Inside The Laka Living Pantry | Decadent Hot Chocolate

Photography: Laka Living

From the moment we eyed Laka Living's tonic butter collection, we knew it would steal the hearts and taste buds of our thriving, conscious-forward community here in Richmond. Welcome to the days where Adaptogenic Cookie Butter exists, the adult version of the cookie jar that gives a nudge to your energy and a boost to your libido.

Liz Smithers, Founder + CEO, is a Virginia native turned Kauai mastermind that has an undeniably brilliant vision for curating relatable ways to live consciously in the modern world, with an aim to reprogram the typical lifestyle into one that supports the system with creativity and whole-body-brain utilization. We're still trying to wrap our brains around how she comes up with the genius recipes and curations that she and her team share over on The Sister's Almanac, but she's clearly doing all things right considering the fact that we can't keep her tonic butters on our shelves for long. 

We tapped Liz + the ladies of Laka to create something simple, but special for #BokettoHoliday season, and the result is the most decadent adaptogenic hot chocolate mix to keep in your apothe-pantry all winter long. This potent blend supports tired winter skin and enhances blood production to create a cold-weather ritual that keeps your bones warm and your skin glowing from the inside out. 

Laka Living Hot Chocolate Staples

Tocotrienols | a fluffy marshmallow-tasting powder that's rich in Gluthathione, COQ10, and Vitamin E. Gluthathione acts as a sticky piece of tape on your insides, adhesively removing free radicals, toxic food wastes and heavy metals. COQ10 is imperative in boosting mitochondrial functioning in the cells, while Vitamin E is necessary for the skin to be able to effectively lubricate itself, and cleanse and excrete toxins. 

Pearl | helps to restore collagen to aging skin or re-lubricate skin that has been leached of moisture. This beauty tonic also helps to calm the spirit and induce a peaceful state of mind. Rich in amino acids, minerals, and bio-available nutrients.  

Reishi | is an adaptogenic mushroom and shen-building food that has a calming effect on the nervous system. It restores immunity to overworked systems, tonifies the detoxifying organs, and coats your cells in a mushroom glaze of defense. 

Chaga is another rich adaptogenic mushroom that contains chocolatey undertones, therefore it's one of the more palatable super-shrooms out there. The immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects are perfect for rigid winters. 

Laka Living Hot Chocolate Mix

Batch this powdered blend together in a large bowl and store in an air-tight container until ready to curate your at-home hot chocolate for one - recipe below. 

1 cup Raw Cacao Powder
1 cup Tocotrienols
7 tsp Pearl Powder
5 tsp Reishi Mushroom Powder
3 tbsp Chaga Mushroom Powder
2 tbsp MCT Powder (optional)
3 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Cardamom
2 tsp Ginger Powder


Decadent Hot Chocolate For One

This cold-weather ritual calls for 2 heaping scoops of the hot chocolate mix from above, plus other pantry staples that take traditional hot chocolate to a completely new level.

In a high-speed blender, combine:

1 cup warm, dairy-free milk (such as almond, cashew, coconut or hemp)
1/2 cup hot alkaline water
2 heaping tbsp Laka Living Hot Chocolate Mix (from above)
1 tsp rosewater (optional)
1 heaping tbsp Laka Living Tonic Butter (we used Super Shroom)
1 tsp ghee
Optional natural sweetener of choice (we prefer 1-2 organic, pitted dates)


Blend on high for approximately 30 seconds, and voila. Pour into your favorite mug and sip slowly.