How To Make Hazelnut Vanilla Maca Coffee

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How To Make Hazelnut Vanilla Maca Coffee

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that fairy tales aren’t real. I drink a potion made from magic beans everyday, and it brings me back to life.” – Nanea Hoffman

In my house, mornings come with philosophical questions like, “Mom, is anything part of everything?” and “What if our heads were made of cake?” Questions that can literally not be answered until I’m holding a warm cup of coffee, brewed in something that looks like it came from a vintage chemistry set.

These days, I’m enjoying my magic beans with a dash of ground root that was revered by Incan warriors for its ability to increase stamina and strength. Maca, also called Peruvian Ginseng, is an adaptogen, or herb that helps the body adapt and thrive in stressful conditions. Sounds like something we could all use, right?

Now, you may be wondering…

What is an adaptogen why do I want it in my coffee?

Coffee and adaptogens can work synergistically, but as I explain in this this guide to using adaptogens they function very differently. Caffeine is a stimulant that encourages a specific response within the body – alertness. Adaptogenic herbs, on the other hand, help the body adapt to stress by nudging it toward balance.

If you’re thinking, ”Eh, balance. Are we talking about that woo stuff that’s supposed to happen when I shine my collarbones and relax my spleen?” And the answer would be no. I’m talking about tangible things like balancing hormones and getting a little extra mileage out of your energy stores.

To put it a different way, if caffeine is like a map that can only take the body from point A (sleepy) to point B (alert), adaptogens are more like a GPS system that figures out where you are and helps you get where you need to go (balanced and able to adapt to circumstances).

Another difference between coffee and maca is that coffee’s effect fades after a few hours, while maca’s builds with consistent use. That’s why they work so well together – caffeine helps in the short term, while adaptogens offer long term support. I try to include maca in some form 4-5 days per week along with eleuthero and a few other adaptogens.

Quick note on using adaptogens daily: Some adaptogens – maca and eleuthero for example – are fine for long-term use. However, others (like licorice) should only be used for limited periods of time. If you’re interested in using other adaptogens in addition to maca, you’ll find links several herbs to consider in this guide to adaptogens, plus safety info on each one.

Also, here’s how to make the coffee much cozy pictured in the recipe if you’re wondering. Now, on to the recipe!

Hazelnut Vanilla Maca Coffee Recipe
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How To Make Vanilla Hazelnut Maca Coffee

This adaptogen-infused morning brew incorporates maca, hazelnut and vanilla for a smooth, sippable coffee. Or gulpable depending on the morning. 🙂
Course Beverages
Calories 0kcal
Author Heather Dessinger



  • Heat milk/coconut milk and pour it into a blender along with the maca, hazelnut butter, vanilla and gelatin (if using). Give it a quick whir and then pour it into a cup. Sweeten to taste and enjoy.


Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
This adaptogen-infused morning brew incorporates maca, hazelnut and vanilla for a smooth, sippable coffee. Or gulpable depending on the morning. :)

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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5 thoughts on “How To Make Hazelnut Vanilla Maca Coffee”

  1. 5 stars
    TY for the yummy recipe! My daughters & I were wondering about the mug sleeve… did you make it yourself? It is really cute & we were trying to figure out how it is made… my girls are trying to find projects they can make for grandmas, friends, etc. for Christmas :). If you don’t mind sharing info about it, they would really appreciate it.

  2. What is the difference between gelatinized maca powder and regular maca powder? Could they be substituted without any effect in this recipe?

  3. I tried this and it was very tasty! I didn’t have hazelnut butter, so I substituted 1 tbsp. organic butter instead. I also was unsure what type of coconut milk the recipe called for, but I used the organic full-fat canned kind. I pulsed it with my immersion blender.