coffee substitute?!

i seriously can't call this a coffee substitute.  it is soooo misleading.  but ... I thought it might catch your attention!  if you really 'love' coffee then this just won't do it for you.  coffee is coffee isn't it?  well isn't it the caffeine you are after?  but what if something else could give you the lift and contained health enhancing ingredients?  would that not be worth exploring? 

i'm talking about Elixirs and whether you find out about Elixirs early on in your raw food journey or much later on or just drink them because you love them, they are a fantastic addition to your day and you can make them to suit you.  I love that bit!

Here's one I like to make.  It's inspired by my love of toffee & butterscotch.


Elixir – ‘Oh so butterscotch(ee)’





1/2 litre of water – best quality either filtered or spring – I like it warmed up

2 tbs shelled hemp seeds

1 tbs maca powder

¼ tsp cordyceps powder

¼ tsp ashwaganda

¼ tsp vanilla powder

4 drops of toffee flavoured liquid stevia or just toffee extract (



Blend and drink!  Honestly, this couldn’t be easier could it!  All that nourishment in one place with hardly any effort.  I love it!



More info. on ingredients:-

Cordyceps – wow – this herb packs a punch.  in David Wolfe’s book ‘Longevity Now’ he describes it as … “celebrated as one of the most effective immune modulating, life enhancing herbs on this planet.” – hey, give me some of that!!  a herb that amongst other things is known to improve stamina and endurance – so no excuse now – dump the coffee habit – save your adrenal glands from that caffeine rush and give them a much needed helping hand in this fast paced world of ours.


Maca – oh maca, maca, maca – I can’t help but love you maca!  this is the butterscotch(ee) taste in my recipe – well, that’s what I can taste!  you could also use lucuma or put both in.  maca – is an adaptogenic herb, a plant that belongs to the cruciferous family of plants such as turnips and radishes.  According to David Wolfe’s book ‘Longevity Now’ maca is often recommended for hypothyroidism and for low progesterone and testosterone.  As I enter menopause – was bound to happen eventually! – I take maca and love to include it in drinks, smoothies, cereals & sweets.  See David Wolfe’s excellent book called ‘Superfoods: The Food & Medicine of the Future” for so much more on maca.


Ashwaganda – yes, it’s another adaptogen.  acts like a mild sedative, relieving stress.  said to increase stamina and relieve fatigue amongst a whole host of other things. At the end of the day, you won’t ‘need’ your usual coffee & eventually, once you have weaned yourself off it, you will start to feel oh so much more balanced!



For great information about (super) herbs see the two books mentioned above by David Wolfe.