Iced Cacao – by Naturopath Annabel


Cacao is bitter and chocolatey, making it a nice alternative to coffee in the morning. It is also a brilliant afternoon beverage for an energy boost.

Raw cacao is not heat-treated, like cocoa, therefore cacao retains more nutrients. It contains theobromine, a similar compound to coffee, making it antioxidant rich and energising.

I like to make a cacao tonic with cacao, cinnamon, ginger, maca, medicinal mushrooms (reishi, chaga, lions mane, tremella: to name a few) and then you can add a teaspoon of sweetness if you like- I prefer to use a heaped spoon of raw carob powder for its natural sweet flavour, but other options to sweeten include raw organic honey or pure maple syrup).

Ingredient Guide

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (start with less if you’d like a less strong taste)

1-2 teaspoons of medicinal mushrooms of choice (Ganoderma lucidum– reishi- is brilliant for immune function due to its beta glucan compounds or I absolutely love JING blend by Superfeast)

Heaped spoon of raw carob powder

1 teaspoon maca root powder

Any other spices desired

250ml your choice of milk (almond, cashew, oat, coconut, macadamia…or cow’s!)

If needed, 1 teaspoon of sweetener like honey or pure maple syrup


Step 1.  Measure out all ingredients into your blender

Step 2.  Add ice cubes, milk & blend ! 

Alternatively, if you don’t own a blender…

Step 1. Measure out all dry ingredients into your favourite mug

Step 2. Pour a small amount of hot water into mug and stir the cacao/mushroom powders until they form a paste

Step 3. Add your cold milk of choice and a couple of ice cubes

Enjoy !

Annabel is a naturopath at The Herbal Dispensary with her own established online practice