Elixirs are sort of amped-up superfood tea mixture. To create your own elixir, you prepare a warm tea base and then add an assortment of superfood powders or other extras to enhance the nutritional value.
This tea elixir was inspired by my recent discovery of Pau D'arco, a tea made from the inner bark of the Amazonian Taheebo tree. This tea has numerous health benefits; it is anti-parasitic, incredibly detoxifying, and has a sweet, light flavour which I thought would be perfect with hints of creamy almond mylk and carob. What resulted was a tea elixir that tastes just like hot chocolate!
Pau D'arco Tea Elixir for Winter Warmth
Serves 4-5 or 1 throughout the day
1 litre boiled water
3 tbsp pa d'arco bark 'tea leaves'
2 strips resihi mushroom (optional)
1 cup almond mylk
1-2 tbsp carob (can substitute with raw cacao powder)
2 tsp vanilla bean powder
10-18 drops vanilla stevia (adjust according to sweet preference)
Boil 1 litre of water on the stove in a large saucepan. Add the pau d'arco leaves (and reishi mushroom if using), and reduce to a low boil for at least 20 minutes or so. Remove the tea leaves, and combine the brewed tea with the remaining ingredients in a Vitamix blender.
Blend until well-mixed; the top of the mixture becomes quite frothy due to the almond mylk. Top with cacao nibs, dusting of carob or cacao powder, and serve immediately.
Can also be transferred to a Thermos to be sipped and enjoyed throughout the day.
To order and read more information about Pau D'arco,
Here are some pictures of our mild winter around here; shades of snow, but otherwise fairly warm:
snow in the valley; has only occurred a few times so far...
...but pockets of beauty are everywhere, no matter what the weather.
Happy February 1st!