The meals and snacks we eat every day undoubtedly contribute to our overall health, but sometimes we forget that drinks have an enormous impact too. Sugary drinks, fruit juices with added sugars, coffee shop beverages made with chemical powders and preservatives, and excessive amounts of alcohol all negatively impact our health. But there is a beverage category that is potently powerful and nutritious – and it’s not a smoothie (though we do love them). It’s healthy, dairy-free elixir recipes!
So what is an elixir exactly? Technically, an elixir is sweet liquid that is used for a medicinal purpose, but we’ve expanded and altered this for a culinary nutrition context. For us, dairy-free elixirs contain:
- A spice or herb that has an action (anti-inflammatory, hormone-balancing, digestive-supportive, cleansing, etc.)
- A healthy source of fat
- Quality protein
- A natural sweetener
- A base liquids that support health, such as dairy-free nut/seed milk, herbal tea, coconut milk or water
Ideally, our recipes for dairy-free elixirs would contain all of these elements so they can serve as a full light meal or snack (like a smoothie), but if they have two or three of the above we’re A-OK with that too. It’s easy enough to improvise by adding a dollop of coconut oil or hemp seeds to round out the blender. And so, to offer you some elixir inspiration, today we’re sharing our 20 Best Healthy, Dairy-Free Elixirs to get you going!
20 Best Dairy-Free Elixir Recipes
Chaga Mushroom Hot Chocolate
This frothy, dairy-free elixir is filled with some of our favourite superfoods, including chaga, cacao and coconut. You won’t regret whipping this one up on a wintry afternoon.
Lemon Ginger Tea Winter Elixir
This light and refreshing lemon ginger tea dairy-free elixir is just the thing for when you feel a cold coming on.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Latte
Make the most of the anti-inflammatory spice turmeric by adding it to this dairy-free, caffeine-free elixir. We love the additions of cinnamon, vanilla and ginger in this recipe, along with black pepper which helps amplify turmeric’s absorb-ability.
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Energy-Boosting Adrenal Elixir
Need a pick-me-up in the morning? Skip the coffee and grab a cup of this dairy-free elixir packed with adaptogenic herbs like maca and holy basil that will help you deal with whatever the day has in store for you.
Reishi Cacao Beet Elixir
Add a pretty pink hue (and a load of nutrition) to your mug with this lovely beet-infused elixir.
Elderberry Rosehip Healing Tea
Elderberries are rich in vitamins that support the immune system – and they’re utterly delicious! Track some down and make this comforting elderberry rosehip tea.
Healing Tahini Hot Chocolate
Tahini and chocolate is an underprized combination that you need to be having! The tahini paste (ground sesame seeds) add an earthy flavour and a calcium boost, so blend up this one soon.
The Best Pumpkin Spice Latte
We’re not kidding around – this dairy-free elixir deserves its name for sure. Made with fresh pumpkin puree and homemade pumpkin spice mix, you’ll never visit your local shall-not-be-named coffee shop again.
Homemade Herbal Coffee
Homemade Herbal Coffee by Darn Good Veggies
It looks like coffee and it’s even made in a French press, but this herbal caffeine-free alternative is anything but. Laurel tried 30 attempts before she got her herbal brew just right – so you know that this dairy-free elixir is just perfection.
Vegan Salted Caramel and Cardamom Latte
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Ginger Cashew Milk Tea
Black tea lovers will – for lack of a better word – love this ginger-infused tea with a generous stream of cashew milk. Like a London Fog, only better.
Dairy-Free Gingerbread Latte
It’s like a cookie in a cup! This dairy-free elixir will satisfy those gingerbread cravings but will offer you a good dose of nutrition as well.
Maca Hot Chocolate
If you’ve never had maca before, pairing it with chocolate is an excellent initiation. The malty flavour is deliciously showcased in this five-ingredient, thick and luscious dairy-free elixir recipe.
Cherry Turmeric Bedtime Tea
Having trouble falling asleep? This bedtime tea just might be the ticket. Grab a cup of this and you’ll be drifting away in no time.
Chestnut Praline Latte
This unique, coffee-free latte features chestnuts, which aren’t often used in dairy-free elixirs. We love the chestnut-coconut milk combo in this recipe – especially when we dollop it with extra coconut cream!
Almond Chai Hot Chocolate
There is so much elixir goodness packed into each cup of this almond chai dairy-free elixir: almond butter, tahini, fresh homemade chai spice, cacao, maca, reishi. It’s a flavour and superfood explosion!
Dairy-Free Matcha Elixir
This drink will keep you warm and cozy and help you beat the winter blues.
Paleo White Chocolate Matcha Latte
The simple and easy powerhouse drink combines the antioxidant benefits of matcha with the creaminess of cacao butter. A bright green cup of health!
Macadamia White Hot Chocolate
A dairy-free elixir recipe with white hot chocolate is elusive – but this version with macadamia nuts, cacao butter and coconut milk is so decadent and delicious you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.
Lavender Hot Chocolate with Coconut Whip
A decadent vegan, dairy-free elixir infused with lavender flowers to help us feel calm and collected. The next time you’re about to throw an adult tantrum, pour yourself a cup of this.
Cinnamon and Turmeric Golden Milk
Have a couple minutes to spare? Make a hot cup of golden turmeric milk. This delightful dairy-free elixir is certainly time well spent.