The Healthy Latte

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A Vegan & Raw Food-Friendly  Latte!

The evolution of my raw versions of coffee have been fun, but my husband blew the whistle after his mornings cup of Joe and called it the winning recipe.  If you haven’t been following the blog you may not realize my husband, Travis, was a coffee junkie. His addiction was so bad that I, his own personal in-house raw food chef and advocate for alkalizing – threw up my hands in frustration and gave up on weening him from the bean. Depriving him of caffeine was a public safety risk.

Maca F.A.C.A. was the first recipe that actually lured him away from coffee with it’s pleasing, rich flavor and superfood packed energy boost. It satisfied his need for ritual and for energy. He loved it and it empowered him to get off coffee, something he wanted to do to avoid the acidic side effects and extreme dips in energy that followed the highs.
He became a convert, believing in the power of raw foods and super foods. After putting an end to a life long, love/hate relationship with coffee, he spread the word and I posted it here which led to a massive group that has used the recipe to get off the bean.

What’s the new addition?  Ashwaganda. It adds a depth of flavor that rivals coffee’s deep richness and it is a powerful superfood that supports your thyroid, your immune system, and your stamina.  Try the new healthy, coffee replacement and tell me what you think in the comment section below.

Note that this recipe makes 6 cups and skips the need to make fresh almond milk because it uses the nut milk short cut featured last week.  I put links to my sources in case you need to stock your cupboards.


The Perfect Raw Food Latte

Ingredients

5 1/2 cups filtered water
2 tablespoons raw almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon raw vanilla
2 teaspoons maca powder
2 tablespoons raw cacao
1 teaspoon ashwaganda
dash of Himalayan sea salt
dash cayenne pepper
dash cinnamon
raw honey to desired sweetness

Blend in the Vita-mix for 2 minutes. The mixture will be warm, creamy, and have a frothy latte foam on top. Whenever you make the quick version of almond milk, that foam forms on top. In this case it is perfect! You’ll feel like your own healthy twist on a Barista!

  • Kevin Snyder

    I thought this drink definitely has possibilities. I’m going to experiment a little more though. I like a strong cup of coffee, and today’s result was ‘weaker’ than what I’d like.

  • http://www.thedeliciousrevolution.com Joy

    Kevin,
    You are right. My recipe is a very creamy latte- style beverage. If you want a stronger beverage add less “milk” by cutting down the almond butter and a little of the water and bump up the ashwaganda (slowly).
    Joy

  • http://ecovegangal.com Eco-Vegan Gal

    Wow! This looks so amazing! It’s so important for people to know about coffee alternatives. I featured it in this article: http://www.greenwala.com/profiles/eco-vegan-gal/blog/15414-Wheatless-Wednesday-5-Live-Food-Recipes-for-Spring-Cleansing

  • http://www.thedeliciousrevolution.com Joy

    Thank you for spreading the word Eco-Vegan Gal! I am loving y our site. It is an honor to have one of my recipes featured there. Nice work.
    joy

  • http://www.rawbayarea.com Heather Haxo Phillips

    Hi Joy, I am in a similar situation with my husband except we are dealing with authentic Indian chai. I have tried lots of different combinations with nut and seed milks and haven’t yet found something that can effectively replace pasteurized milk. We have found plenty of combinations that taste “ok” but none that are BINGO! I like how you just went outside the milk field to find your key ingredient. I too will start venturing afield. Would welcome any suggestions you might have.

  • http://www.thedeliciousrevolution.com Joy

    Heather, I am siding with you on health and with your husband on flavor. I LOVE CHAI! There I said it! Now that that little secret is out of my healthy bag, let me tell you about the “cheater Chai” I created. You can find my raw food version of chai here on the site. It uses almond milk as the base, but I also enjoy it with Brazil nut milk. I go with Brazil nut milk if people close to me have colds because these nuts contain selenium that our body requires to make the seleno-proteins that enable our body to use antioxidants. I hope you like it. Warm it up and have your husband give it a try.
    Joy

  • http://www.creativeicases.com-workinprogress Christina Hughes

    Joy! Thank you sooo much for these recipes. I absolutely love both this one and the one with matcha green tea powder. Both of them got me off of the coffee. I can’t thank you enough! These two recipes are amazing, so I look forward to trying more in the near future.
    Have an amazing day!
    ~Christina

  • http://www.thedeliciousrevolution.com Joy

    I’m so pleased to hear you are enjoying them Christina! I cannot express the impact switching from coffee to these healthy alternatives has made in our house. There is the health impact, but also the improved mood without the crash (and crabbiness) that come AFTER typical coffee wares off.

    Thanks for being in the conversation of health with me here on The Delicious Revolution.
    Joy

  • Holly

    Sounds lovely. I’m trying to go vegan raw but it is proving tricky with a toddler and a stubborn husband.

    One thing I am struggling with is coffee – I work at Starbucks! The temptation ! Also, I don’t know when I would have time in the morning for this.

    (also don’t have a vitamix).

  • http://www.thedeliciousrevolution.com Joy

    Holly,
    No need to rush into raw. I’m not 100% raw and my kids & husband still eat anything they want. Thankfully by incorporating fresh veggies & fruits wherever I can, the whole family is more healthy and craves healthier foods. Take the little steps you know you can take, you want to take, and keep with the ones that are well received. Let all the rest go.

    Joy

  • Gabrielle

    Is the ground vanilla powder (from the link above) interchangeable 1:1 with vanilla extract?
    organic, of course :)

  • http://www.thedeliciousrevolution.com Joy

    Gabrielle,
    Certainly! I like that you clarify organic. I would add alcohol free! Enjoy and thank you for being part of the conversation here on The Delicious Revolution.

    Joy

  • Jennifer

    Hi Joy,

    Where do you get the ashwaganda? Is it in powder or liquid form? Thanks!

    ~Jennifer

  • http://www.thedeliciousrevolution.com Joy

    Jennifer,
    I get my ashwaganda from Bright Earth Foods, a very conscious company that harvests & distributes their products in an admirable way. LOVE THEM!
    Joy

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