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Traditional Mayan Warming Cacao

Ceremonial cacao is extremely powerful on its own, in fact the scientific genus of cacao is called Theobroma, literally translating to “food of gods”. However, in traditional Mayan culture, cacao was often paired with warming spices and commonly with chilli, which all create more fire energy within us, perfect for a heart expanding cacao ceremony.

Recipe by nutritionist Liv Kaplan



20–60g Cell Squared Ceremonial Cacao (refer to Ceremonial Cacao for dosage explanations)

250ml filtered water

¼ tsp ground cinnamon 

¼ tsp ground ginger 

⅛ tsp ground cardamom

⅛ tsp chilli powder 

Optional sweetener (1 tsp raw honey, maple syrup or liquid stevia to taste)



  1. Slowly heat the water on the stove top, ensuring the water does not reach 60 degrees (over heating the water will reduce the potency of the cacao)

  2. Add the Ceremonial Cacao to the water and slowly stir it to combine

  3. Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds or until frothy and combined.

  4. You may wish to garnish the elixir with sprinkles of Ceremonial Cacao, Cacao Nibs or Cacao Powder

    Learn how to create your own cacao ceremony.


    *On dosage, due to the stimulating and rich nature ofcacao, we recommend starting with 20g ofcacao per person and working up from there (60g is a full ceremonial dose).

    **On sweeteners,cacao is naturally bitter and rich so it’s best to keep the properties of these recipes as natural as possible, that is not adding too much sweetener to override the flavours of thecacao. If you aren’t used to the strong bitterness ofcacao, a little natural sweetener can take the edge off, but otherwisecacao can be consumed without any sweetener too.

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