GOLDEN MILK HOT CHOCOLATE WITH GINGER (a low-sugar, plant-based treat for one)

As I await the arrival of Baby Marzipan (I am currently 38 weeks pregnant… goodness me!), my inner voice urges me to embrace all that is restorative, fortifying and nurturing. Whether that takes the form of wholesome food, a long shower, the use of calming essential oils (lavender is always a favourite) or a prenatal yoga session, it will undoubtably make me feel far more comfortable and comforted than I would be without it.

So, when I first saw a version of golden milk cocoa shared on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, I just knew it would bring me joy. I had a look at a couple of recipe versions and they were all heavily sweetened or contained ingredients that I didn’t have access to. And so, in the face of a short-lived gestational diabetes scare (it was a false alarm, but still…), I created this easy, low-sweetener version for one.

And I promise it is worthy of the ol’ “hug in a mug” tag/cliché.

Big ❤ from a big-bellied MM! xx



Prep time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1


250 ml unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp organic cacao
1 heaped tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp organic rice malt syrup (alt. honey) or to taste
1 tsp organic coconut oil (I used Fitnessguru)


  1. In a small saucepan, warm almond milk gently over low heat.
  2. Sift in the cacao, turmeric and ginger and whisk. Add rice malt syrup and whisk until combined.
  3. Drop in the coconut oil, stir and remove pan from heat.
  4. Pour and serve immediately.


*Recipe inspired by fabulous Local Milk

6 thoughts on “GOLDEN MILK HOT CHOCOLATE WITH GINGER (a low-sugar, plant-based treat for one)

  1. I just discovered your blog and I’m in love. Your photos are lovely and I was so intrigued by your IQS posts! 🙂

  2. Oh Marisa – I just came across this post while trawling through your recipes and I’m feeling completely horrified that I’ve just recently posted a very similar recipe also using turmeric, ginger and cacao – which I had *thought* was ‘my’ idea when I made it last week. And I just went back to your Instagram feed and noticed I did indeed like your photo when you initially posted it, and now I’m wondering whether it had been somehow gestating in my subconscious these last few months (I truly don’t know, now)! I’m mortified. I promise I didn’t (knowingly!?) copy your idea! 😦

    • Don’t sweat it, lovely! I know you are not that type of person. And I bet your version is delicious! When I made this one I had been inspired by seeing a quick flash of someone’s recreation of someone else’s recipe on Instagram. I really, really wanted to credit that person (not for the recipe but the inspo to create this one)… but I couldn’t for the life of me find out who it was! Visited all the likely galleries and even asked on the post so I could update it… but no one claimed to have posted anything. 🙂 xxx

      • That is very generous of you Marisa, thanks for understanding. I’ve included a link within my post to your recipe.
        I guess it is inevitable that these things will happen within our ‘community’, since we all spend so much time hanging around the same ingredients! 😀

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