September 10, 2014

{recipe} chocolate yerba mate elixir

Chocolate Yerba Mate Elixir Receipe

One of the moments I reveled in during my ‘back to the land’ retreat in Maine this summer (here) was the breakfast spread. Laid out each morning was a canister of piping hot chocolate mate elixir that I would rush to fill my mug with. There’s nothing in it that’s not completely beneficial for the body and it’s since become a staple in my diet. I like to make a cup of it to take with me to work, or to enjoy on a weekend afternoon when I’m writing, catching up on shows or just relaxing and taking in my lakeside view.


  • 2 tbsp yerba mate
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (can also use cashew or macadamia nuts)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or cacao butter)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp mesquite powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • stevia or sweetener to taste
  • dash of vanilla

>>about the ingredients>>

  • yerba mate – rich in antioxidants, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, yerba mate has been known to improve focus, prevent lactic acid from building up in your muscles, aids in digestion, supports cardiovascular health and helps control weight.
  • cacao powder – one of the best natural sources of magnesium, it also feeds the body with iron, potassium, protein and alkaloids.
  • mesquite powder – from the pods of the wild mesquite tree in South America, mesquite powder is high in protein (5g per 2 tbsp), magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron and lysine.
  • hemp seeds – considered nature’s ‘perfect food’, hemp seeds have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats.
  • coconut oil – used extensively in tropical countries, coconut oil can regulate cholesterol and the body’s metabolism, boost the immune system, aid in proper digestion and improve bone strength.

>>how to make>>

infuse the mate in the boiling water for 5- 10 minutes and then strain out the leaves. Throw the mate into a blender along with the other ingredients and blend until creamy.

  • mommyluvs6

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I fell in love with Guayaki’s Yerbe Mate Chocolatte tea, and they have discontinued it! I have scoured the web and even contacted the company, since they didn’t carry it anymore and I had bought their loose leaf yerba mate tea, to see if they could give me the ingredients that had been used in their discontinued tea. I knew it had cocoa and spices and a hint of sweetness, but I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Yours is definitely the closest to it! Of course I received no response from them, shame on them! Anyway I have played around with various ratios of the tea, cocoa powder, ground nutmeg (that was the secret ingredient I couldn’t place), cinnamon, cloves and stevia. It’s such a treat with steamed coconut milk added.

    • Ahhh amazing!! So excited to read that you love the recipe and I’m definitely going to try it with your nutmeg and coconut milk suggestion. Thanks for saying hello! xx

    • burlingtonbill

      Did you try communicating via Facebook? (I just did. I’m not holding my breath for a response!) I was able to talk to a woman at Guayaki on the phone last year (after I discovered Chocolatte was no longer available.) She said they were discontinuing it because the price of cacao beans had risen sharply due to the worldwide shortage of them. Why not just RAISE THE PRICE? (I’d have still bought it!) Elsewhere on their website they now say they have made a “difficult” decision to discontinue ALL their blends (in tea bags)–chai, roasted, green tea and chocolatte–because people have complained there isn’t enough kick to them (when a bag has to share 1/2 of its space with non-yerba mate ingredients.) FOOLS! Just use two or more bags, or switch to COFFEE if all you need is a “kick.”

  • Pure Living Boutique

    yummy! thanks for the recipe!

  • corina

    Wow! This sounds amazing! I will definitely have to try.

  • Never thought of adding anything to Yerba Mate, thanks so much for this great suggestion!

  • I’ve been expirementing with different teas as they really help me to feel more focused and energized in the mornings. I’ve enjoyed blends by Flying Bird Botanicals and dabbled with green, black, chai, and chamomile teas. I even tried kombucha, but never yerba mate. I have heard so much about it though and this recipe looks lovely!

    • it’s such a great tea to incorporate into your life! It’s part of a line-up of mine that includes nettle leaf, dandelion leaf, raspberry leaf and burdock root 🙂