Whether it’s January or May, if you’re a chocolate lover it’s never the wrong time to whip of a batch of this delicious paleo and GAPS-friendly frozen Mexican hot chocolate!

To hot chocolate, or not?

I could spend all fall, winter, and spring drinking hot chocolate. It just *might* be my favorite thing to drink! And though when I lived in Russia, or Montana, I could drink hot chocolate pretty much year ’round, now that I’m down in the south, there comes a time of year when hot drinks just don’t work.

What’s a hot chocolate lover to do?

You guessed it, make that hot chocolate frozen! Now I can enjoy my hot chocolate any time of year, and not have to break a sweat. Well, at least not from drinking something hot…

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Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Though regular ol’ hot chocolate is my go-to, every now and again I feel the urge to spice things up. Some of my favorite ways to add subtle spice to things are cinnamon and/or a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper. In the case of hot chocolate (frozen or not) these two spices are just perfect!

Now, I’ve never actually been to Mexico (my husband has, but he didn’t drink any hot chocolate while there), but I can guess that Mexicans would make their frozen hot chocolate this way – if they make frozen hot chocolate in Mexico…

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Real food ingredients.

Now my recipe here for frozen Mexican hot chocolate is pretty simple. Just a few normal hot chocolate ingredients, with the additions of the cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Milk. Also I seem to be handling raw milk just fine, it is unfortunately pretty expensive. Ergo, I usually use my homemade coconut milk for most of my drinks that call for milk. If you don’t want to make your own coconut milk you can always just buy it from the store. Just make sure you get a brand that has as few ingredients as possible. Thai Kitchen is a good brand for that, and Azure Standard’s coconut milk is good, too.

Cocoa. As I probably mention in basically every recipe (’cause they’re mostly all chocolate something or other) I pretty much only use Azure Standard’s cocoa powder. It’s simply the best organic, fair-trade, cocoa I’ve ever used, and it’s way cheaper than anything from the grocery store!

If you needed a reason besides delicious to make this frozen Mexican hot chocolate, did you know that cocoa is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet? Seriously! It is packed with vitamin B12, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin E, and is full of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, and calcium. No need to be ashamed of drinking this frozen Mexican hot chocolate!

Sweetener. While you could use maple syrup or coconut sugar to sweeten this, I like to sweeten my drinks with honey. Azure Standard’s honey is beautifully delicious, and that’s what I usually use! You can use whatever kind you like, though. I haven’t tried stevia in this drink, but if you’re used to using that, I’m sure it will be fine.

Spices. The “Mexican” part of this drink comes from the addition of the spices – cinnamon and cayenne. Don’t think I’m weird (well, you can if you want, I probably am), it’s healing bloodreally delicious! Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and is wonderful for healing inflammation. It also helps lower your blood sugar. And don’t even get me started on the benefits of cayenne! It really is one amazing little pepper packed with cancer-fighting properties, great for migraines, detoxing, clots and ulcers, and so much more!

Optional add-ins. There are all sorts of ways you can boost the nutrition in this frozen Mexican hot chocoalte! If you can handle eggs, adding a fresh, organic egg yolk to the mix will definitely add a good dose of calcium, B6, folate, B12, A, D, E, and K. If you can’t do eggs, but still want some added nutrition, grass-fed kosher gelatin is a wonderful way to get some protein in! I love using Perfect Supplements grass-fed gelatin in this recipe, it’s 100% gluten-free and non-GMO! Feel free to leave both those out, though, if you want. It will still taste delicious and you’ll still have the nutrients provided by the coconut milk and oil, honey, cinnamon, and cayenne.

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Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate

Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.



Place everything in the blender (I use a Blendtec) with the ice on top and blend away.

Serve with a drizzle of melted chocolate, or a dollop of my homemade coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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