Zain’s Mayan Hot Chocolate

By: Gaia Staff  |  December 19, 2013

Therapeutic, nurturing and ancient, the Mayans definitely knew what was up with this sacred blend.

This warm and delicious drink is the perfect way to wind down or nourish yourself after a deep yoga practice. This is definitely a treat for those days when you feel like you need a little extra lovin.

As I always say, there’s nothing that a cup of my superfood Mayan Hot Chocolate cannot heal.

Makes 1 Serving


  • 2 Tbsp Raw Organic Coconut Butter
  • 500ml Nut Milk Of Your Choice (I used homemade cashew milk for this recipe)
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Organic [Cacao] (/video/chocolate-farmer)
  • Pinch Chili Powder OR Cayenne Pepper
  • Pinch Ginger Powder
  • Pinch Cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ Tsp Maca Root Powder
  • 1 Tsp Sweetener of Your Choice (I used 8-10 drops Vanilla Cream Liquid Stevia)

Optional Add-Ins/Toppings:

Boost this recipe with superfoods of your choice! I like my 14-mushroom blend (which is a combination of Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps and other superfood mushrooms) as well as my Love Power Tonic (which is an elixir made of Maca, Muia Puama, Tribulus & Cinnamon), ¼ Vanilla Bean, 2 Tbsp Coconut Whipped Cream or Vegan Marshmallows!


  1. Lightly heat the nut/seed milk of your choice on medium heat (to keep the nutrients in the milk do not heat above 118F).
  2. Whisk all other ingredients into the pot and serve warm!


Zain Saraswati Jamal

Zain Saraswati Jamal uses her personal experience and knowledge to guide her students to a balanced, healthy place within their minds, bodies and spirits.
Jamal is an Ayurvedic, Holistic & Sports Nutritionist, Internationally Certified Kundalini, Sivananda and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and Personal Coach.
In her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, Jamal works with those struggling to overcome weight issues and/or self-esteem issues, eating disorders, serious illness and who are looking to gain a greater level of overall health.
Raised in an Indian home, Zain Saraswati Jamal received the first teachings of yoga and Ayurveda at the age of five through scripture and a home asana practice. She felt naturally connected to the mystical and metaphysical philosophies, experiencing an innate familiarity, as though the teachings were already a part of her being waiting to be revealed through practice and life experience. Since then, Jamal has learned from esteemed gurus such as Pattahbi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Gurmukh, David Life, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Geshe Michael Roach, Eddie Modestini and other masters, which have helped her to refine her own practice and teaching.
Deciding to pursue her exploration of yoga and meditation, Zain Saraswati Jamal was classically trained in Mysore, India at the Shri K Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Institute (KPJAI) in 1996. She then studied over ten years of traditional Ashtanga practice and teaching before exploring other styles. In 2006, Jamal was drawn to another classical lineage Sivananda. She completed her E-RYT 500-hour at the Sivananda Ashram in Paradise Island, Bahamas as well as three years of deep philosophical study of the Yoga Sutras, Vedas and other scriptures from both the Buddhist and Vedic perspectives.
During this time, Zain Saraswati Jamal discovered the practice of Kundalini yoga in a Sikh Gurudwara and became fascinated by the liberation of movement and the immediate effect that the technology of kriya offered. She went on to study with the 3HO Certified Karam Kriya School in London, England and her own personal practice is a reflection of these classical styles.
In addition, Jamal leads Kundalini Fire Full Moon Ceremonies in Vancouver on sacred land, where women come together to release that which no longer serves and unite in support of one another?s growth and healing as well as other yoga workshops and classes all over the world.


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