It seems like adaptogen potions are everywhere I look these days. I'm not sure where it started but I do know that when Gwyneth Paltrow gets on board with something, it's going to take off in the wellness space.
I've been playing around with making my own magical drinks for a few years now and have learned a lot along the way (e.g. do not, I repeat, DO NOT put rice protein in your coffee). I love turning my morning pick-me-up into a superfood-filled, body-nourishing tonic but it wasn't until earlier this week that I finally made a breakthrough that has finally brought my lattes to the next level.
The biggest issue I've had has been with the texture. As you can imagine, when you add spoonfuls of non-dissolvable powder to coffee you get a thick, gritty mess at the bottom of the cup. Not ideal. Honestly, I've been willing to live with that particular problem if it means I get to consume my superfood herbs, mushrooms, and caffeine all in one place.
But it turns out, I can actually have the best of both worlds: a creamy, delicious morning latte with no grit AND the incredible health benefits of adaptogens. How? Two simple rules.
1) Include 1 tsp cashew butter: The small amount of cashew butter adds body to your coffee and emulsifies your powders. That means, it helps keep all those little particles of goodness suspended throughout the cup instead of falling straight to the bottom. I have used other fats in these lattes before - almond butter, coconut oil, coconut butter, regular butter - but none seems to work as well as cashew butter. And just about 1 tsp is all it takes.
2) Use fewer add-ins: Sorry, this is the not-so-fun truth. I used to put several tablespoons' worth of extra ingredients to my coffee concoctions. Cocoa powder, Moon Juice protein, ashwaghanda, maca, mushroom powder, the list goes on. It was simply too much for my poor little cuppa joe to handle! So, I've cut out most of large-volume ingredients, namely the cocoa and the protein. Cocoa powder apparently has an issue with cadmium contamination anyway so, while I'm not actively avoiding it, I'm not sure I should be consuming large quantities every day. And as for protein, I'm sticking to collagen powder (which is the best at dissolving) or none at all. The rest of the adaptogens, herbs, and mushrooms are very powerful and don't need to be used in large amounts, especially if you consume them regularly. 1/4-1/2 tsp will do!
Ok, so are you ready for the best adaptogenic latte you've ever tried? So far, I've only tried this with a coffee base but you can bet I'll be experimenting with other, non-caffeinated options in the coming months!
Creamy Adaptogenic Coffee Latte
- 12 oz freshly brewed coffee
- 1 medjool date, pitted
- 1 tsp raw cashew butter
- 1 Tbsp collagen protein (optional, omit for vegan or vegetarian)
- 1/2 tsp ashwagandha powder
- 1/2 tsp cordyceps mushroom
- 1/4 tsp he shou wou
Put everything in the blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.