Ashwagandha Coffee Recipe – Best Adaptogenic Latte

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Add variety to your morning coffee with this tasty ashwagandha coffee recipe. It’s warm and cozy just like your favorite latte, with hints of spicy sweet cinnamon and earthy ashwagandha. Made with five ingredients and ready in about five minutes, you can get a nice energy boost with the adaptogenic benefits of ashwagandha.

Adaptogenic latte with ashwagandha and cinnamon on clay tray.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simple ingredients – Just five ingredients you probably already have.
  • Short prep and cooking time – Ready in about five minutes.
  • Amazing flavors – So tasty! Deep, earthy, and warm with just enough sweetness to cut the coffee and brighten up the ashwagandha.
  • Basic kitchen equipment – Brew your coffee and froth the milk with a milk frother or follow the alternative methods below.
  • Easy-to-follow directions – Walk through four simple steps.
  • Minimal cleanup
Two mugs of ashwagandha latte with frothed milk.

What is Adaptogenic Coffee?

My Cleveland Clinic defines adaptogens as natural compounds that “help your body respond to stress, anxiety, fatigue and overall wellbeing.”

Are you familiar with those feelings? Our modern life involves a lot of stress. From overtime to traffic, economic pressure to information overload, we are challenged with chronic stress repeatedly in our daily routine. 

For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine and ayurvedic medicine have used adaptogens to restore the body back to health by managing the stress response and supporting the immune system and adrenal health.

While there are many, ashwagandha is just one type of adaptogenic herb. Other adaptogens include ginseng, Rhodiola, and reishi mushrooms. Adaptogens can be herbs, roots, or mushrooms.

This ashwagandha drink is an example of one way to make an adaptogenic coffee, which combines the power of adaptogens with a cup of coffee. Combining ashwagandha and coffee has some amazing benefits. It’s naturally energizing due to the coffee while also uplifting, calming on the nervous system, and clarifying to the brain. It’s a perfect balance of increased energy levels with a more focused brain function.

In my own life, adaptogens for stress relief are an important part of my personal care. I usually take adaptogenic supplements, but I also like making recipes like maca chocolate, reishi and shilajit chocolate, and nutrient-dense chocolate bars with adaptogenic herbs.

So when I came across the idea of mixing ashwagandha into an adaptogenic coffee, I knew it would take my morning cup of joe to the next level.

Cinnamon dusted frothed milk ashwagandha coffee late.

How to Make Ashwagandha Coffee

Make a deliciously warm and comforting ashwagandha coffee in your favorite mug with only five ingredients in about five minutes.

Start by brewing the coffee any way you like it best. From drip coffee makers to the pour-over method and French press, each has a slightly different flavor and process for making, but they all taste good. Use any method you prefer.

Prep this recipe simultaneously as the coffee brews.

Ashwagandha coffee ingredients arranged over marble background in individual bowls.

Ingredients You Need

  • Coffee – freshly brewed hot coffee made by your preferred method.
  • Milk – Raw milk, whole milk, or whichever milk you like best.
  • Sweetener – Just a little to taste. Use a keto sweetener or equal parts of honey, maple, sugar, or other choice of sweetener.
  • Ashwagandha – As the star ingredient, you can’t do with ashwagandha root powder.
  • Cinnamon – A little ground cinnamon powder is the perfect addition for flavor. Plus a bit extra for optional dusting on the milk before serving.

Ingredient Substitutions

Even though this is such a simple recipe, you might be missing one of the key ingredients.

Here are suggested substitutions:

  • Coffee – Avoid caffeine and use decaf coffee instead or regular. You can also brew a herbal coffee or roasted chicory root as a suitable coffee alternative.
  • Milk – Choose any dairy or plant “milk,” like coconut milk, nut, or seed milk.
  • Sweetener – Any sweetener works: granulated, liquid, sugar-free substitute or regular sugar. Adjust to taste.
  • Ashwagandha – If you don’t have powder, open ashwagandha capsules and dump the powder out into a measuring spoon. Another option is to use one serving of ashwagandha extract.
  • Cinnamon – As an alternative to cinnamon powder, use store-bought or DIY chai spice or pumpkin pie spice instead.

Variations

Want to add your own spin to this delicious ashwagandha latte?

Try these coffee variations:

  • Add a mocha twist with 1 tsp cacao powder and an additional 1 tsp sweetener or drop a small piece of dark chocolate and mix it into the hot liquid until melted.
  • Add vanilla flavor with ¼ tsp vanilla extract.
  • Taste as you go. Adjust the sweetener as needed.
  • Make it a protein-rich drink by stirring in a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
  • Start with cold brew instead of hot coffee, mix all ingredients together with a milk frother and pour over ice for a tasty iced latte drink.

Diet Modifications

As written in the recipe card, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, low-carb, low-oxalate, and low-fiber. If you have additional dietary needs, consider the following modifications.

  • Keto diet – Froth coconut milk and sweeten it with a keto-friendly sugar replacement.
  • Dairy-free – Use coconut milk, nut, or seed milk
  • Carnivore diet – As a low-fiber keto recipe, this is already keto carnivore-friendly and nutrient-dense. Enhance the animal-based ingredients by using dairy milk and adding a raw egg yolk or ½ tablespoon of butter for extra creaminess.
  • Paleo diet – Brew an organic coffee and sweeten it with a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
  • GAPS diet – Pick a low-acid coffee or use an herbal coffee alternative. Use honey as your sweetener. Substitute the dairy milk for coconut milk or butter instead.
  • Whole30 or AIP diet – Omit the sweetener and use coconut milk or other plant-based milk.

This recipe is also nut-free, grain-free, egg-free, nightshade-free, phytate-free, and low in histamine.

Step-By-Step Instructions

It’s as easy as brewing coffee, mixing the ashwagandha, and frothing the milk before serving.

Follow these simple directions, and you can’t go wrong.

Bowl of ashwagandha, ready to be mixed into the coffee in a saucepan.
Add ashwagandha to warm milk.
Warming milk and adding ingredients to the ashwagandha latte.
Add other ingredients.
Whisking ingredients into ashwagandha coffee.
Whisk well.
Frothed milk poured over sweetened ashwagandha coffee in mug.
Froth milk and pour over coffee.
Cinnamon dusted top of hot latte in mug on saucer and serving tray.
Dust with optional cinnamon.
  1. Heat the milk in a small pot over medium-low heat until it is warm and steaming but not boiling.
  2. Whisk the sweetener, ashwagandha, and cinnamon into the milk. Continue mixing until all the powders dissolve.
  3. Froth the milk using a milk frother or vigorously whisk it in the saucepan until it becomes frothy.
  4. Pour the frothed milk over the hot coffee. Garnish with an optional dusting of cinnamon. Serve immediately.
Frothed milk on coffee with milk frother to the side.

Expert Tips

  • Use high-quality coffee beans for the best flavor.
  • If you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, you can use a double shot of espresso or increase the amount of coffee used.
  • Similarly, adjust the quantities of ashwagandha, milk, sweetener, and cinnamon according to your taste.
  • If you’re working with smaller cups, cut back to ½ cup of milk for a yield of 12 ounces.
  • No milk frother? I suggest you get one if you love making homemade coffee drinks. They are a fun kitchen tool and are typically not too expensive. If you don’t have a frother, whisk the warm milk vigorously in the saucepan until it becomes frothy. Alternatively, pour the milk into a jar no more than halfway full. Then, seal tightly and shake for 20-30 seconds until bubbly.
  • Embrace your inner barista by pouring the frothed milk into the coffee, using a spoon to hold back the foam while you pour. Then, slowly add the foam on top of the coffee.
  • Wondering how to dust with cinnamon? It’s really simple. Use a small fine mesh strainer, my friend gave me a tea ball, and it’s the perfect tool. Put the cinnamon in it and gently tap it until the cinnamon falls through on top of the frothed milk.

Nutritional Info

This recipe yields 16 ounces or one full-size, single cup of coffee.

Per serving, with dairy milk:

  • 151 calories
  • 8 g protein
  • 8 g fat
  • 17 g total carbs
  • 1 g fiber
  • 16 g net carbs

Please note that the nutritional value will change if you substitute ingredients. Use a nutrition app to recalculate and reflect your changes.

How to Store this Recipe

Overall, I don’t recommend making any part of the drink ahead of time and storing it. Coffee always tastes the best fresh. And frothed milk will lose its airy texture over time.

If you find yourself getting called away right as you’re about to sit down and relax with this hot drink, pour it into a to-go cup. The cup will keep it insulated and warm so you can take it out and about.

You could technically refrigerate or even freeze leftovers if that helps you. Keep the coffee in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Before serving, reheat it in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and then prepare the milk according to the recipe instructions.

Similarly, if you bulk-prep coffee and want to freeze it, wait for it to cool completely before pouring it into a freezer-safe container or silicone mold. Then, thaw, reheat, and prepare the milk.

Milk frother next to latte in sea foam ceramic mug in saucer with tray.

How to Serve this Recipe

Ashwagandha can be served any time of day, from morning to night, depending on when you like to drink coffee.

Myself, I drink it in the morning because it’s a healthy way to minimize the effects of stress, which IMO should happen as a first order of business. Plus, drinking coffee is already part of my morning routine, so it’s a natural fit. How I love starting the week on Monday morning with this brew-tiful morning beverage! 

However, I have friends who can drink coffee at night and don’t get affected by the caffeine. It’s up to you.

Here are some suggested times to enjoy this:

  • Morning – Start the day with balance and focus.
  • Afternoon – Get a pick-my-up energy boost for better productivity later in the day.
  • Pre-workout – Coffee brings the caffeine, and ashwagandha could help endurance and reduce exercise-induced stress.
  • Evening – If you’re a coffee-at-night person, relax and wind down after a long day.

Sip on just the coffee or serve it with a favorite keto breakfast, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pumpkin bread, or chocolate with almonds.

More Warm and Cozy Drink Recipes

We all love sugar-free Starbucks drinks but, sometimes it’s nice to make drinks at home.

Here are some ideas:

If you make this ashwagandha drink, please leave a review. I appreciate each and every 5-star rating and review comment!

Overhead view of ashwagandha coffee with cheesecloth accent.

Adaptogenic Coffee with Ashwagandha

Jessica Haggard
Add variety to your morning coffee with this tasty ashwagandha coffee recipe. It’s warm and cozy just like your favorite latte, with hints of spicy sweet cinnamon and earthy ashwagandha. Made with five ingredients and ready in about five minutes, you can get a nice energy boost with the adaptogenic benefits of ashwagandha.
4.99 from 53 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 151 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee hot
  • 1 cup milk dairy or plant-based
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener keto sweetener, honey, maple, or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until it is warm and steaming but not boiling.
    1 cup milk
  • Whisk the sweetener, ashwagandha, and cinnamon into the milk. Continue mixing until all the powders dissolve.
    1 teaspoon sweetener, 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Froth the milk using a milk frother or vigorously whisk it in the saucepan until it becomes frothy.
  • Pour the frothed milk over the hot coffee. Garnish with an optional dusting of cinnamon. Serve immediately.
    1 cup freshly brewed coffee

Notes

  • Use high-quality coffee beans for the best flavor.
  • If you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, you can use a double shot of espresso or increase the amount of coffee used.
  • Similarly, adjust the quantities of ashwagandha, milk, sweetener, and cinnamon according to your taste.
  • If you’re working with smaller cups, cut back to ½ cup of milk for a yield of 12 ounces.
  • No milk frother? I suggest you get one if you love making homemade coffee drinks. They are a fun kitchen tool and are typically not too expensive. If you don’t have a frother, whisk the warm milk vigorously in the saucepan until it becomes frothy. Alternatively, pour the milk into a jar no more than halfway full. Then, seal tightly and shake for 20-30 seconds until bubbly.
  • Embrace your inner barista by pouring the frothed milk into the coffee, using a spoon to hold back the foam while you pour. Then, slowly add the foam on top of the coffee.
  • Wondering how to dust with cinnamon? It’s really simple. Use a small fine mesh strainer, my friend gave me a tea ball, and it’s the perfect tool. Put the cinnamon in it and gently tap it until the cinnamon falls through on top of the frothed milk.
Serve: Sip on just the coffee or serve it with a favorite keto breakfast, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pumpkin bread, or chocolate with almonds.
Store: I don’t recommend making any part of the drink ahead of time and storing it. Coffee always tastes the best fresh. And frothed milk will lose its airy texture over time. See the notes above for exceptions.

Nutrition & Macros

Serving: 16ouncesCalories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 98mgFiber: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 16g

To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in a given recipe, please calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients and amounts used, using your preferred nutrition calculator. Under no circumstances shall the this website and the author be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on the given nutritional information.

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24 thoughts on “Ashwagandha Coffee Recipe – Best Adaptogenic Latte”

  1. 5 stars
    I love ashwagandha coffee and it has helped me a lot. I tried it with cinnamon this time and totally enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

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