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Vegan Adaptogen Hot Cocoa


Vegan Adaptogen Hot Cocoa

Last year I learned about the wonderful powers of adaptogens. Adaptogens are non-toxic herbs that help your body adapt, chiefly to stress.

I quickly became obsessed with ashwaganda, perhaps the most commonly known adaptogen. Upon finishing my second tincture bottle of ashwaganda, I headed to the store to re-up.

Once there, I began talking to a woman who was a herbalist. She suggested I try rhodiola, another type of adaptogen.

As I’m a strong proponent of mixing up one’s routine I thought, why not give it a try?
I used Mary’s (PD’s Beauty Editor) Maca Hot Cocoa recipe as an inspiration for my base.

This cocoa is slightly sweet, slightly nutty, and a great way to start your morning. The combination of the rhodiola tincture and maple syrup gives the drink a lovely, unique, ever so slight, biscuit-y flavor.

This cocoa recipe is chock full of wonderful things such as
-Adaptogens: Both maca and rhodiola aid with managing stressors
-Cacao powder: Protects nerve cells, helps with cardiovascular health, and even fights insulin resistance.

Adaptogen Hot Cocoa


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
  • 3/4 Cup Non-dairy Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Cacao powder
  • 1/2 – 1 dropper full Rhodiola tincture
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon Maca powder*
  • 1 teaspoon Maple syrup
  • Pinch Pink Salt


1. Add all ingredients to a blender.

2. Blend on low for about a minute or so.

3. Pour into a small pot.

4. Warm the drink at a low heat until it begins to steam.

*There is a difference between raw maca and gelatinized maca.
-If you have a sensitive stomach choose gelatinized maca
-Maca can be very powerful. If you have never tried it before, start with 1/2 teaspoon.

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Bella Gadsby

Bella Gadsby

Contributor at Peaceful Dumpling
Bella is a writer and actor based in LA. She was raised vegetarian and, after two failed attempts at being vegan, the conversion finally stuck in 2015 when she realized not all chocolate contained dairy. After this discovery, Bella fell deep down the endless rabbit hole of vegan cooking, she may or may not have been seen since. Follow Bella on Instagram @thegreatbgadsby.
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