Amanda Chantal Bacon, the Los Angeles-based wellbeing expert and founder of cult health-food brand Moon Juice, is known for her very particular kind of plant-sourced alchemy, one which aims to promote, amongst other things, a sparked libido and glowing skin. Let's drink to that. Here, from her debut cookbook, two recipes to help get you in the mood. Photographed by John von Pamer
Love Me Do: above left, Beauty Latte from The Moon Juice Cookbook; right, Amanda Chantal Bacon shares her favourite recipes designed to harness the healing properties of adaptogenic herbs, raw foods, and alkalising ingredients. Photos by John von Pamer
Gently warm the pumpkin seed milk (it should be just warm, not hot) in a small saucepan and carefully pour into a blender. Add the maca, cacao, ho shou wu, ghee, and cayenne. Blend on high for 20 seconds or until warm and frothy. Pour into a mug and serve garnished with the bee pollen.
Pumpkin Seed Milk(Makes 32 ounces)
Put the dry raw pumpkin seeds into a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak in the fridge overnight. Drain the seeds and transfer to a blender. Add the water, honey, and salt and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a fine-mesh sieve or nut bag and strain to remove the solids.
(Pictured at top. Makes 12 ounces)
12 ounces Lait de Coco (see below for recipe)
1 teaspoon rose water
2 teaspoons lucuma powder
¼ teaspoon pearl powder
½ teaspoon ground schisandra berries
1 teaspoon raw honey or coconut sap, or 1 drop of stevia for a low-glycemic version
1 teaspoon ghee or coconut oil
1 tablespoon tocotrienols
This is a warm cup of luscious antioxidant, enzyme, amino, and mineral richness. This ancient beauty potion delivers deep nourishment into the bloodstream for bone and cell building and tissue regeneration, reversing the effects of aging and inflammation. It also tonifies and heals organs, beautifying on a cellular level and bringing suppleness to the skin and shine to hair.
Gently warm the Lait de Coco in a saucepan over low heat, without allowing it to simmer. Carefully pour it into a blender. Add the rose water, lucuma, pearl, schisandra, sweetener, and oil. Blend on high for 20 seconds or until warm and frothy. Pour into a mug and serve topped with the tocotrienols.
Lait de Coco
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup young Thai coconut meat (one 5x2-inch strip), fresh or frozen
4 cups water
Pinch pink salt
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 45 seconds. This milk will have a nice “cream on top” when cold, so shake and stir to evenly distribute.
Recipes from The Moon Juice Cookbook: Cosmic Alchemy For A Thriving Body, Beauty And Consciousness, by Amanda Chantal Bacon, (Random House).