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Spicy Hot Chocolate with Creamy Hemp Milk

Oct 22, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy

I fondly remember the first time I ever had spicy hot chocolate -- it was several years ago in the Distillery District (Toronto) and I got it from Soma Chocolatier. Ever since then I fell in love with the combo of cayenne and chocolate. Now that it's getting chilly in Toronto all I want are warm drinks. And since baby Vienna came into our world, I admittedly haven't had time to cook and bake as much. So I'm happy to report that this hot chocolate was so easy to make, I had no excuse! If you've never made hemp milk before then you're in for a real treat because of all the milks I've made this one is definitely the creamiest! So it's definitely worth it to make it yourself for this spicy hot chocolate. You'll also see in my video just how easy it is to make.

Nutritional Highlights

Hemp products are rich in protein, fiber and omega 3 and 6.

Cayenne boosts your metabolism by creating heat in the body which increases thermogenesis.

Cinnamon adds a blood sugar balancing effect while adding more flavour.

Here's the recipe video and the recipe is below.

  • 1 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • 4 cups filtered water
  1. Combine Hemp Hearts and water in a blender. Blend on high for 60 seconds.
  2. Filter out solid bits by pouring mixture through a wire mesh strainer or nutbag.


Makes 4 cups

  • 4 cups hemp milk
  • ΒΌ-1/3 cup raw cacao powder (depending how chocolate-y you like it)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne
  1. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until fully combined.
  2. Transfer to a pot. Slowly heat hemp milk on the stovetop using a low temperature.
  3. Enjoy right away!


Serves 4-6


Oct 22, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
Gillian   •   October 26, 2015

Can I use hemp powder instead of seeds to make the milk? Thanks!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   October 28, 2015

Hi Gillian, Ground hemp seeds will contain more fiber than just using hemp hearts, so you may need to adjust the hemp/water ratio, but you're welcome to try it out. Kate - Joyous Health Team

Christal   •   October 26, 2015

Yum! What a great idea Joy, I'm here in the prairies of Canada and I am definitely going to try that because YES it's starting to get chilly here! Also, I loved watching how you made hemp milk - so simple! - Christal, Nutritionist in the Kitch


Saskia   •   October 27, 2015

Just made this and all I can say is yum! Spicy, aromatic, and creamy. I also melted a couple squares of organic fair trade chocolate in the pot :)


natassia   •   October 28, 2015

Hey! I have just made this hot chocolate, and this recipe will become a fridge staple. I've got a question, though: when I made the hemp milk (and strained it), the drink has been tasting rather bitter and, well, plant-y. I've experienced this when I've made hemp milk from scratch. I added some more maple syrup and a little almond butter when heating it in the pot, which seems to help some with that plant-y taste. Have you ever experienced any slight bitterness? Thanks! Natassia

Kate McDonald Walker   •   October 29, 2015

Hi Natassia, Were you using whole hemp seeds, or just the hemp hearts? Kate - Joyous Health Team

Vickie   •   October 29, 2015

Oooh....I love Soma! Best chocolate I have ever tasted!


Andrea   •   November 5, 2015

How long can you store hemp milk for, if I were to just make a single serving of the hot chocolate? (I wish I wasn't almost out of hemp seed - I want to try this right now!)

Joy McCarthy   •   November 6, 2015

4-5 days in the fridge. It's so yummy! You'll love it :)

Glori   •   November 14, 2017

Coul I put this recipe in a milk brother?

Rachel Molenda   •   November 15, 2017

Hey Glori, Yes I'm sure that would be delicious! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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