Christmasy Coffee, Two Ways

I almost hesitate to post this recipe. I really don’t recommend making yourself fancy coffee drinks all throughout the fast. It will add extra calories and sugar to your diet and is not exactly in line with the spirit of fasting, which calls for greater simplicity and less fuss about food. That being said, there are special occasions that call for a little celebration, like bringing someone coffee in bed for their birthday. And then there are sleepless nights followed by cold, gray mornings when you just need a little something to help you get up on the right side of bed. And don’t forget long afternoons of Christmas shopping and errand running when the “little green goddess” sings her siren song, tempting you to stop for a $4 latte. These two recipes (well, one recipe with two flavor options) are for moments like those.

Ingredients:

(This makes one 12 oz. drink (adjust accordingly to make coffee for two or fill an oversized mug.)                                                                                                                               2/3 cup strong coffee                                                                                                      2/3 cup chocolate almond milk (or other milk substitute of your choice)                        finely grated orange zest (the colored part of the peel                                                      OR peppermint extract (sold with vanilla and other flavorings)                                           for topping, which is optional                                                                                             1-2 TBSP coconut cream (the really thick stuff from the top of the coconut milk can)     1/4-1/2 tsp sugar                                                                                                               a few drops of vanilla

Method:

1. Heat chocolate “milk” in microwave or in a small pot. Combine with hot coffee. Add 3-5 drops of peppermint extract (this stuff is strong – start with a little and add more to taste) OR a tiny bit of orange zest. If you are making coffee for several people you could probably add orange zest with the coffee grounds. Add additional sweetener to taste (the chocolate almond milk adds enough sweetness for me, but if you like your coffee really sweet you might need to add more).

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I didn’t even measure because it really only takes a tiny bit. Probably less than 1/8 of a teaspoon. Enough to coat a fingertip. 🙂

2. If you want to be really decadent, scoop some coconut cream (you may have to put a can of coconut milk in the fridge to get it to separate – the weather is cold enough right now that mine separates just fine sitting in the pantry) into a small bowl. Sprinkle a pinch of sugar and a few drops of vanilla on top. Whisk it until smooth with a small wire whisk or even the back of a spoon. Scoop it on top of the coffee and enjoy!

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Gooooood morning!

Gooooood morning!

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