Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ayurvedic Mocha (Coffee Substitute)

Okay, so I fell off the band-wagon again... more like couldn't get off the coffee bandwagon. Here's to another attempt at kicking caffeine out the door. I do love hot, bitter drinks in the morning, but this one has a host of medicinal, feel-good ingredients that won't leave a person dehydrated or addicted. You can buy roasted chicory root at health food stores. The one I found, called "Uncoffee," was combined with dandelion root and roasted barley; but any of those on their own will work just fine. It's a no-fuss, ground powder resembling instant coffee. so it's ready to go. The dates in this recipe will provide body and thickness to the drink, the cacao will make it taste rich, and the coconut oil will make it surprisingly creamy and silky. I know, you're thinking: "but what about decaf coffee?" Let's be honest, half the fun with coffee is feeling mega-energized and so, unlike decaf, this mocha substitute will still give you some fun effects. The best I can describe it: a roasty blend between "stay alert!" and "chill out mannnn."

In a high-powered blender, combine the following ingredients and blend until fully incorporated.

  • 2 cups boiling water or yerba mate tea or hot almond milk 
  • 1 tbs roasted chicory root or dandelion root or roasted barley 
  • 2 tbs good-quality cacao powder 
  • 3-4 cooking dates, or 2 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • 1/2 tbs coconut oil 
  • *Optional tonic herbs, 1 tsp each: reishi or chaga mushroom, mucuna, ashwagandha, maca, etc.  

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