Maca Mocha: If you’re Trying to Quit Coffee or Reduce Caffeine try this Morning Energizer Instead

Here’s a little secret: you don’t need caffeine to start your day!

Or at least, not exclusively, LOL.

For a long time I’ve been looking for a delicious and nutritious alternative to my morning second coffee. (For some reason, I always need two).

I wanted to drink less caffeine, but couldn’t find anything that would be energizing and satisfying enough to warrant the break of fast. (I had been doing intermittent fasting for a while, and even though I stopped now, I am still only drinking black coffee or tea, no milk no sugar, in the morning till late breakfast or lunch).

However, I’ve noticed that after a lot of black tea and coffee on an empty stomach, my belly was not happy, so I decided to try something different.

And this warm maca cocoa drink fit the bill perfectly. It tastes so good! Packed with the goodness of maca powder, cocoa, flax seeds, and plant-based milk, it provides me with a natural energy boost to kick start my day, satisfies my senses, and gives me some serious nutrition for my brain (yay!).

But, Joanna, is it really better than a smoothie in the morning? You may ask. 

Well, it depends what you’re in the mood for. Sometimes a girl just wants something warm (and maybe it’s a sign that the fall is coming).

And if you have a milk frother, then it will be even more amazing, I promise. 

I have to say, flax seeds make this drink very filling and satisfying, so definitely try it. Alternatively, if you don’t have flax, you can experiment with adding chia seeds. The consistency will be different, but the texture can be even more exciting, IMHO 🙂

So, here is the recipe. 

Recipe: Energizing Maca Cocoa Morning Drink


  • 1 cup of unsweetened plant-based milk (almond, soy, oat, or your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon of maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite natural sweetener (such as maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey for non-vegan option)
  • A pinch of sea salt (optional)
  • A dash of vanilla extract (optional)


1) Pour your plant-based milk into a small saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat. Be careful not to bring it to a boil; you want it hot but not scalding.

2) While the milk is heating, combine the maca powder, cocoa powder, ground flax seeds.

3) Once the milk is hot, slowly whisk in the dry mixture. Keep stirring gently to prevent lumps from forming.

4) Flavor it Up (Optional): For an extra layer of flavor, you can add a dash of vanilla extract or a pinch of cane sugar or maple syrup.

5) Simmer and Serve: Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. This will not only infuse the flavors but also help thicken the drink slightly due to the flax seeds. Give it a taste and adjust the sweetness or cocoa flavor if necessary.Once everything is well combined, pour your warm maca cocoa morning drink into your favorite mug.

Garnish (Optional): You can garnish it with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or a dash of cinnamon for an extra touch of flavor and visual appeal.

Sip Slowly: It’s hot! Take your time savoring this delightful, energizing drink. Enjoy the subtle nutty notes from the flax seeds and the earthy richness of maca and cocoa.

Now, you have a wholesome and invigorating morning drink that’s caffeine-free, vegan-friendly, and brimming with nutrients. It’s the perfect way to wake up your body and mind without the jitters of coffee. Cheers to a healthier morning routine!

And if you worry about buying exotic ingredients from far away places, I respect that. I try to do that, too, most of the time.

If that’s you, try to come up with a combination that is from ingredients that grow locally, where you live. For me, it would be flax seeds, oat milk, kale powder, and hemp seeds, for example, which is a combination that I might try as well.

However, you should also know that any plant food is much better for the planet than any animal-based food, no matter how it was produced and transported.

So, should you give maca a try?

According to numerous internet sources, maca, the star ingredient in this recipe, has many health benefits.

Energy and Stamina: Maca is known for boosting energy levels and endurance, making it a natural energizer.

Hormone Balance: It can help regulate hormones, especially in women, alleviating symptoms of menopause and PMS.

Mood Enhancement: Maca may improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression, thanks to its adaptogenic properties.

Nutrient-Rich: Maca is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, supporting overall health.

Bone Health: Some studies suggest it may enhance bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Adaptogenic: It may help the body adapt to stress and maintain balance in various bodily functions.

All of these sound great to me. AND it tastes great!

It’s important to keep in mind that individual responses to maca can vary, and it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional before adding it to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

Sip on our warm maca cocoa morning drink and cheers to a healthier morning routine!

Remember that individual responses to maca can vary, and it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before adding it to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.