This post has been a long time coming. As a lover of hot drinks while working, I’ve struggled with that 3pm workday *what should I drink right now* zone.
For me, 3pm is way too freaking late to drink caffeine. Whenever I’ve done this, I end up rolling around in bed at night cursing myself for drinking caffeine so late in the day. My mind is racing, I’m fidgety, and anxious about the next morning. It’s not a good vibe at all.
I’ve been experimenting with different drinks for the afternoon for a while. I dipped my foot into the tea world, but for some reason, it’s never something I crave or reach for. I feel like I kinda have to force myself to drink it and that is never something I get excited about.
To be honest, I love reaching for something creamy and warm in the afternoon. Something that will give me a boost of energy for the last few hours of the day.
So, I set out to create a latte minus the caffeine. And the first thing I thought of for sustained energy without caffeine was maca.
I wrote a whole blog post about the benefits and uses of maca, because it’s one of the most impressive, useful superfoods I’ve found.
It also tastes pretty good too! It has a nutty-caramely-butterscotch flavor that works really well in a latte when paired with cacao.
I also partnered it with cacao because of the incredible mood-boosting, stress-relieving benefits of that superfood. (If you want more cacao info, you can check out a video I created on it here.)
So, without further ado, I want to introduce to the Caffeine-Free Maca Latte! This warming drink will be your new best friend while you’re grinding during those late afternoon hours.
If you try this drink, tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see what you make.
Caffeine-Free Maca Latte
- 1 tsp maca
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of himalayan salt
- dash of stevia (optional- can also use maple or date syrup to sweeten)
- 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (I like oat or almond)
- Combine maca, cacao, salt, and stevia in a mug, using a fork to stir and combine.
- Froth your plant-based milk in a milk frother or using a handheld frother (favorites linked below). Alternatively, you can heat your milk over the stove-top on a low setting. Use a fork to vigorously froth the mixture when it’s warm until small bubbles form.
- Pour a tablespoon of heated liquid into your mug and stir vigorously to incorporate with the powder mix.
- Once incorporated, add the rest of your milk, stirring to combine.
To see this recipe in action: