If you want to feel blissed rather than buzzed (on caffeine), swap your morning cup of coffee with this adaptogen latte. Adaptogens are natural medicines that help your body adapt to whatever stress or anxiety life throws at you. So instead of sipping on a drink that results in that edgy intensity we sometimes experience with coffee, you鈥檒l help your body heal from adrenal fatigue so you can feel more like yourself. If you鈥檙e ready for a morning reboot, read on.

Ready to skip highly charged mornings laced with caffeine, try an adaptogen latte for a caffeine free twist on your morning cup of coffee.

Our adaptogen latte starts with chicory, New Orleans鈥 favorite bitter, caffeine-free pre-biotic herb that tastes and looks similar to coffee. Though it won鈥檛 give you that energetic boost that coffee will, this drink gives you the ritual of sipping something hot and bitter in the a.m. To take the edge off the bitterness, steep the chicory in hot water with high-fiber, high-vitamin dates that have a mellow, caramelized flavor.

After the chicory root is steeped out, the dates themselves, soft and plump from the hot water, are whirled into a blender along with oat milk, until the mixture becomes thick and foamy. Yes, oat milk has quickly become the trendy dairy-free milk du jour. Though brands like Elmhurst and Pacific Foods make oat milk, our absolute favorite, flavor- and froth-wise, is Oatly鈥檚 full-octane oat milk. Oatly claims it鈥檚 high in betaglucans, a fancy scientific word that basically means it鈥檚 good for your heart and helps maintain normal cholesterol levels in your blood.

We then stirred in reishi mushrooms, bitter fungi traditionally used in ancient Chinese medicine that are often brewed into a tea or mushroom coffee to boost the immune system. All of these strange ingredients together result in a beverage that smells like a graham cracker and tastes toasty. With just enough bitterness and sweetness, it鈥檒l make you linger over your cup and keep sipping.

Adaptogen Latte

(Makes 1 drink)

Recipe Notes: If you can鈥檛 find chicory root at your local spice shop, head online to pick some up. Ditto for the reishi mushroom powder (we used the one from Om) if it鈥檚 not stocked at your local natural foods store. We like how sweet the beverage tastes, but add 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar if you鈥檇 prefer it.

Caffeine-free mushroom coffee leaves you feeling blssed not buzzed.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chicory root
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon reishi mushroom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar, optional

Instructions:

1. Steep the chicory root and dates in the hot water for 5 minutes.

Chicory coffee is going to be your new go-to caffeine-free coffee substitute.

2. Pour the chicory infusion into a fine-mesh sieve placed over a glass liquid measuring cup. Remove the dates from the spent chicory, and rinse the dates.

Strain out the chicory and dates from the brewed infusion. Reserve the dates to blend with the oat-milk.

3. Place the dates and oat milk into a blender. Blend until smooth.

Stir in the reishi mushroom powder into the brewed chicory infusion.

4. Stir the mushroom powder into the chicory coffee until combined.

5. Pour the date-sweetened oat milk on top of the 鈥渃offee,鈥 and drink up!

Adaptogen lattes are a great way to kick your caffeine habit.

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(Recipe and photos by Annelies Zijderveld / Brit + Co)