I gave up coffee.

Well, it’s not so much that I gave it up, like intentionally.. it’s more of just listening to my body. And, as it seems, my body no longer wants coffee.

Which, I must admit, wasn’t the easiest tuning into my body I’ve ever done – I’ve been drinking coffee since my early teenage years, I’ve identified myself as an avid coffee drinker and anyone who ever met me know that coffee and I have (had) a passionate relationship.
When Steffen asked me to move to Germany, my answer was like – yes.. IF you’ll be making me coffee in the morning, I like waking up to a cup of coffee.

Joking aside – coffee was really something I loved.
But my body disagrees. It happened before, I remember. A year ago or something, I barely drank any coffee for a few days, it just didn’t taste good. But I pushed through anyways and drank it – because “I am a passionate coffee drinker”. Power of identity.

However, this time when it happened, I acted mindfully. I took a sip and it just didn’t taste good.
I decided to listen to my body, and didn’t drink that cup.
Next morning, I made myself new cup of coffee – took a sip and threw it away, again.

A couple of mornings later, it was clear that I no longer enjoy coffee – I might cry – this is NOT an easy discovery for me – but I listened.
Lack of coffee making created a confusion in my morning routine, which started, every day for like 15years, with coffee.
So I had to come up with something else. Tea wasn’t gonna work – my morning taste buds can’t handle a lot.

Inspired and creative in the kitchen as I am (even at 5.30-6am, as it turns out), while repeating my affirmations, I was roaming around the kitchen, confused, trying to find a substitute.

And I did.

Ladies, if you ever wanted to start your day with a
– nourishing
– quick and simple
– delicious
– creamy
– smooth
– luxurious
– hormone nurturing
– anti-inflammatory

– stress banishing
– blood sugar stabilizing
– and of course, chocolatey (this is a real word, right?!)
drink, you’re welcome.

All you’re gonna need is few minutes to warm it all up and combine.
Ingredients are simple and amazing, you probably have all of them at home.

Except if you’re not a protein powder lover – I’m usually not either, because of how tricky it is to find a protein powder worthy of me.
You may omit protein powder if you want, but it definitely adds to the creaminess and smoothness, and getting protein first thing in the morning is a really good choice. It helps the muscles get any protein they may have lost over night, while ensuring a stabile blood sugar and energy levels.

If you’re looking to get a protein powder, here’s what to look for – well, what I look for.

Organic and vegan. I don’t do any wheys, caseins, dairy, animal proteins because my body doesn’t handle those well.
No artificial sweeteners, flavors etc.

Mine has ingredients like: pea protein, hemp protein and one more (I guess rice) and stevia. Simple is good.

However, remember – you’re the expert of your body. You know the best what works for you. Nutrition must be loving


– Almond milk: vitamin E, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium, calcium
– Turmeric: iron, vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, zinc, antioxidants
– Maca powder: vitamin C, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, adaptogen
– Cinnamon: antioxdiants, manganese, calcium, iron, several more vitamins + minerals & fiber
– Cacao powder: flavanols, manganese, calcium, iron, several more vitamins + minerals & fiber

5 from 3 votes


Hormone friendly delicious coffee substitute

Course Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup plant milk your choice 🙂
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp/tbsp coconut oil optional
  • 1 tsp/tbsp honey or maple syrup optional
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder, vanilla or neutral


  1. Warm up the milk in the small sauce pan (no need to boil), add everything else.

  2. Combine until smooth & enjoy!

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  1. So glad I found this recipe! I have been trying to quit coffee and like the taste of maca, so this seemed like a good option. I do have some very minor tweaks for my own tastes- I use cardamon instead of cinnamon- but otherwise it’s great- tasty and definitely gives me the boost I need!

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