Peppermint Mocha (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

Peppermint Mocha (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between cacao and cocoa powder?

Cocoa powder is actually made similarly to cacao, except cocoa is heated at a higher temperature during processing.

Less processed cacao (to which less heat has been applied) — such as raw cacao — tends to contain more antioxidants.

In addition, cacao powder generally contains more fiber and nutrients including selenium, magnesium, chromium and manganese than cocoa powder.

Though raw cacao is well-known for being healthier than cocoa, cocoa powder is still healthy for you. When purchasing cocoa at the grocery store, it’s important to buy plain cocoa powder, without artificial flavors and added ingredients. Be on the lookout for regular cocoa powder or dutch-processed, which is dark cocoa powder.

If you buy raw cacao powder, remember that some of its antioxidants will be destroyed by heat. Consider using cacao powder in smoothies and no-bake desserts/snacks. Cocoa powder is ideal where heat is involved.

Peppermint Mocha

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
2-3 tsp. maple syrup or honey
1-2 shots espresso (or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee)
1 drop peppermint essential oil (food grade) or 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract
Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a saucepan, warm milk, sweetener, cocoa/cacao and peppermint over medium-low for roughly 5-minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Froth the milk mixture with a blender, immersion stick or other tool.

3. Brew espresso then combine the milk mixture with the espresso. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings, if desired.

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Eggnog Latte (Dairy Free, Paleo)

Eggnog Latte (Dairy Free, Paleo)

?One of the things I love most about the holiday season is eggnog.

Its warm and festive flavours coupled with its rich and creamy texture makes it the perfect drink on its own – or even better, when combined with coffee ☕!

Since the BF and I were trapped inside on Sunday because of the freezing rain, we decided to play around with some eggnog latte recipes ?.

Here are a couple takeaway notes from our eggnog latte experiment:

1. The egg yolk is not necessary for taste, but it does create a creamier texture which is important if you’re using watered down carton nut milks. If using canned full fat coconut milk or other high fat nut milk, then the egg yolk is less important.

2. If you want a frothy latte and don’t have an espresso machine with a steam wand, you can use a blender, immersion stick or other frothing tool instead. Blend/froth warmed eggnog then pour into the espresso OR blend/froth eggnog and espresso together.

3. If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can make this latte with 1/2 a cup of strong brewed coffee instead.

4. Even if you don’t like eggnog, you just might enjoy this eggnog latte. The BF is proof of this. He hates eggnog, but he’s a coffee snob and enjoyed the combination of flavours in this recipe. BIG win for our Sunday latte experiment!

Eggnog Latte

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup coconut milk or other nut milk
1-2 tsp. maple syrup or coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground ceylon cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1-2 shots espresso
1 pastured egg yolk (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a saucepan, warm nut milk, sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium-low for roughly 5-minutes, stirring occasionally. You can also use a steam wand on an espresso machine to warm and froth ingredients at the same time.

2. If using an egg yolk: In a separate bowl, whip the egg yolk until frothy. Add a few teaspoons of the warm nut milk to the egg yolk (this will ensure you don’t end up with scrambled eggs), then pour the egg mixture into the warm nut milk and continue to heat for a couple minutes.

3. Froth the milk mixture/eggnog with a blender, immersion stick or other tool, if desired.

4. Brew espresso then combine the eggnog with the espresso.

5. Feel free to top with whipped coconut cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg and cinnamon.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte (Dairy Free & Delicious)

Pumpkin Spice Latte (Dairy Free & Delicious)

I’m officially obsessed with my morning Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s to the point where I wonder how I survived all the other seasons without it!

I like to make my lattes rich and creamy by using canned coconut milk which has a higher fat content.

You can also add collagen powder if you’d like. It’s a simple way to boost this warm and comforting beverage with nutrients that support your bones, joints, skin, nails and gut! It also makes this latte super satisfying, so it tames a hungry belly in a healthy way.

Enjoy this latte with a Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffin. It’s a match made in pumpkin spice heaven!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup coconut or almond milk, unsweetened
1 shot espresso
1/4 – 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 scoop collagen powder (optional)
1 tsp maple syrup (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Warm-up milk on the stove-top.

2. Add all ingredients into a blender.

3. Blend for 30+ seconds to get a delicious and frothy latte.

Mocha Collagen Latte (Dairy Free, Keto, Paleo)

Mocha Collagen Latte (Dairy Free, Keto, Paleo)

Have you ever considered adding more collagen to your diet to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, support your bones & joints or improve your gut health?

The best dietary sources of collagen are from inedible parts of animals, like bones and cartilage. The majority of Western diets aren’t rich in collagen since these animal parts tend to be discarded in food preparation and cooking.

Since animal food sources of collagen are less used, supplementation is an easy and accessible option to boost your intake.

The collagen found in most supplements is hydrolyzed, or separated, into amino acids making it more bioavailable (meaning its ability to be absorbed through the intestine and utilized in the body).

Studies have found that collagen in food has less bioavailability, compared to hydrolyzed collagen which is why collagen supplementation is very popular these days. 

Whole Body Collagen is my go-to collagen powder. I add it to smoothies and hot drinks like my Mocha Collagen Latte below. It’s an easy way to support my body with nutrients that I may not be getting through my diet.

Mocha Collagen Latte

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
1 shot espresso (or 1/2 cup strong coffee)
1 scoop collagen powder
1 tsp cacao powder
1 tsp honey or a pinch of stevia (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!