Chocolate Coconut Elixir

Chocolate Coconut ElixirIt’s time to unleash the elixirs! This is the first in what will be many elixir recipes.

If you don’t always feel like a smoothie during the cold winter months, you may gravitate towards elixirs like I have. These warm, frothy beverages deliver just as much nutrition as a smoothie, but feel more appropriate when it’s cold out.

Slight nuances differentiate an elixir from a smoothie. Elixirs are often thought of as medicinal drinks because they’re typically made with a curative tea. You’ll want to choose a tea for your elixirs based on a particular health concern you’d like to address.

For example, if you’re dealing with a fungal infection such as candida, Pau d’arco, a South American herb and potent anti-fungal is an ideal choice. There are a number of teas for boosting your immune system, which I seek out when everyone around me is coughing and sneezing. For a list of my favorite herbal teas and more information on using tea to improve your health or address a health challenge, see my wonderful health benefits of tea article.

The rest of the possible elixir ingredients should be familiar from making smoothies. Although everything you can add into your smoothie isn’t elixir material. Green veggies and fruit are not normally used. Elixirs are generally comprised of superfoods, herbs, and spices.

My method of elixir making looks like this. Brew a big pot of tea on Sunday for the upcoming week. You can brew tea each morning, but brewing in advance is a time saver and allows me to make an elixir in less than 10 minutes, including clean up. Reheat tea on the stove top, add all of the ingredients into my blender, then pour in the hot tea, blend, and enjoy. It’s that easy. Note, my Blendtec’s jar is made of plastic; so I never use boiling or extremely hot water. Please be mindful of that if you’re dealing with plastic.

This recipe calls for chia seeds or chia seed gel. I encourage you to use chia seed gel, it lends a nice creamy consistency. To make, mix 1 part chia seed to 1 part water in a small container and let sit for about 10 minutes until it gels. It keeps in the fridge for a couple of months.

Are you a coffee drinker? Use that instead of tea or go half and half.

For a more substantial and filling drink, add an additional tablespoon of coconut oil and/or protein.

If you enjoy warm chocolatey drinks, you’ve got to try this elixir. Enjoy!

Chocolate Coconut Elixir Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup of warm to hot tea
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds or chia seed gel
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut shreds or flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder
  • A dash of high quality salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw honey

The Add-ons

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper if you like it hot
  • 1/2 tablespoon maca
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin
  • 1 serving of your preferred chocolate or vanilla protein powder

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Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender followed by the tea and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and frothy.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 301
  • Fat: 24g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Vitamin C: 20% RDA
  • Calcium: 10% RDA
  • Iron: 18% RDA

I’d love to know your experience with elixirs, or if you try this chocolate coconut elixir – please leave a comment below. Happy Blending!

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11 Responses to Chocolate Coconut Elixir

  1. Mela #

    HI Ryan,

    I am relatively new to your site and have been enjoying all the information you offer. This post really speaks to me as I live in Michigan and crave warm drinks this time of year.

    Before visiting your website, whenever anyone mentioned smoothies, I have always pictured the old-stereotypical cold blender mix containing too much frozen fruit and juice (sugars); not very healthful for me. With the emphasis you place on real-food and super-food smoothies, you have shifted my perception of how healthful and delicious a smoothie can be.

    Now, elixirs = warm smoothies! Wow, what a delight! I’ve enjoyed my first couple of warm elixirs and found myself satiated for hours afterward. I look forward to many more on these cold winter mornings.

    Elixirs are a game changer in my world of smoothies!

    I want to thank you Ryan for putting this great information out here. :)


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Mela,

      Thank you for the kind comments. It’s my absolute pleasure sharing this information for others to benefit as I have.

      Elixirs really are a game changer. Not only do they provide a warm option, although they can be chilled, they allow you to craft medicinal drinks that often more easily integrate into people’s daily routine. If you enjoy coffee or tea in the morning; you don’t have to change that habit, simply take it a step further and make an elixir.

      Stay tuned for more elixir recipes. I’m just getting started :)


  2. Mela #


    Before you think I completely missed the message in your post, i.e. the differences between smoothies and elixirs (considered curative) I just want you to know I’m simply looking for a great (warm) start to my day.

    What are some of your favorite teas to use in elixirs for overall wellness?

    Thanks again!

    • Ryan Carmody #


      For a warm start to your day, elixirs are the answer :)

      My first elixir was made with green tea, a long time favorite. Over the years I’ve used a number of others such as Pau D’Arco, nettle, horsetail, red rooibos, and a variety of combo teas from Mountain Rose Herbs. Lately, my tea of choice is a combination of several Chinese herbs I love: chaga, reishi, astragalus, and goji berry. Divine and delicious!


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Mela,

      I remembered your comment and thought you might be interested in my recently published article on the health benefits of tea, which includes some of my favorites.


  3. Niko #

    I needed a little afternoon pick-me-up, so I made this using green tea as the liquid. I didn’t have any coconut flakes, so I just used the oil and doubled the cacao. I also added cayenne. After reading this article, I now know what you mean by chia seed gel. That was easy enough. Here and I thought it was some separate, special product! This elixir turned out mighty tasty. What’s more, it gave me that extra pep I needed- certainly more so than green tea alone would have. Now I’m ready to hit the yoga mat! Thanks!!

    PS, Have you tried making chia seed “pudding”? You just mix chia seeds with milk (1:4 ratio) and let it set for a while in the fridge. I like adding honey, nutmeg, and sliced kumquat and letting everything infuse. These ingredients are reminding me of your Sweet Dreams smoothie. Hmmm.. :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I knew you were a smoothie expert, and now you’re an elixir master :) Cayenne is a favorite in my elixirs, love that hint of hot spice. Hope you had a wonderful yoga session.

      I have made chia pudding, but not with milk, only water. Why didn’t I think of that? That sounds delicious: chia seeds, milk, honey, nutmeg, maybe a little cinnamon, and kumquat, brilliant! I just had kumquat for the first time two weeks ago – tasty little guys. Yes, this will likely result in sweet dreams…and if you didn’t want a big smoothie before bed a smaller portion snack like this may be ideal.

  4. ron #

    I would like to try this recipe but with substituting coconut water or unsweetened almond milk for the tea. And perhaps using the chocolate or vanilla protein powder. Do think it would work?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Ron,

      Elixirs are typically warm, and while you can certainly warm almond milk and coconut water, tea (or coffee) is a better option. However, you can try this recipe without warming the liquid. Please report back if you do. I’d like to know how it turns out.


      • ron #

        When making it with coffee, do I simply pour hot coffee into the blender with all the ingredients and drink up? Or if necessary, re-heat in microwave?

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Yes, add all the ingredients into your blender and then pour the warm to hot coffee on top. I wouldn’t use boiling hot coffee, unless you have a glass blender that supports that.


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