Moon Milk

Moon Milk

The dreamy world of moon milks! These are caffeine-free potions that I drink when the moon comes out (or even when it’s out, but not visible). They are well suited for nighttime enjoyment, but really can be drank any time of day. Many of the adaptogens in each of these recipes have been selected for their calming, nurturing and relaxing properties. (Wu Haus Guide to Adaptogens coming in the next couple weeks!) These are just suggestions, so feel free to substitute with any adaptogen of your choosing. For some people cacao is stimulating, so if you are more sensitive to it, you might consider enjoying this potion earlier in the day. You can find most of the adaptogens featured in these milks over on my Favorite Products page.

These moon milks honor the Ayurvedic lineage, which believes that warm milk can aid in a good night’s sleep. Technically, there is no milk used in these recipes, but the combination of hot water and coconut butter creates a lovely additive-free alternative to store-bought coconut milk. If you prefer to use regular or nut milk, feel free to use 2 cups of milk instead of the hot water + coconut butter. The powerful properties of adaptogens are best extracted using some sort of fat, so I wouldn’t recommend making these with just hot water alone. In the Golden Moon Milk recipe, you could substitute ghee for the coconut butter. I always encourage you to adapt any of the recipes on this site to make them your own. <3

Ginger-Ceylon Cinnamon-Vanilla Moon Milk
[Serves 1]

2 cups hot water
1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut butter
1 Tablespoon tocos
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
1 vanilla bean, insides scraped out (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1/2 teaspoon ashwagandha
1/2 teaspoon mucuna pruriens
Pinch of pink salt

  1. Bring water to a boil then pour into high-speed blender. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until well-combined and frothy.

Golden Turmeric Moon Milk
[Serves 1]

2 cups hot water
1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut butter
1 Tablespoon tocos
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon shatavarti
1/2 teaspoon astragalus
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch of pink salt
1-2 teaspoons of raw honey (optional)

  1. Bring water to a boil then pour into high-speed blender. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until well-combined and frothy.

Lavender-Cacao Moon Milk
[Serves 1]

2 cups hot water
1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons dried lavender flowers

1 Tablespoon tocos
2 teaspoons raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon reishi
1/2 teaspoon chaga
Pinch of pink salt

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low, heat the water, coconut butter and dried lavender. Bring to a low simmer and allow the lavender to infuse into the milk for about 5 minutes. Strain out the flowers using a mesh sieve.
  2. Pour infused lavender milk and all other ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until well-combined and frothy.

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25 comments

Isabella October 25, 2017 - 8:56 pm

Where did you find such lovely cups!? 🙂

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alison wu October 25, 2017 - 9:26 pm

Hi!

The bigger one in the middle is from Earth and Element. The other two are from Portland local Justin Caraco.

XO

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Kelia October 26, 2017 - 1:43 am

Must try this, thank you and yes the cups are lovely ?☕

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alison wu November 1, 2017 - 3:12 pm

Thank you, Kelia! I hope you enjoy!

XO

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Yuliya Dimitrova October 27, 2017 - 4:53 pm

Hi Alison,
Where do you buy all of your hearts for this milk tea recipes, such as tocos, astragalus, reishi, chug,mucuna,etc.?
Thank you,
Yuliya

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alison wu November 1, 2017 - 3:10 pm

Hi Yuliya!

I have most of them listed on my Favorite Products page with links of where to buy. Hope that helps!

XO

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Sylvie October 29, 2017 - 1:06 pm

Hi Alison ! I started following you on Instagram a few days ago and I love what you do ! But as I am a newbie , I don’t know all these « strange » things you put in your milks (shatavarti…) ayurvedic herbs I guess ? Where do you get them ? Thank you !

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alison wu November 1, 2017 - 3:09 pm

Hi Sylvie!

Good question. I have a lot of them featured on my Favorite Products page with links on where to buy. Hope that helps!

XO

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Sylvie November 1, 2017 - 7:04 pm

Thank you so much !!!!

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Cassandra @ Uncommonly Well November 10, 2017 - 3:38 pm

Alison, thank you for sharing this! I just heard of moon milks for the first time the other day and was super curious to learn more. Hope to try these soon!

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Angela | A Serene Pursuit December 6, 2017 - 4:50 pm

Your moon milks give me life! I always keep it simple with my drinks but these sound like they have a ton of benefits. I’ve been wanting to try them and I’m glad I found the recipes. Thank you!

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wendy December 16, 2017 - 6:07 am

I just made the Lavender-Cacao Moon Milk but I didn’t have Lavender so I sub Organic Rose petal powder So I guess I made Rose-Cacao Moon Milk lol and let me tell you it was Delicious!!! thank you for the recipe 🙂

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alison wu January 11, 2018 - 3:51 pm

Yay! That sounds amazing! XO

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Carly Dodson January 19, 2018 - 2:55 am

What brand of raw cacao do you buy? So many options!

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alison wu January 22, 2018 - 5:01 am

Hi! I’ve bought several different kinds. Right now I think the brand I’m using is called Divine Organics. XO

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Emma March 22, 2018 - 7:15 am

Is the guide to adaptogens up yet?

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alison wu April 20, 2018 - 6:50 pm

Hi there! I’m currently working on an e-book all about adaptogens including 13 new recipes. Hoping to release it in June sometime!

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Kate April 16, 2018 - 7:41 pm

Hi Alison!
I was wondering the same thing as Emma- is your guide to adaptogens up yet? I’ve been going back and forth between your blog, Lee’s blog, and some books in search of guidance on using adaptogens properly. I get lost on how many to use at a time, how often, and which ones to mix and not mix. There are so many! I’ve currently been using Chaga, Cordyceps, Micuna Pruriens, and ashwaganda (not always together though) and want to expand my knowledge more. Any suggestions??
Thanks!!

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alison wu April 20, 2018 - 6:47 pm

Hi there! I’m currently working on an e-book all about adaptogens including 13 new recipes. Hoping to release it in June sometime! Stay tuned!

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