
  • has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • contains sulfur (great for healthy skin, hair, and nails!)
  • has been shown to support good metabolism and healthy weight loss
 A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage! #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #cacao #tahini #healthy #warmbeverage #christmasdrink #cardamom #vegan

Through many experimental cups, I discovered the amazingly delicious and complementary power of protein-rich tahini and flavorful cardamom paired with amazingly healthy cacao powder. This combo will blow you away, as you sink into delicious and relaxing guilt-free bliss. Enjoy! xo.

 A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage! #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #cacao #tahini #healthy #warmbeverage #christmasdrink #cardamom #vegan

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Creamy, soothing and comforting.
  • Rich and chocolate-y.
  • Perfectly laced with cardamom.
  • Silky smooth.
  • Slightly earthy and nutty with the addition of tahini.
  • Easy to make.
  • Healing, and packed with nutrients.
  • Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.
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Ingredients Needed to Make Tahini Hot Chocolate

  • Plant-based milk.
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Tips for Making the Best Hot Cacao

  • Any dairy or non-dairy milk works well with this recipe. Our favorites? Vanilla almond, oat and coconut milk.
  • While it will not have all of the amazing health benefits, in a pinch, regular cocoa powder can be used in place of cacao powder.
  • Any liquid sweetener of choice can be used in this recipe.
  • To make a sugar-free hot cacao, I recommend this sweetener.
  • The vanilla extract can be omitted for a still-tasty hot cacao recipe!

 

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a top view of black mug filled with hot cacao

Hot Cacao with Cardamom + Tahini (Vegan)

A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate. Vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage!


4.65 from 45 votes
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Course: Beverages, Vegan
Cuisine: Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Halal, Hindu, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk of choice I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 5 tbs organic cacao powder
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 green cardamon pod contents freshly ground (or 1/4 tsp ground cardamom)
  • optionally ground cardamom or cinnamon for garnishing

Instructions

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat combine all of the above ingredients.
  • Whisk continually until all is smoothly combined, beginning to bubble and appears frothy.
  • Carefully pour into mug(s), and optionally sprinkle with a little cardamom or cinnamon.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please refer to the Tips section above in the post for valuable information.
You might also like 36 Cacao Nib Recipes.
Also see: Coconut Sugar Substitutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 137mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g
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12 Comments

  1. OMG! I just made this recipe and it is absolutely delicious! I’ll never have hot chocolate without tahini again!! It adds extra nutrients and makes the texture creamier. Thanks for sharing

  2. 4 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly as instructed with just one addition which was to sprinkle some Himalayan pink sea salt as an additional garnish and this turned out AMAZING!! 🤤 I love how absolutely rich and creamy this turns out. The tahini mellows out the cacao so nicely and it’s the perfect amount of maple syrup. I just love cardamom and was excited this recipe called for it, just perfect! Poured the extra into some popsicle molds and super excited to taste those! That was my granddaughters idea 🥰

  3. 5 stars
    This was a delicious and unique drink! My husband (who is a staunch food critic, while also being a “burger and fries” kind of person) LOVED this. He called it “magical potion “! We had some left over and warmed back up with one part coffee the next day. YUM! Thank you for this!

  4. I love this. I had to reduce the cacao amount as it is a little too activating for me. I made four small servings and my 10 year old daughter enjoyed this too! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. So yummy! Just made it with macadamia nut milk. I’ve been eating WFPB and wanted a sweet treat that wouldn’t completely throw me off track. This was perfect!

  6. I didn’t realize there were so many differences! I definitely need to switch. And this drink looks amazing. 😀