3 Bedtime Latte Recipes for the Ultimate Rest

by Jessica Bippen, MS, RD

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Jessica Bippen, MS, RD, shares three caffeine-free bedtime latte recipes for a luxe and delicious pre-zzZz treat.

Having troubling getting the solid rest you need? With a fast-paced lifestyle, constant screen time, and a never-ending to-do list, falling (and staying!) asleep isn’t the easiest task. But a good night’s rest, of course, is essential for your well-being. Sleep quality also affects your hormones and your appearance—hence the term beauty sleep! Creating a nighttime routine centered around self-care can help relieve stress and get you ready for a restful night.

Each of the below latte’s unique ingredients aid in sleep and/or stress relief, thus helping you slow down before bed. So put down your phone, shut off the TV, and cozy up with one of these three bedtime lattes for your best sleep routine yet.

Bedtime Latte Recipe Ingredients

These caffeine-free latte recipes include lavender, camomile, and carob, all of which have unique functional properties to help you drift soundly to sleep. In addition to the sleep benefits, they’re luxuriously rich in taste. Their smooth palates come from full-fat plant-based milk and coconut oil. These ingredients are also essential for creating a creamy taste and a thick layer of foam. They also provide healthy fats for healthy and hydrated skin, hair, and nails.

Lavender Vanilla Latte

Lavender Vanilla Latte

Lavender Vanilla Latte

You’re probably most familiar with lavender essential oils. While this fragrant plant is most commonly used in aromatherapy to help promote calmness and relaxation, you can also enjoy it in tea or food. Lavender tea is made from the small purple buds of a flowering lavender plant. Many people drink lavender tea to help them relax, settle their nerves, and help put them to sleep. And there’s merit to this method! Research shows lavender can help improve sleep via both lavender aromatherapy and ingestion. So sip your caffeine-free lavender latte, and don’t forget to breathe in its soothing aroma for an additional pro-sleep benefit.

PREP
5 min
COOK
1 min
SERVES
1

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 cup heated full-fat almond milk
  • 1 tsp culinary-grade lavender (or one lavender tea bag)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Optional: honey for sweetness

SUPPLIES

  • Blender

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Steep the lavender or lavender tea bag in hot water for 3-5 minutes. (If using loose lavender, strain before adding to blend.) Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender. Blend, mix together, and enjoy!

Camomile Honey Latte

Camomile Honey Latte

This floral tea comes from the daisy-like flowers that are dried and then infused into hot water. It has an earthy, lightly sweet taste that pairs wonderfully with honey. Camomile tea is a caffeine-free alternative to black or green tea, making it perfect for drinking before bed. Camomile is known for its calming effects, and is commonly used as a natural remedy to treat insomnia and reduce both stress and inflammation.

2011 study found that people who consumed 270 milligrams of camomile extract twice daily for 28 days woke up at night less and fell asleep 15 minutes faster. In addition, camomile’s calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may help decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.

PREP
5 min
COOK
1 min
SERVES
1

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 cup heated oat milk
  • 1 camomille tea bag
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1-2 tsp honey

SUPPLIES

  • Blender

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Steep the camomille tea bag in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. Add the steeped tea and the remaining ingredients to a blender. Blend, mix together, and enjoy!

Peppermint Hot “Chocolate”

Peppermint Hot “Chocolate”

This hot chocolate uses carob in place of traditional cocoa powder. (Think of it as a caffeine-free alternative for cocoa powder.) Carob powder is made from dried, roasted carob-tree pods. It’s dark brown and looks shockingly similar to cocoa powder. Unlike cocoa and its distinctly bitter taste, carob powder has a uniquely sweet taste, making it perfect for sweet treats and cozy beverages like hot chocolate.

Since carob powder is caffeine-free, it’s a perfect nighttime hot chocolate alternative. In essence, you can enjoy its rich chocolatey taste without the unwanted side effects of caffeine. These can include restlessness, a fast heart rate, nervousness, and irritability, especially for people sensitive to caffeine. Additionally, carob powder is a good source of antioxidants. A 2003 study identified 24 antioxidant compounds in carob fiber, including gallic acid and flavonoids. These polyphenols may help reduce oxidative stress.

PREP
5 min
COOK
1 min
SERVES
1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups heated full-fat cashew milk
  • 2 tsp carob powder
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ⅛ tsp peppermint extract

SUPPLIES

  • Blender

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend and enjoy!

Another Way to Optimize your BEDTIME ROUTINE

To help boost your zzZz’s, I recommend pairing your bedtime latte of choice with HUM’s Mighty Night. While your cozy latte may help you wind down and fall asleep, Mighty Night can help you stay asleep with sleep-promoting herbs including valerian root, passionflower, and hops. In addition, Mighty Night’s unique formula also works overnight to support skin cell turnover and scavenge free radicals. The result? A fresh, well-rested complexion. You can think of Mighty Night as an internal serum to complement your existing nighttime skincare and sleep routines.


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