We all know about herbal teas and herbal tinctures, but an often under utilized way to take herbs are in their powder form. Traditionally, many Ayurvedic herbs like turmeric, ashwagandha, triphala and bacopa were all taken as powders, either mixed in water or put on the back of the tongue and washed down. It’s been my whole hearted experience that if you’re going to try an herbal powder, you need to have a good first experience, and sometimes putting it on the back of your tongue and washing it down with water can be a little….awkward if you’re not used to it. Work up to that in small amounts first, then graduate to the full dose when you’re ready.
Personally, I love mixing herbal powders into nut butter balls for two reasons: 1. It’s a perfect little protein rich snack that’s accessible, affordable and downright delicious (and can cover the taste of otherwise not so tasty herbal powders), and 2. Nut butter balls are perfect for the average person just getting introduced to some uncommon herbs (especially for kids!) that don’t want to drink herbal tea, or have issues with the alcohol in herbal tinctures. There’s an option for everyone. Another win for herbs.
Ashwagandha is one of my all time favorite herbs for adrenal support, subtle energy enhancement and ideal for those who tend to have strenuous or labor intensive jobs. It’s a wonderful adaptogen (meaning it helps the body adapt to stress, long or short term) and can be taken for prolonged periods of time if needed. You an use any herbal powder you like in this recipe including mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga or Lions Mane (I prefer powdered Ashwagandha). It works great for almost every powdered herb.
Thrive Market is a awesome place to source all of the ingredients for this recipe
Photography by Renee Byrd in our herbal + photography collaboration