With three kids and a baby who is protesting sleep I depend on my coffee in the morning to get me going. When it comes to the afternoon however I like to make the switch to tea because I find it gives me a boost without giving me the jitters, anxious feelings and doesn’t keep me up all night. Lately, I have been going for a creamy matcha latte. I love how green and earthy it tastes and I find that it gives me an energy boost while also helping me to feel calm and focused.
So what makes my matcha latte so special? I say the cinnamon! Who knew matcha and cinnamon could taste so good together?
What is your go to afternoon beverage? have you tried matcha?
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After a crazy heat wave here in Portland we have finally had a bit of cool and rainy weather. I don’t know about you but cool, rainy weather = coffee in my world. Also moving with a one-year-old and a three-year-old also = coffee (coffee, coffee). So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than making an Autumn Spiced syrup while your husband makes you an espresso for your homemade latte? When we lived in Montpelier Vermont we used to go to Birchgrove Bakery (the name may be different now) and they had the best Autumn Spiced latte. I have no idea what was in it but I remember flavors of vanilla and cinnamon so I decided to make my own spiced syrup.
For the Autumn Spiced syrup you will need:
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of ground ginger
dash of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Bring the coconut sugar and water to a boil. Stir in the spices. Turn the heat down a bit and simmer until thick stirring frequently. Do not walk away from this because you don’t want want it to boil over or to burn. Once it coats the back of a spoon (about 3-4 minutes) pour into a heat proof container to cool slightly. To make the latte you will need one to two shots of espresso or you can make a cafe au lait by using your favorite coffee. Heat up the Almond Breeze Unsweetened (the syrup will be sweet enough) Vanilla Almond Coconut Milk and use an electric frother to create a really great foam. Add 1-3 teaspoons of syrup to your espresso/coffee and mix together then slowly add in the steamed milk and top with the delicious foam.
This drink is seriously delicious and while I usually drink my coffee black it will be the perfect treat for the Fall and Winter. I think I might even try it in my roasted dandelion teas as well; I bet it will be fantastic.
What gets you excited about Fall? For me it’s the crisp weather, Gilmore Girls (I re-watched it each Fall) and warm coffee.
This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.
After hearing that the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spiced Lattes aren’t vegan I have been wanting to make an “at home” version which is honestly way better on my wallet anyways. I haven’t been out to the market to get non-dairy creamer so I was excited to come home and find a sample from Mimiccreme.
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