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
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
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!