First, ashwagandha appeared our radar— and now people are drinking so many adaptogens we can hardly keep track. But wait… what are adaptogens again? It can get a little complicated, but what you should know is that they’re medicinal plants believed to help the body respond more effectively to both physical and biological stressors.
Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, there’s no denying that adaptogens are rising in popularity (look out for a reishi maca latte coming to a coffee shop near you). Considering how easily they blend into the likes of smoothies, lattes, tonics, and more, it’s not too difficult to try them at home (after you buy the herbs in question at a health food store or Amazon, of course).
A bit too weirded out by names like “magical moon” this and “golden dandelion” that? We get it. You can always ditch the adaptogen add-ins for some damn delicious drinks we’d make anyway.
1. Magical Adaptogenic Matcha Latte
This latte sadly doesn’t give you magical superpowers, but it can make you feel super wonderful. With three adaptogens—astragalus, ashwagandha, and maca—it has the potential for immune-boosting magic. But that’s hardly the best part. The matcha powder and coconut cream steal the show, making it deliciously creamy and just the right amount of sweet.
2. Superfood Chocolate Nut Milk
Who knew homemade nut milk was so easy? Not to mention, it’s crazy delicious. Start by soaking cashews overnight, then add all of the ingredients to the blender and strain through a cheesecloth. Yup, that’s it! This nut milk is boosted with the likes of maca and reishi and spiced with dashes of cinnamon and ginger. For extra sweetness, add maple syrup.
3. Adaptogenic Cold Brew Coffee Banana Smoothie
Coffee smoothies are brilliant. Really, we’ll give a big “heck yes” to any morning meals that give you a boost. This smoothie takes things next-level with reishi and maca and gets extra creamy with the help of frozen banana and cashew butter. To up its wow factor, freeze cold brew into ice cubes and top the blended goodness with cinnamon.
4. Golden Dandelion Latte
Making turmeric lattes at home doesn’t have to be a hassle—especially if you have turmeric paste on hand (which this recipe teaches you how to make). Simply brew a tea of your choice—dandelion is used, but chamomile is also great—and while it’s steeping, blend the warm almond milk, coconut oil, turmeric paste, and ashwagandha. Once frothy, pour the almond milk mixture over the tea and sprinkle some spice on top.
5. Peppermint Adaptogen Hot Chocolate
We’re huge fans of healthy(ish) hot chocolate. This recipe keeps things classic with skim milk and hot chocolate mix but also tastes great with mushroom hot cacao mix and vanilla almond milk. Its minty freshness comes from peppermint extract and fresh mint garnish, and its adaptogenic goodness comes from ashwagandha or maca (we say add both).
6. Anti-Anxiety Shake
And we thought adding veggies to smoothies was a good trick… Turns out there are endless ways to supercharge smoothies, including adding adaptogens to them. The sweetness of the banana and mango mask the bitter taste of ashwagandha (which may decrease anxiety, hence the name) and the liquid passion flower gives it an extra boost of (supposed) calmness. Add Greek yogurt for some extra protein and ground flaxseed for added healthy fats. Keep calm, drink on.
7. Magical Moon Tea Time Latte
What is moon tea, you ask? Don’t worry, it doesn’t require ingredients from Mars. It’s simply a mix of powders aimed at alleviating PMS. Some of the delicious add-ins: ashwagandha, maca, cinnamon, cocoa, and instant dandelion. But what makes it extra tasty is the tahini, an unexpected but satisfying addition.
8. Adaptogenic Coffee Latte
A 10-ingredient coffee may sound ambitious (and contain a few more ingredients than we normally mess with), but give it a chance. Not only is it made with cashew butter, coconut cream, and honey (a latte dream team), but it also has mushroom powder, maca, and collagen (an adaptogenic triple threat). Simply brew some joe, pop it in a blender with the rest of the ingredients, whirl, and enjoy. We can’t promise it’ll change your life, but it will most definitely change your morning.
9. Walnut Milk Adaptogen Elixir
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: DIY nut milk is actually easy. But if you’d rather not bother, this elixir works just as well with store-bought walnut milk (Elmhurst walnut milk is our favorite). Made with three adaptogens—ashwagandha, red maca, and shatavari—and delicious add-ins like tahini, honey, and cinnamon, it’s a fun (and healthy) way to change up your adaptogenic latte game.
10. Malted Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie
It’s no secret that we love cauliflower in smoothies. It’s a great way to achieve creaminess if you don’t love banana and has a versatile flavor that pairs with almost everything. This smoothie uses chocolate protein powder, almond milk, maca, and cacao nibs to spruce up the inconspicuous veg, with optional add-ins like reishi and almond butter. If you’re craving some sweetness, add banana or berries.
11. Strawberry Milk
One of the purported benefits of adaptogens is their ability to help balance hormones. So if you’re feeling out of whack, maybe give this strawberry milk a go. Simply blend fresh strawberries with coconut milk, tahini, maca, and dates, and drink immediately. Your hormones may not suddenly adjust, but we can promise that your taste buds will be happy.
12. The Ultimate Tonic
What’s so “ultimate” about this ultimate tonic? It could be that it boasts not one, but six kinds of medicinal mushrooms. It could also be the abundant healthy fats from chia seeds, flaxseeds, and coconut oil, or anti-inflammatory boost from turmeric. Or maybe it’s that it contains all of the above and still tastes damn good. Whatever its secret, we’re into it.
13. Salted Tahini Maca Smoothie
This smoothie is so thick and creamy we suggest skipping the straw and lopping it up with a spoon. Made with tahini, cauliflower, maca, dates, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, sea salt, and ice, it’s so decadent tasting we’re half convinced it should be called a milkshake. Top with cinnamon for the full dessert-like effect.
14. Blue Moon Milk
This drink helps us sleep so soundly we definitely won’t be saving it for once in a blue moon. It gets its pale blue hue from butterfly pea powder (you can find it on Amazon or swap out for your favorite tea, but don’t be sad when it’s not blue) and supposed sleep-inducing magic from none other than ashwagandha. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, and maple syrup to make it extra comforting and feel free to try any type of nut milk (though we’re partial to cashew).
15. Cocoa Tonic
We’re all for embracing your inner child, but we’ll make an exception for this adult cocoa. To save time on whipping it up in the morning, make a pre-mixed jar of the main powders—maca, reishi, tocos (no, not tacos), vanilla, and cacao—and simply toss some in the blender with nut milk, coconut oil, a pinch of salt, and whatever other add-ins you fancy (we’re liking cardamom at the moment).
16. Adaptogenic Hazelnut Latte
When it comes to adaptogenic drinks, less doesn’t often seem to be more. It’s a breath of fresh air to find lattes like this, with four main ingredients and the option to go wild on add-ins. The basics include plant-based milk (homemade is a plus), brewed coffee or tea, hazelnut butter (any nut butter works, but this makes it memorable), and a sweetener of choice, with suggested add-ins like maca, ashwagandha, and bee pollen. If you’re craving chocolate, a little cacao goes a long way.
17. Hibiscus Tea Latte
Adaptogens tend to be paired with nutty flavors, but they also taste great with the likes of hibiscus and mint. Simply brew a bag of hibiscus mint tea (plain hibiscus works too) and blend with warm almond milk, ashwagandha, ginger, and vanilla powder. Don’t have vanilla powder? Vanilla extract is the perfect replacement.
18. Adaptogenic Gingerbread Latte
Holiday-inspired drinks bring visions of sky-high whipped cream, puffy marshmallows, and decorative drizzles of chocolate syrup. While it’s fun to indulge, it’s also nice to have healthy backups on hand. This gingerbread latte uses nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and molasses to create that beloved gingerbread flavor and is paired with reishi, maca, and almond milk to bring down the sweetness and up the health benefits. Now that’s the makings of a happy holiday.
19. Chai Latte With Adaptogens
A latte that reduces stress? Yup, it’s a thing. Ashwagandha has been shown to decrease stress, improve focus, and help you sleep like a baby. And though it’s notorious for its not-so-great taste, the chai spices used in this recipe make it legit delicious. For some extra oomph, add a tablespoon of coconut oil.
20. Chocolate Reishi Latte
Good news, everyone: You can leave your blender untouched for this one. Simply add all of the ingredients—almond milk, cacao, reishi, and coconut butter are the main attractions—to a pot, whisk together over medium heat, simmer for five minutes, and pour into your favorite mug. Easy, filling, delicious… this latte is what mornings are made for.
21. Almond Butter Maca Madness Smoothie
This five-ingredient smoothie is all kinds of wonderful. Made with almond milk, almond butter, frozen banana, maca, and vanilla extract, it’s both nourishing and satisfying. We love experimenting with different nut milks and butters—cashew makes it extra decadent—and throwing in teaspoons of other adaptogens like ashwagandha or reishi. Another tasty add-in: cinnamon.