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Cocoa powder and ZUGA™ Natural Sweetener are accented with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and even pepper to give this rich hot chocolate an authentic Indian flavor.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) Zuga Natural All-Purpose ZUGA™ Natural Sweetener
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground ginger
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each ground nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom
  • Pinch salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups (1 L) almond milk or water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut whipped cream (optional)
  • 1 oz (30 g) dark chocolate, shaved (optional)


  1. Whisk together cocoa powder, ZUGA™ Natural Sweetener, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, salt, and pepper. (Can be covered tightly and stored at room temperature for up to 1 month.)
  2. To serve, warm almond milk until steaming or bring water to boil; whisk in the cocoa mixture until well combined and smooth. Pour into four cups. Serve immediately.
  3. Garnish with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and sprinkle of shaved chocolate (if using). Serve immediately.
  4. TIP: Use vanilla almond milk or add 1/4 tsp (1 mL) vanilla extract just before serving.


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