High levels of stress plague many busy working adults, so it’s always nice to have something to munch on that doubles as a nutritional stress-buster! This is where adaptogens, which can lower stress and anxiety, come in handy. Here are three recipes that may help to turn that frown upside down!
1. Coconut Clusters
- 1/3 cups shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp carob powder
- ¼ cups almonds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup raisins (pre-soaked)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp Siberian ginseng powder (optional)
- Pinch of salt
Place all raisins in a dish of water first prior to ingredient preparations. The raisins should be soaked for about 10 minutes. Proceed to combine all ingredients in a food processor before blending. Transfer mixture into a big bowl. Form little clusters of mixture and place it in the freezer for around half an hour until firm. Serve.
2. Golden Milk Cocoa (2 servings)
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup cocoa (sifted)
- 2 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ashwagandha powder
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, (divided)
Warm up the milk in a saucepan. Whisk the cocoa, turmeric and ashwagandha powder on low heat to combine. Whisk in honey until fully dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat and divide mixture into mugs. Stir in ½ tbsp of coconut oil into each mug. Serve warm or chilled.
3. Peanut Butter Granola Chunks (12 servings)
- 2 & 1/3 cup rolled oats (divided)
- ½ cup peanuts
- ¾ cup raw buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 to 2 tbsp maca powder
- 1/3 cup unsalted peanut butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp fine-grain salt
Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and preheat oven to 135°C. In a food processor, pour in 1/3 cup of rolled oats and peanuts and blend until the mixture reaches a coarse flour consistency. Transfer mixture into a large mixing bowl, and add the remaining 2 cups of rolled oats, buckwheat groats, coconut sugar, and maca powder.
In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk all wet ingredients until smooth. Mix in the dry ingredients until evenly coated. Spread mixture on the lined baking tray and spread it out evenly at about ¾ inch thick.
Bake for 15 minutes before rotating the pan and baking it for another 25 minutes. Cool food for an hour before breaking it into serving sizes.
Give any one of these three easy recipes a try when you can. The process of cooking these adaptogenic recipes can also be therapeutic and stress-relieving in itself!