Ashwagandha is a calming adaptogen that supports our stress response and is especially recommended for those who experience agitation, nervousness, or sleeplessness. It gets its name from Sanskrit words that can be translated as essence of a horse, which we think is a beautiful summary of the root's energy. Considered to promote a youthful state for both physical and mental health, it is a beautiful tonic that benefits many systems and is suitable for all ages. The flavor is delicately sweet, hay-like, round, creamy, and a bit bitter.
While we believe that powdered ashwagandha is a great form of this herb - and the best way to take advantage of its high iron content - we recognize that herbal powders are, by themselves, not always the most delicious. Yet, when used in food and beverages, taking Ashwagandha Powder can be easy and quite delightful! Herbal protein balls and easy chocolate treats are two of our favorite ways to use this herb!
Ashwagandha Bliss Balls
Bliss Balls Recipe
Eat 2-3 per day for a good herbal dose!
Easiest Chocolate Treat
A fancy bar of chocolate is nice, and we buy them too, but sometimes we're home and just want a chocolatey something and this ALWAYS does the trick. This is a “recipe” we’ve been making for a million years and have contemplated sharing it before but honestly it’s so simple it almost feels stupid to talk about. Which we finally decided was a great reason to share! The concept is mixing cocoa powder with a semi solid fat and adding sweetener and you can go from there… The end result is like a chocolate ganache.
Herbal Chocolate Treat Recipe
Coconut oil (We like Dr. Bronner the best: We know their sourcing director and they do a truly amazing job setting up supply chains that are both socially and environmentally ethical)
Cocoa powder (We suggest Diaspora Co.)
Maple syrup or raw honey, to taste
Ashwagandha powder (A calming adaptogen for stress support, it's high in iron and pairs well with cocoa)
Tincture of choice (We think Big Hug is really yummy here - providing hormonal support and mood support, it's rosy and sweet)
Pinch of salt
Notice we don’t measure anything, because it literally doesn’t matter! If you want a functional dose of the herbs then follow the dose instructions on the label.
Lick your fingers often and add things to taste! Mix until combined and enjoy by itself, with a banana, on bread, whatever!
Feel free to form into shapes and refrigerate for something more like a truffle.
We will eat several spoonfuls in a sitting. It contains good fats, good minerals, good mood boosting compounds, and is lovely if you have a uterus that is grumbling at you. Also lovely if not!
Ashwagandha Moon Milk
If you're using ashwagandha for sleep support, you may not be interested in pairing it with chocolate! Sans cocoa, perhaps the best way to take ashwagandha powder is in a hot, creamy beverage. You can adapt this recipe and turn it into an ashwagandha "golden milk" simply by adding turmeric powder.
Moon Milk Recipe
1 c whole milk or unsweetened nut or oat milk
1 tsp Ashwagandha powder
Pinch each of ground cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger (optional)
Maple syrup or raw honey, to taste
Warm milk on medium heat, add ashwagandha and ground spices and incorporate thoroughly with a whisk. Take off heat and sweeten to your liking.
If you're still not enjoying powdered ashwagandha, you can also take it in tincture form! We blend ashwagandha with other adaptogens and nervines in our stress relieving tincture, Resilience Formula.