It’s about time I share my stress-reducing and energy-boosting warm cacao latte recipe with the world. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while! I love to mix it up and use different adaptogens depending on my body, my mood and energy levels for that day and even the time of year. But lately I’ve been sticking to this exact recipe, and I always feel calmly energized after drinking it around 4:00 pm.
Note that there is no caffeine in this recipe, other than what’s in the cacao powder and that’s roughly around 18 grams of caffeine. I try to avoid too much caffeine in the afternoon because I can tell it affects my sleep quality. Cacao powder contains a compound called tryptophan that helps to boost mood and energy, and another one called anandamide that stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers.
I also like to add rhodiola rosea and camu camu to this warm cacao latte, for both function and flavor. Rhodiola is one of my favorite adaptogenic herbs, which means it may help your body adapt to stress when consumed. The flavor is very strong, but it works well combined with cacao. Camu camu is a fruit from Brazil that contains more vitamin C than any other food on the planet, and vitamin C of course may have benefits for your immune system.
Warm Cacao Latte With Adaptogens
[Makes 1 latte]
1 cup nut milk of choice
1/2 Tablespoon coconut butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons cacao powder
200 – 400 mg rhodiola rosea
1/2 teaspoon camu camu powder
Cinnamon to taste
Stevia or honey to sweeten
Optional: cacao nibs for topping
Warm the nut milk in a small saucepan. Don’t bring it to boil, just until warm. Pour the nut milk into a high-speed blender.
Add the coconut butter, cacao powder, rhodiola (if it’s in capsule form, open the capsule and pour the powder into the blender), camu camu powder and cinnamon to the blender and blend the mixture on high until it’s frothy and creamy, about a minute or two.
Sweeten with stevia or honey as desired, and sprinkle a few cacao nibs over the top for crunch.
Sometimes I make this latte into a breakfast replacement by adding a scoop of collagen (I like this one) and a little bit more coconut butter.