alanna brown nutritionist


My name is Alanna. I am a Nutritionist, Recipe Developer and Food Stylist based in Melbourne.

On my blog I like to share healthy recipes and nutrition tips. 

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Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spring in Melbourne means leaving for work on a sunny and wonderfully clear morning and running home later in the evening, soaked head-to-toe because you were tricked into thinking for a moment that you didn't need your umbrella!  This happened to me yesterday and I was not in a good mood at all! I had a shower and put on my most comfortable clothes and fuzzy socks but needed something else - that is when I remembered I was working on this spiced hot chocolate recipe! 

Infused with spices to help warm you up from the inside out, promote circulation and the antioxidant benefits of pure cacao, this hot drink will make you feel fabulous from the inside out. These spices are used a lot in Sri Lankan cooking and so I find them so comforting (my mum is from Sri Lanka). Spices are great to use in your foods and drinks as they tend to add a little extra flavour and sensation so that you need less added sugar! 

Spiced Hot Chocolate


What you will need: 

  • Milk pan/Saucepan
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Whisk
  • Measuring spoons and cup
  • Strainer

Serves 1

  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 clove
  • 3 peppercorns
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (coconut milk is amazing in this!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or a cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, freshly ground
  • 2 teaspoons The Grove Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil


  1. Put the cardamom pods, clove and peppercorns into the mortar and pestle and grind.
  2. Pour the milk into your milk pan, add the ground spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cacao and coconut oil.
  3. Set to medium heat and whisk the ingredients until they have combined and melted through.
  4. When the milk just starts to boil, lower the heat and cover for a few minutes.
  5. Pour into a mug through the strainer. Sprinkle on some extra ground cinnamon and enjoy!

Add a little honey if you like your hot chocolate sweet!



Lana xx



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