Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate

with Walnut Milk

A great little pick-me-up drink, a genuinely warming, nourishing food as medicine treat; hormone balancing when made with walnut milk.


Cacao is one of the richest plant-based sources of iron & antioxidants. Cacao has anti-inflammatory, brain, nervous systems and heart-healthy nutrients making cacao a delicious food as a medicinal drink. Cacao is bitter; bitter flavours are great for stimulating our digestive enzymes and boosting our metabolism.


I drink pure unprocessed cacao powder every day – warm in winter and cold in summer.  I find drinking raw cacao or unprocessed cocoa powder deeply nourishing, grounding and satisfying.

  • Prep 2mins
  • Cook Time
  • Difficulty Low
  • Serving1 mug
  • Herbal Medicinal

    Herbal Medicinal Recipes have healing food ingredients with medicinal properties.  Culinary & medical plants have properties that benefit our health.

  • Anti Oxidants

    Anti-oxidant are phytonutrients that can help slow & prevent cellular damage from free radicals that can cause disease. Many plants contain anti-oxidants.

  • Anti Inflammatory

    Recipes have ingredients with anti-inflammatory nutrients and avoid common inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, dairy and processed food. A whole food diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve symptoms of inflammation within the body. Inflammation is at the root of most disease = dis-ease.

  • Hormone Balancing

    Eating foods rich in certain vitamins minerals & phytonutrients can help balance our bodies hormones and endocrine system which affect our adrenal, thyroid, reproductive health.

    Hormonal imbalances may cause a wide variety of different symptoms from fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, food cravings, skin + hair + nail health, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, dryness, infertility, 

    Foods that can help with balancing hormones;

    Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables - high in antioxidants
    Nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts,
    Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, 
    Whole Grains
    Wild-caught Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon
    Coconut Oil - Medium Triglyercide
    Seaweeds & Nettles, Parsley, Dandelions
    Medicinal Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Maca, Triphala, Licorice, Adaptogens

    Omega 3's, Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin B's & D, Digestive enzymes, bitters, 

    Probiotic and prebiotic foods
    Anti-inflammatory Foods
    Clean water
    Organic & low toxic foods, body & household products

  • Iron

    Iron is a mineral essential for building red blood cells, carrying oxygen to lungs & tissues, cellular energy metabolism, healthy brain & immune functions.

    Foods high in Iron;
    Spinach, kale, parsley, nettles, seaweed, algae, leafy greens, potato skin
    Red meat, poultry, liver, fish, shellfish - sardines, 
    Eggs, Mushrooms, 
    Tofu, Black Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Beans
    Quinoa, Teff, Oats, Buckwheat, Rice, Millet, Barley, Wheat
    Seeds pumpkin & squash, pistachios, hemp, flax, almonds, cashews, cacao, dark chocolate,
    Dried fruits apricots, raisins, molasses


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  • 2 -3 tsp cacao | cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice | cake spice
  • 1 ½ cups hot water | walnut milk*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ - 1 tsp maple syrup - optional


Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate


BOIL the kettle OR heat the walnut milk or milk of your choice.


ADD Pumpkin Spice + all the other ingredients to your mug. 


POUR hot water | Walnut Milk or both.  SWEETEN to your taste.


STIR, SIP & enjoy your hug-in-a-hug food as medicine treat!

Tips + Suggestions

USE whatever milk you like – fresh Walnut Milk is lovely, nutrient-dense, and so easy to make!


CACAO | Cocoa Powder – unprocessed, no sugar or anything else added. 


SWEETEN with maple syrup, date sugar or sweetener of your choice.


MAKE it iced like you would a smoothie.


FAIR TRADE, please buy fair trade cacao and chocolate to support the people that grow our food.