Chai Hot Chocolate – Cancer Fighting Recipe

Chai Hot Chocolate - Cancer Fighting Recipe

Chocolate may seem decadent but in moderation, it can be part of a healthy cancer-protective diet. This recipe combines cinnamon, ginger and cloves with rich cocoa for the perfect warm, spiced drink for a cold day. Plus, lab studies have shown that compounds in tea and chocolate may have health protective effects, like reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure.


  • 4 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1 (4-inch) piece cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. anise seed
  • 2 – 4 (1/4-inch) slices fresh ginger, peeled*
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 2 – 4 Tbsp. tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or soymilk
  • 3 Tbsp. agave syrup or honey, or to taste


  1. Place cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, anise seed, and ginger in medium saucepan, add 2 cups water, and place over medium-high heat.
  2. When water simmers, cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags, cover and steep for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags, cover, and steep brewed tea with spices for 20 minutes. Strain to remove spices, and return spiced tea to saucepan.
  4. In small bowl, whisk cocoa with 1/4 cup of hot tea until dissolved, then add to tea.
  5. Mix in vanilla and almond or soymilk. Heat chai over medium-high heat until steaming. Sweeten to taste then pour into mugs, or divide chai among 4 mugs and sweeten it to taste individually.

Makes 4 servings (about 1 cup per serving). Per serving: 110 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 20 g carbohydrates, 4 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 50 mg sodium, 11 g sugar, 11 g added sugar.