Autumn warming drinks: Ayurvedic moon milk and cardamom choco-coco

Now that autumn is here, it’s finally – can you tell we’ve been waiting for this? – time to light some candles and start curling up on the couch with a hot drink, cosy blanket and a good book. Oh my, what a blissful and comforting feeling it is to treat yourself to warming seasonal drinks. Sure, you could go and get a cuppa around the corner, but there’s nothing like the rewarding sensation of brewing your own creation.



According to Ayurvedic tradition, moon milk is a glass of warm milk that’s taken just before bed – i.e. when the moon’s out – to help treat insomnia. It commonly contains at least milk and honey or syrup, but it’s often elevated with additional herbs and spices. The spices in both the moon milk and the cardamom choco-coco milk, such as nutmeg, acai and cardamom, help calm you down and prepare you for sleep. And the oat or coconut milk are known to contain tryptophan – a sleep supporting amino acid.


Sweet dreams are heading your way for sure!

For the moon milk:


for 1 cup



10 minutes

350 ml unsweetened oat milk
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
2 pieces of star anise
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp acai powder


Cinnamon powder

Star anise


cinnamon stick on spoon, star anise in moon milk


  1. Heat the oat milk in a saucepan and add the cinnamon stick, cinnamon powder, the 2 pieces of star anise, nutmeg and vanilla powder
  2. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise
  4. Add the acai powder and maple syrup before whisking thoroughly
  5. Pour into a mug and sprinkle a little more cinnamon powder on top


For the cardamom choco-coco milk:


coconut milk, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, maple syrop and cocoa powder on a wooden tray


for 1 cup


5 minutes

370 ml unsweetened coconut milk drink

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

2 tbs maple syrup

1 generous tbs pure cocoa powder


Adding cocoa powder to chocolate milk


Optional: mini marshmallows

  1. Heat the coconut milk in a pan
  2. Add the cardamom and cinnamon powder
  3. Stir well and bring to a boil. Let this simmer for a few minutes on low heat.
  4. Remove from hob and then stir in maple syrup and cocoa powder.


Pour into a mug and garnish with mini marshmallows if desired. Enjoy!


Adding cocoa powder to chocolate milk

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle schrijft kookboeken, werkt als fotograaf en is eigenaar van de populaire vegetarische receptenblog Deze geboren en getogen Nederlandse verliet Amsterdam drie jaar geleden samen met haar gezin om een nieuw avontuur aan te gaan op het eiland Ibiza. Mirjam woont samen met haar man, drie kinderen, vier paarden, drie honden en een kat. Haar dagen zijn gevuld met werk, plezier en – uiteraard – gezond en lekker eten.