This matcha mocha maca drink recipe it the perfect healthy and low carb pick me up drink to start your morning. It’s full of healthy and energizing ingredients and you can make it in minutes.
You might also like these 5 morning matcha drink recipes!
Recently both my stepdaughter and a good friend have told me that they tried maca and it was giving them so much energy.
Of course I have tried maca in my smoothies before (I’ve tried a lot of health foods) so I knew what it was but at the time it didn’t seem to give me an energy boost.
However that was quite a while ago and I thought it might be time to give it another try. Plus I’ve been looking for a replacement for my cup of coffee, hence this matcha mocha maca drink recipe!
It’s like a spicy maca hot chocolate and energy drink rolled into one. And it’s low carb!
What is maca?
Maca is a starchy tuber that looks like a radish. It’s grown in Peru and is thought to do everything from treating infertility to depression. There has also been research on it’s effectiveness as a treatment for low libido in men and small studies on improving mood and libido in women too.
It’s generally considered safe but if you are pregnant, breast feeding or have a hormone sensitive condition, you should check with your doctor first. Learn more about maca here.
Ingredients you need to make this maca drink.
To make this drink (please see the recipe card below) you need maca, matcha, raw cacao, coconut oil, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon, almond milk and sweetener.
This maca recipe is an adaptation of the one my lovely stepdaughter gave me that was so delicious! It has a lot of ingredients but I felt they were all good for you and added to the taste of the drink.
I included matcha green tea to the recipe and it certainly gave me energy. I’m just not sure if it was the matcha or the maca….or perhaps both? And I use vanilla stevia instead of honey because I like to keep my carbs down.
Regardless this is the perfect energizing yet low carb drink to start your morning; especially in winter when a smoothie just doesn’t seem appealing.
Let’s talk about these healthy ingredients.
These are some good healthy ingredients we are using. Let’s go over some of the health benefits.
- maca: is said to treat infertility and female hormonal imbalances and is naturally stimulating similar to ginseng
- matcha: great source of anti-oxidants and phytochemicals, less caffeine than coffee and gives you a boost of energy without the jittery side effect (learn more)
- raw cacao: has a wide variety of antioxidants, supports healthy heart functions, enhances physical and mental well being
- coconut oil: protects against infections and may protect against heart disease
- turmeric: anti-inflammatory and improves brain health (Learn more)
- cayenne: stimulates digestion, breaks up congestion and anti-fungal
- cinnamon: anti-inflammatory effects may help lower the risk of disease, can improve cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure and has a potent anti-diabetic effect
Let’s make our Matcha Mocha Maca Drink recipe!
- Boil your water or if you are using almond milk heat it on the stove.
- Add it to your blender along with all the other ingredients (cacao powder, coconut oil, maca, matcha, turmeric, cayenne, sweetener, cinnamon) ] and blend until frothy.
- Pour, sip and enjoy!
- (Note: I use half almond milk and half water but sometimes I just use water and it tastes fine to me. For sweetener you can use pure maple syrup, honey, stevia or what ever sweetener you like. To me it does need sweetener.)
TIP 1! There are a lot of ingredients but you can make a double or triple batch without the coconut oil and refrigerate it. Then when you want to make a batch just heat it, add your coconut oil and blend.
TIP 2! OR you can do as one of my readers (Jessica) did and make a big batch of the powder mix, place it in a jar with a label of how much to use of the powder + the amounts for the wet ingredients you have to use. (See recipe card for the instructions for this big batch idea.)
So if you too are looking for a healthy coffee replacement, try this recipe. It’s like a maca hot chocolate that will give you lots of energy to start your morning.
The nutritional information for 1 serving is: 189 cals
17.3g fat / 7.3g carbs / 4.4g fiber / 2.8g protein = 2.9g net carbs
For more great Matcha and other tea recipes, check out my Pinterest board called Tea Please! Also I buy my Matcha from my friend Debbie who sells the best tea around, Steeped Tea. You can find some on her site if you are interested.
Matcha Mocha Maca Drink Recipe
This match mocha maca drink it the healthy way to raise your energy levels in the morning. It's full of healthy ingredients and you can make it in minutes. Plus it's a healthy substitute for your morning coffee! It's like a spicy superfood hot chocolate.
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- ½ teaspoon maca powder
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne powder or black pepper
- sweetner to taste, I used stevia but you can use maple syrup or honey if you aren't low carb
Heat the water or almond milk up to almost boiling.
In a blender add your hot water or almond milk and all the ingredients.
Blend on high until frothy.
Pour and enjoy!
To make a big batch of the powdered ingredients see notes below.
To make 10 batches in 1 mix:
Okay, I was a little skeptical at first. This was amazing! I am definitely a coffee drinker and i’ve found my substitute for sure. I didn’t use coconut oil, but I do have this powder for coconut oil and mushrooms that I added in. It is absolutely delicious. The half water/almond milk was a good choice. Thank you for the recipe!
Hi Michaela, so glad you liked it! It’s been awhile since I’ve had this but I did think it was delicious. You got me excited to try it again.I’ve always wanted to try those mushroom drinks too.
Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!! Although, I will probably have to put a little less cayenne pepper lol! But it was a surprisingly delicious taste! I recently got diagnosed with endometriosis and have been trying to create an anti-inflammatory diet to help myself and I came across your recipe. I’m so happy I did because I am a coffee addict and I desperately needed a replacement due to the fact that I have to limit my coffee intake. This is everything I needed!! I made mine iced and I love it! Just added all the ingredients and blended it really well and poured over ice =)
So glad you liked it Whitney! I just made it recently and I think I’m going cut the amount of cayenne in half because it was too hot for me this time LOL! Good luck with everything.
I read all the comments to see if someone else was confused. I guess I’m the only one and I must have missed something. In the recipe the list of ingredients does not say anything about water. Then the first direction is boil the water. What water? How much?
Hi Ann, in the recipe you can use 1 cup of water or almond milk or a combination of the two. That depends on your taste. I will amend the recipe to make it more clear. I hope you like it!
I’m doing research on raw vs. gelatinized maca powder. I’ve read that our bodies don’t have the digestive enzymes to break down raw maca powder & this is why many people who are mixing it into their smoothies, etc. are getting extreme indigestion/stomach pains. Would you mind clarifying which you use, as well as sharing the brand of maca you use? Thank you! Blessings.
Hi Rachel I am not a maca expert by any means. I have not had any problems myself. This is the maca brand I use: https://amzn.to/3jiTaCY
I would like to make a large batch of the dried ingredients premixed in a jar just so I can just heat, scoop out from one jar, add liquid, coconut oil and blend. Any idea what the measurements/serving size would be? I love this recipe but want the ease of one jar in the morning. Every time I make this, there’s containers and powder everywhere. I know you said to triple it and fridge it, but I wouldn’t want to waste it or have it go bad. Thanks!
Hi Jess, here’s what I got. I took 10 servings of each of the powders and this combination will give will therefore give you 10 servings. Each serving will be 5 teaspoons of the powder.(hopefully that made sense).
• 5 teaspoons matcha, maca, turmeric
• 2 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, cayenne
• 10 Tablespoons of cacao
Mix that together and it should give 10 servings (each serving is 5 teaspoons).
And if you wanted 20 servings it would be:
• 10 teaspoons matcha, maca, turmeric
• 5 teaspoons of cinnamon, cayenne
• 20 Tablespoons of cacao
Mix that together and it should give 20 servings (each serving is 5 teaspoons).
Hope that helps!
The maca should be gelatinized for better absorption. This looks like my concoction I posted years ago when I decided to combine “golden milk” with my matcha. However I don’t add cayenne. I do add black cumin oil. I’ve never used a blender. I put all dry ingredients in my large coffee cup then add the soft coconut oil to mix then add the hot water. There are so many more benefits than what you have noted. I’ve been drinking this for more then a decade. Everyone should drink it for optimum health. 🙂
I made with Coconut Milk rather than Almond Milk/Water. Still a very good flavor, I should’ve known it’d be a bit too spicy for my delicate palate LOL :0) overall i think this will be my new afternoon pick me up!
Thanks for sharing!
Hi Stefanie, I’m glad you found a way to adapt it. Enjoy!
Are the nutritional amounts for the recipe made with water or almond milk? It looks delicious!
Hi Tammy, the nutritional information is with the almond milk. I hope you like it!
I switched from coffee to matcha and needed to kick it up a bit today and this recipe is so satisfying! Thanks
I love matcha! It’s a gentle caffeine kick and it’s good for you. I’m glad you liked the mocha maca too. I have lots of matcha recipes on the blog if you are interested. Here’s a link to most of them. https://mylifecookbook.com/?s=matcha
Just made this to warm up on a chilly fall day! I totally forgot the coconut oil but it still came our great! I also skipped the blender and just whisked together the powdered ingredients and almond milk on the stove and added a little agave. Thank you!
Hi Michelle, I’m so glad it worked out for you and thanks for sharing your ideas!
As I sip on this, all I can think of is WOW! The flavor is so AMAZING that I did without the sweetener. Thank you for sharing!
So glad you liked it and thanks for taking the time to comment!
Thank you for this recipe! It’s a beautiful incorporation of healthy things. For the past few weeks in these hot summer months I have been liking coffee less and less, but I’m looking forward to this fresh new idea! Also, thank you for the clarification on Maca! I was having a hard time understanding the difference between maca and matcha, which is actually why I clicked your pin!
You are welcome Tessie!
Can you mix this with your coffee?
I don’t see why not. I’m not sure how all of it would taste with coffee but I don’t see why it would be bad.
Let me know if you try it!
Love that you combined some tough flavors for me to ingest in such an appealing recipe! I was mixing in ice cream like a child trying to take the medicine!
Yes the mocha really helps!
Would it be okay to use regular cocoa, as that is all I have? Have your tried adding reishi powder to this, or would that taste weird?
Hi Kristine, cocoa powder would definitely be fine. However I have never tasted reishi powder so I don’t know, sorry. Good luck and let me know if you use reishi powder and your results if you get a chance!
I take maca and matcha powder every morning diluted in a mixture of orange juice and water.
Also put it in protein shakes.
Love your recipe, will try it in the a.m. before working out with my trainer.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it!
This sounds amazing! So many super food ingredients 🙂 I will definitely be giving this recipe a try!
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks for story by Laurel. I hope you like it!
How does it taste? I have all these ingredients but it sounds like it make for a very different tasting drink.
To me it tastes a bit like a Mexican hot chocolate. Turmeric, maca and even matcha can have an odd taste but the cacao, cinnamon, cayenne and sweetener somewhat mask their tastes. If you were worried, I would just add a bit more cacao and make sure to sweeten it. I hope you like it! Let me know if you have any more questions.
Have you looked up the turmeric/pepper rule? I keep seeing recipes on pinterest offering turmeric as a miracle spice and it is, however, your body cannot absorb it without being taken along with an adequate amoubt of black pepper. If you happen to find a scientific article stating otherwise or just like the flavor there’s no reason to add turmeric to an otherwise mildly sweet drink.
I try to add it to vegetable juices in the morning witha little black pepper and it’s really good!!
I just found an article that stated the same information. It says that turmeric is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and that piperine in the black pepper helps it absorb the turmeric greatly. I also read that it is a fat soluble substance so taking it with a healthy fat would help with it’s absorption. That being said, you could easily add some pepper in place of the cayenne in this recipe and I think it would taste delicious. I am by no means an expert and I just like to pass along things I find interesting. I always want to learn
something new, so thanks for pointing this out! Here is the article I found and the article they referenced.
I wonder if the cayenne pepper would work the same tho as the black pepper?
Hi Lisa, I am no expert. I was just reading that it might have the same action as the piperine in black pepper but to be honest I really don’t know.
To clarify, the piperine in black pepper is what aids in the absorption of turmeric. Cayenne contains capsaicin, not piperine so cayenne will not help with turmeric absorption.
I like this recipe for the health benefits thus, I use black pepper, provides plenty of spice.
You can buy both classic and premium matcha from MatchaBar, a specialty Matcha cafe in NYC.
They source all their matcha directly from an independent family farm in Nishio, Japan.
Classic is fine for cooking but if your drinking the matcha straight up I’d recommend the premium!
Where do you buy maca and matcha?
I buy my maca from Vitacost.com. They seem to have the best price. And I but my matcha from Steeped. My good friend
sells it and if you are interested here is a link to her page. http://www.mysteepedteaparty.com/KT200196/shop/catalog.aspx
I’ve never bought it anywhere else so I’m not sure of other places. I’m sure there is other places online or try a local Asian market.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Wow that definitely sounds like an energy booster with all that goodness inside. I’ve never heard of maca, but I will be on the hunt for it now.
Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays. Hope to see you next week.