Cacao Maca Latte (Paleo, Vegan)

Cacao Maca Latte is a wonderful, wholesome alternative to coffee. It’s a delicious, healthy hot chocolate made with SUPER FOOD ingredients. Easy to make and naturally sweetened. The cacao and maca give you a natural energy lift and keep you balanced.

cacao latte overview

There are only 5 ingredients in this recipe. The 2 most important ones are cacao and maca.

Health Benefits of Maca

Maca is a beneficial superfood from Peru. It was used in ancient times by warriors  to boost stamina and strength before going into battle. Today it is used as a tonic to enhance vitality, energy and stamina. It is especially good when you’re feeling tired or for those suffering from adrenal fatigue .

Maca is an herbal adaptogen that allows your body to adapt to stress by changing the balance of your hormones. If you’re under a lot of stress consider adding maca to your diet.

Maca is also good for

  • Enhancing libido
  • Improving sleep
  • Reducing menstrual or menopause discomfort
  • Relieving anxiety
  • Improving metal focus, memory and clarity

I like gelatinized maca. This is a process of removing the fiber and starches that make it hard to digest for some people. This means the bioavailability of the active ingredients of the root are maximized and your body absorbs them better. Gelatinized maca contains over 4 times the zinc, iron, and calcium content of raw maca powder!

Maca has a malty, nutty, and rich flavor that goes really well with cacao.

cacao latte side viewHealth Benefits of Cacao

Improves Your Mood – Cacao stimulates the brain to release neurotransmitters, which  trigger emotions like joy, peace and love.

Good for Your Heart – Cacao protects your heart by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (aka the “bad” cholesterol).

High In Magnesium  – Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.

Packed with Antioxidants – Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Antioxidants help prevent cell damage.

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This paleo hot chocolate latte can be made with any type of nut milk.  I like it with cashew or almond milk.  But if you’re nut free, coconut milk is also good. 

I use maple syrup as a sweetener. You can replace it with honey or your favorite natural sweetener.

Adapt the recipe to your own taste by adding more or less cacao and sweetener. 

For additional protein add a scoop of collagen or gelatin.  

cacao latte alone

How To Make Cacao Maca Latte 

You’ll love that it’s super easy to make. 

Heat the nut milk and water, pour into a blender, add the cacao, maca and maple syrup.  Blend and serve!

Top with grated chocolate or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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This healthy hot chocolate will energize you naturally.  It also helps reduce stress by balancing hormones and stimulating the brain to release neurotransmitters that make you feel really good.

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Cacao Maca Latte (Paleo Dairy Free)

  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Cacao Maca Latte is a healthy hot chocolate made with SUPER FOOD ingredients. It’s  paleo, dairy free, naturally sweetened and easy to make.





  1. Heat water and nut milk in a small saucepan until very hot but not boiling.
  2. Pour into a blender.
  3. Add cacao powder, maca, sweetener and collagen if using.
  4. Blend until frothy.
  5. Pour into a cup and sprinkle with chocolate shavings or cinnamon.
  6. Enjoy!


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: cacao latte, healthy hot chocolate, paleo hot chocolate





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