Living in Portland has ruined me, and no, it’s not because of the rain. I’m talking about the COFFEE!
I thought I was a coffee fan before, but now that I’ve lived in Portland for nearly three years, the obsession has reached an all-new level.
This summer I discovered cashew milk lattes. I’m not a fan of almond milk, so I was skeptical of cashew milk at first. A post-run stop at one of our favorite roasters changed everything. After some miles on the trail, we stopped to do a little work and sip on some delicious coffee, and while I was sipping on a boring ole cold brew, they both ordered cashew milk cappuccinos (apparently they were already in the know). And they convinced me to try a taste.
It’s now my favorite coffee drink. It has a creamy, nutty, delicious flavor that I just can’t get enough of; I like it so much, in fact, that I will plan a trail run just to have an excuse to stop by this coffee shop and get a cashew milk latte.
I’m officially obsessed with these cashew milk lattes from @groundworkcoffee! It’s something I get after a trail run since one of their shops is in the neighborhood of a trailhead I frequent. But I’ve never considered attempting to make it at home. @heather213 has me rethinking that. Her coconut milk and cashew milk creamer recipes have me drooling, plus the idea of adding cacao and peppermint extract for an at-home mocha sounds like heaven. . . Basic recipe is in Stories, and more details on these and other #healthyholidays tips are in the @the30clean SweatFest Facebook Live video on @fitapproach ! . . #sweatfest #coffeeaddict #pdxcoffee #sweatpinkpartner #ad
Up until now it’s been a post-run treat, but thanks to one of our SweatFest sessions, it is now in my realm of possibility to partake in my favorite treat every day. At home. And what’s even better? I can keep it healthy at the same time.
During this year’s SweatFest, Heather of The 30 Clean gave us her top tips for staying on track and healthy during the holidays, including her healthy, homemade swap for coffee creamer.
Store bought coffee creamer is often full of preservatives and chemicals, and overloaded with sugar. Heather’s recipe only has three ingredients and is just as simple to make.
Those of you who love creamy, milky drinks will love this healthy swap! Her recipe starts out with a can of FULL-FAT coconut milk. LOVE that good-for-you coconut fat. The sweetness will come from a pitted date (or maple syrup or honey). And now the fun part can start: flavoring! Vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom. Or get even more festive for the holidays with pumpkin spices, peppermint extract, or cacao. Blend everything together, and store in the fridge for 4-7 days.
Substitute cashews to make cashew milk for my current obsession! It’s the same ingredients with dates and vanilla, and any other spices, with 1 cup soaked cashews (soaked 4 hours – overnight). For coffee creamer, soak 1 cup cashews in 1 ½ cups water to obtain a nice and thick consistency. (Drooling yet?) And then just blend!
*Side note: if you want cashew milk rather creamer, use more water
I absolutely LOVE mochas! They’re such a treat, and I rarely ever indulge myself with one. The idea that I could have a guilt-free mocha that I made myself at home makes me positively giddy! Just add cocoa and peppermint extract to my at-home cashew milk brew and voila, a healthier mocha!
As Heather says: You’ll never want to buy store bought milks again! Or go to Starbucks again… Want to watch all of Heather’s tips? Tune in here!
Thanks for helping us with our love of frothy, yummy coffee, The 30 Clean!