I am a believer that if you love coffee, you should be able to have coffee. Once a day, maybe. And really enjoy it while you do.
A key to enjoying it, I've discovered, is variety - and variety without sugar. [I've been off the sweet stuff since December, and have no intention of going back. Life is sweeter without it.]
I recently visited a new juice place on the Upper East Side [Birdbath Juice - if you're in NYC, go! It's charming!] and noticed the cacao-coffee-banana-date extravaganza listed on the menu. Because the sugar in bananas and dates hits me like a freight train, I decided to forego ordering one (opting for a green juice instead), but came home inspired to try making my own sugar-free version in our kitchen.
These little puppies were the result: a kick of antioxidant [coffee, raw cacao], fibrous goodness [flax meal], with the natural sweetness of almond milk and a tiny bit of crunchy texture [cacao, again -- so delish!].
Toss this together the next time you're early-morning crashing, or use decaf for an after-dinner dessert-y treat!
- 2 shots espresso (or 1 cup brewed coffee)
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbsp flax meal
- 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- ice, if you like
- cinnamon for sprinkling
- Combine all ingredients except cinnamon in a food processor and blend until combined.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.