This cherry almond milk is a nourishing creamy drink, and the perfect warm sip to help you get a restful sleep. Instead of dairy milk, it’s made with dairy-free milk beverage and tart cherry juice, a natural food source of melatonin.
Melatonin is a well-known sleep-regulating hormone. And new research from the American Journal of Therapeutics shows that insomniacs who drank U.S.-grown Montmorency tart cherry juice for two weeks improved their sleep efficiency and extended sleep time by 84 minutes.
The study participants drank about 1 cup of tart cherry juice twice per day. This cherry almond milk contains half a cup of cherry juice, but it’s also spiked with ashwaganda root. Ashwaganda has been shown to help lower cortisone levels and reduce stress and anxiety, among other benefits.
Special Diet Notes: Cherry Almond Milk
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. It’s also paleo-friendly!
For a nut-free drink, substitute your favorite allergen-safe milk beverage.
- Pour the milk beverage and cherry juice in a small saucepan and place it over medium heat. Cook, while whisking, for a few minutes, or until very warm or hot. But do not bring it to a boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the honey and ashwaganda. Or, for a frothier beverage, pour the cherry almond milk into your blender, add the honey and ashwaganda, and blend to combine.
- Pour the warm cherry almond milk into a mug and optionally top with rose petals to serve.