It’s the world’s healthiest chocolate and served with pumpkin. You can’t go wrong.

By Amanda Rose | Chocolate

Apr 04

Pumpkin Spice Cacao at Follow Me on Pinterest On our first snow as we shivered getting used to the suddenly-freezing temperatures, this warm drink was fun to make and a huge hit with all ages. I used fresh pumpkin puree. You could use puree of any winter squash. Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin puree. Substitute a strong cocoa drink for the cacao if you don’t have it. The recipe is extremely forgiving. We used dairy milk but coconut milk would be divine.

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For the cacao, I used ground nibs as I describe in our cacao drink recipe. We use this brand of cacao from our affiliate partner. I recommend two tablespoons in a 1/2 cup of water for the recipe here — a strong mixture. Cacao does have caffeine. This drink does not have a huge amount of caffeine given all of the milk but it may not be the best night time drink for caffeine-sensitive children.

This recipe makes about 3 1/2 measured cups of the beverage.

Pumpkin Spice Cacao Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk (dairy or coconut)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 3 parts cinnamon to 1 part each nutmeg and ginger)
  • 1/2 cup strong cacao
  • Whipped cream and spices for serving.

Pumpkin Spice Cacao Steps

  1. Combine all ingredients except the whipped cream and extra spices in a sauce pan.
  2. Warm to drink temperature — close to boiling if you want a very hot drink.
  3. Move ingredients to a blender and blend for about two minutes to make a fluffier mixture. (If your kitchen is as cold as ours, consider warming your blender in advance.)
  4. Pour into individual cups, add a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of the spice blend.

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That sounds so satisfying, and it looks great! Really nice pictures 🙂 I am stopping by from My Sweet and Savory’s Meatless Monday link-up. I’m also having an MM link-up if you’d like to share this there as well: Open til Friday! Have a nice holiday 🙂

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Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂


Hi! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasteful Tuesday at Nap-Time Creations. Just stopping by to let you know you are being featured at this weeks party! Stop by and check it out, link goes live 8:30 central time.


I have been canning, freezing and dehydrating this year. This recipe looks yummy for winter. I will try it then.


Hi – a little confused….to be clear do I use 1/2 cup cocoa if substituting or cocoa drink? Thanks!!!!