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Adaptogenic Hot Cocoa with Schisandra Berry

Originally published on January, 20th 2019. Last updated on March 22nd, 2022 Skip to Recipe

This adaptogenic hot cocoa with schisandra berry will add a little magic to your hot cocoa game! With flavor notes similar to chocolate strawberries or chocolate raspberry, the luxurious fruit notes provided by the schisandra berries make this hot cocoa recipe an instant favorite. The benefits of schisandra in this rich and creamy adaptogenic hot chocolate recipe will make it one you will crave daily!

Close up of the hot cocoa with schisandra berry in a beautiful moon mug.

When I made this adaptogenic hot cocoa I was aiming to have subtle fruit notes with a delicious chocolatey taste, and an ultra-creamy finish. I’m extremely happy with how this recipe turned out, and I think you will be too!

This hot cocoa is full of antioxidants provided by cacao and schisandra berry. If you need an excuse to have hot cocoa, the health benefits in this recipe alone are enough!

Looking for an iced drink with schisandra benefits? Try this Strawberry Lemonade with Schisandra Berries!

Side angle of the hot cocoa with schisandra berry.

Schisandra Berry Benefits

Schisandra berries are a wonderful source of antioxidants and have a wide variety of other health-related and medicinal benefits. They can boost mental performance and reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.

Schisandra is considered an adaptogen, known for helping one adjust to life’s physical, environmental, and emotional stressors with a calming quality. Adaptogens do exactly what their name says, they help you adapt.

With a long history of use in Chinese medicine, schisandra was used as a vitality tonic. Schisandra is used for an array of medicinal purposes from healing coughs, protecting and treating the liver, and helping with sleep.

Close up shot showing the cream in this recipe.

Ingredients

Coconut milk is perfect for this non-dairy hot cocoa. It adds healthy fats, a delicious taste, and a creamy texture that will help soothe and calm you. If needed, you can substitute with any milk you prefer.

Cacao wafers are an easy way to make this hot chocolate with an absolutely delicious flavor that is keto-friendly, paleo, sugar-free, and gluten-free. Cacao also adds antioxidants and other health benefits to this recipe!

Coconut butter is a rich, raw form of coconut that will melt in your hot cocoa and melt away your worries making an amazing tasting calming cup of cocoa. It’s full of protein and vitamins.

Schisandra berry powder is the adaptogenic feature of this calming cocoa. Known in Chinese folklore to “calm the heart and quiet the spirit,” schisandra soothes in a way we all can use at each day’s closing.

Stevia comes in liquid or powder form, and either would work for this recipe. Stevia is a wonderful way to sweeten without sugar. If you prefer you can use maple syrup or honey to taste in this recipe.

Cinnamon is perfect in this recipe with its complex flavor and subtly sweet and spicy taste. A warming herb that can soothe digestion, cinnamon is a perfect addition to this adaptogenic cocoa. If you are sensitive to cinnamon you can omit it.

Rosebuds and rose petals offer a variety of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and an additional soothing quality to this schisandra berry hot cocoa.

Hot Cocoa Schisandra Berry drink top view, showing the bubbly froth and rose buds floating on top. A candle for ritual is lit on the side.

How to Drink Schisandra Berry Hot Cocoa

Make it a Ritual

When making this adaptogenic hot cocoa, I like to make it a ritual where I can come to heart-center and ground myself. This allows me to enjoy spending some time outside of my daily routine, be present, and relax.

When enjoying this creamy hot cocoa with beneficial schisandra berries, I usually pull out my journal and reflect on the day. For me, the warmth of this drink and the grounding energy of the cocoa allows me to process the day and take in the joy.

If you don’t have a ritual, it’s really easy to start one. It can be as simple as finding a quiet place to yourself where you just sit and reflect. Making this hot cocoa gives you a reason to make some quiet healing space for yourself.

Other ritual ideas could involve journaling or tarot decks, lighting a candle, or whatever calls you at the moment. Find your magic and relax with this calming cup of adaptogenic hot cocoa!

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe! Send me a message or reach out on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen)! Hope you enjoy it!

Need more adaptogenic drinks in your life? Try these:

Hot Cocoa Schisandra Berry Moon Milk

Hot Cocoa with Schisandra Berry

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Instructions

    1. Heat coconut milk on the stove.
    2. Pour warmed coconut milk into a high-speed blender add in the rest of the ingredients.
    3. Blend on high until cocoa is smooth & creamy.
    4. Enjoy right away!

Notes

  1. Feel free to add a splash of water into the blender if your hot cocoa drink comes out too thick.

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