With recent calls to “boycott the date” – I was even more excited to read this delicious morning recipe that uses dates by our friend Amie Hamlin, the Executive Director of the wonderful organization Coalition for Healthy School Food, which gets healthy plant-based foods into the school system! Here’s her delicious, soul-warming recipe that makes morning just that much more exciting. I personally love the Mehadrim organic dates you can buy in bulk at Costco – but King Solomon on amazon are fab too.
I’d like to share my favorite (and only) way that I drink coffee. It’s a healthy coffee latte, and everyone who has tried it wants the recipe. If you enjoy coffee, you might enjoy it, too! I was inspired to create this recipe after making homemade vegan coffee ice cream, using cashews, coffee, maple syrup, and vanilla. I tasted it before putting it in the freezer, and thought, that would make a great coffee smoothie or latte. But I wanted to sweeten it with dates instead, and add some other healthy ingredients.
Coffee Date Chia Latte
- 3 cups of brewed medium roast coffee (for this I used 1.5 Tablespoons of ground coffee to 3 cups water, but you could do full strength coffee if you prefer)
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 small Brazil nut
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk or other non-dairy milk
- Optional: 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all dry ingredients plus optional vanilla in the blender. Pour just enough hot coffee* over the ingredients to cover, and let sit at least 10 minutes, so the chia seeds can absorb the coffee, and other ingredients are softened. Then blend for about a minute at high speed(start at low speed – see note below), until all ingredients are pureed. Add the rest of the coffee, and blend again (starting at low speed and gradually increasing it) for a moment. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and blend briefly at low speed (blending for too long will create more foam than you want, a brief blend creates just the right amount). Enjoy!
* Safety note – to prevent burns when blending hot liquid, for each time blending, always start with the blender on low and gradually increase the speed to avoid hot coffee splashing out.
Amie Hamlin is the Executive Director of The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) – a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that promotes plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools, to teach the whole school community about the effect of our food choices on health, the environment, equity, and other social justice issues.
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