Power Vanilla Citrus Yerba Mate

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on January 10, 2011

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. This recipe combines my favourite flavours, ingredients, and packs one mean nutritious punch!

I guess I’ll just start off by saying – if you’re looking for an energy drink, warm or cold, this should be your weapon of choice.

Key ingredients

Coconut water: Coconut water is found in the middle of a coconut. I use coconut water as athletes do Gatorade. Only this stuff is pure, has 0 artificial sugar, fat free, and is higher in electrolytes. It contains high amounts of potassium [more than a banana] and is a great re hydration drink for children in place of pedialyte.

Yerba Mate: In pure form, Yerba Mate contains 2/3 the caffeine as regular coffee. Native to South America, this tea is extremely high in antioxidants that neutralize harmful chemicals and radical damage in the body, promoting overall health. These antioxidants have been known to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and slow the aging process.

It’s also known for it’s ability to suppress appetite because of it’s high levels of chromium and thermogenic ability. Thermogenic [or thermogenesis] means that the tea is able to increase the temperature of the body, helping to burn calories and supporting weight loss [also seen in coconut oil].

Yerba Mate has 2x more antioxidants than green or black tea!

Power Vanilla Citrus Yerba Mate

Start your day off with a (healthful) kick of antioxidants, electrolytes and thermogenesis


  • 2 – 330mL coconut water (I used ZICO – found at many Natural Health Stores)
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 vanilla bean (1 tsp of vanilla extract will work too)


  1. Slice vanilla bean down the center and scrape out the inner paste. Place paste and bean in a small saucepan along with orange and lemon slices
  2. Empty coconut water into saucepan. Cover and heat on medium-high until boiled. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and drop in 2 bags of Yerba Mate
  4. Cover and let steep for 8-10 minutes
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 2.5 cups of tea (2-3 servings)

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }


Love the energy drink. I practically lived off yerba mate when I was in Brazil. Nice to see someone utilizing it in a beverage us Ugly Americans can enjoy!

Thanks for sharing



I bet the Yerba Mate in Brazil is prepare deliciously! How awesome!



delicious way to flavour coconut water


Chelsey Lindahl

Sounds delicious! I have to try it!



This stuff is good. So good. I am thinking maybe a morning-coffee replacement.



That’s a great idea Kevin!


Heather Brandt

So Yerba Mate does not have any side effects long term or short term? I googled it (I know that isn’t always that reliable as my husband reminds me!) and cancer came up.


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