Coconut Honey Latté
Coconut oil is magic, did you know that? It’s chock full of medium chain triglycerides, which is science for healthy fats that help the body efficiently burn energy! Coconut oil also can help fight off yeasts, fungi, and bacteria. It helps increase metabolism and can improve insulin use within the body. Not to mention it’s an excellent moisturizer for skin and hair. Superfood, amirite? It can easily replace butter in many baked recipes, but it’s not hard at all to sneak a teaspoon or two for an added boost into smoothies, milkshakes, and, you guessed it- even coffee! Hence this post. Another one of coconut oil’s magic properties is that when you blend it up with coffee and milk it creates an INSANE foam. Like, super thick and pretty café-quality foam*. Believe it. Such a great way to boost energy in the morning or (if you’re me) at 4 pm, when the morning coffee has faded. Enjoy! Also I am aware that honey isn’t technically vegan, as many bees are essentially exploited and uncompensated for their work. I’m not technically a vegan, so I do eat honey. And obviously there are vegans who abstain from animal byproducts for other reason, and do in fact eat honey. And then there are carnivores who just don’t like honey. So whatever your feelings on the substance, you can go for it or sub agave/maple syrup!
*A note on the photos/general life lessons learned: the first time I made this latté it came out incredibly. The foam was foamy, but it also managed to hang on to that lovely golden color that happens when coffee is mixed with milk (see above photo). Then I made it again because I wanted to share even more pictures of my coconut flavored success and it still came out appropriately foamy, but just, not AS good as it did the first time. So I made another. And another. No dice. And you know what I learned? Some things just aren’t worth it. Did it taste good? Absolutely. Did it still look nice in the pictures? Sure! Just not as nice as it did, but so what! Lesson = stop caring so much about whether the foam is perfect and start caring about actual things (like what is happening in Iraq/Ukraine or how I’m going to pay off my student loans when I graduate next year with a BA in theatre design or how I continue to eat salmon when apparently it’s destroying the environment even if it’s wild-caught). Let’s just breathe deep and blend some coconut oil.
1 shot espresso
1/4-1/2 c. almond milk (or whatever milk you like)
1 tbsp. solid coconut oil
1 tsp. honey (or agave or maple syrup)
Pull the espresso shot. Place in a blender along with milk, oil, and honey. Blend until frothy, about 30 seconds. Yum!