Yes – you heard us right. This creamy beverage is made from a combination of nut milks and raw cacao and retains its ‘raw’ state by being gently warmed via the friction of a high-speed blender. The recipe is from Sigourney’s personal trainer, the raw food guru, Ricardo Riskalla. Sigourney tells us about this skin-loving, beauty-giving hot chocolate…

Image credit: Instagram @josephineskriver

“I first met Ricardo when I interviewed him for a Vogue story and I’ve been training with him ever since. By adopting some of his suggestions – like minimizing dairy, sugar, and processed foods, and incorporating as much raw food as possible into my diet, I feel better than I ever have. This “hot” chocolate is not exactly steaming as it’s gently warmed in the blender, but it’s such a delicious option for chilly nights when you crave something sweet and indulgent post-dinner. I love that it’s dairy- and sugar-free and you don’t have to heat anything in the microwave or on the stovetop. It’s also jam-packed with antioxidants to protect your cells from ageing and skin-loving vitamins and minerals.

‘Raw cacao is one of the strongest antioxidants around – it’s stronger than acai,  macqui, blueberries, and most superfoods!’ says Ricardo. ‘It’s the mother of all beauty foods – it’s high in iron (great for hair growth) and magnesium which helps put your body into an alkaline state. It also contains nuts that are also rich in magnesium and contain vitamin E which is great for the skin,’ he says, adding that he gets the models he trains to have three tablespoons of raw cacao a day when he’s getting them primed for fashion week.

Happy blending!”


Ricardo recommends using organic ingredients where possible. You can find them at organic stores such as Honest to Goodness.

  • ¼ cup of hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup of brazil nuts
  • ¼ cup of almonds
  • ¼ cup of macadamias
  • 1 tablespoon of raw mesquite powder
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of raw vanilla powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon of raw coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 2 cups of raw coconut water.


1. Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix, for 2 minutes.

2. Serve it straight away. Makes three servings.

Hot tips:

If you don’t have a high speed blender to really pulverise the nuts properly, instead you can use any nut milk and raw cacao powder, or 2tbsp of nut butter with some water.

If you keep this recipe in the fridge it makes an amazing chocolate sauce.

This recipe is taken from Ricardo’s book The Rawfit Diet. Holding shot from Instagram @linaose

Comment (6)

  1. July 1, 2014

    Thanks for this Sigourney, I will definitely give it a go! Sounds perfect for winter

  2. July 2, 2014

    I have replaced my traditional hot choc fix for this! The dairy free option is just what I’ve needed!

  3. July 2, 2014
    lynne cantelo

    Yum. This drink is better than chocolate. I’ll never drink the normal stuff again.

  4. July 2, 2014

    Oh wow! That looks full on but very healthy!!

  5. July 2, 2014

    The Viatmix is the Rolls Royce of blenders. highly recommend! Some good advice here.

  6. May 25, 2016

    Love my Vitamix!