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WARMING SPICED COFFEE CREAMER + LATTE

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Autumn is nearly upon us (officially it comes this Friday), so I feel like we can legitimately start talking about cozy and hygge, and maybe even use the “p” word around here, but definitely not in conjunction with “spice”. The evenings are cooling down and the other day I even found myself reaching for a blanket to curl up on the couch with. The mornings have been rainy and misty the last few days so I’ve been back to my good friend oatmeal with some sautéed apples, plenty of seeds, and a fancy coffee to warm me up.

While I’m not really one for mainstream seasonal drinks, I love the seasonal celebration behind them. This homemade coffee creamer  is my ode to that celebration. It’s rich and nutty and is great added to a mug of hot coffee or whipped into a latte. It may not be the traditional super sweet and over-spiced kind of flavour we are used to this time of year, but that’s why I love it.

WEEKEND LINKS + LOVES

  • I’m so pumped that Vancouver is getting two zero-waste grocery stores in the next few months, but the idea of having a zero waste restaurant would be amazing. If you’ve ever worked in a kitchen, you’ll understand how much gets wasted in an industrial setting and how this would be a game-changer.
  • It’s getting back to podcast season around here. If you’re a history nerd like me, you’ll love this podcast. I mean, an entire episode just about the history of vinegar ! Swoon
  • I’m always a sucker for food documentaries (mainly Michael Pollan ones), so this film adaptation of eating animals,  narrated by Natalie Portman, will be a must watch.
  • I just discovered the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies of all time. I subbed natural almond butter, avocado oil, and coconut sugar, and they were still great.
  • This week I’m planning my first day of autumn celebration dinner! Thinking of maybe making  Heidi’s shepherd’s pie for a main, Amy’s Dutch Apple Pie for a sweetie, and for an appie –Kate’s fancy cocktails, a little snack board a la Shelly, and Sarah’s beet tartines
  • Finally my new favourite way  to de-stress (and maybe lose hours of my day…).

Warming Spice Latte with Walnut Milk

WARMING SPICED COFFEE CREAMER + LATTE

If this latte isn’t for you, try using this milk in coffee as is for your own holiday spiced creamer.

Makes 3 Cups. Print Recipe Here.

1 Cup Walnuts, soaked
3 Cups Water
2 Pitted Medjool Dates (3-5 of using Deglet Noor)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Cardamon Powder
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
Small Pinch of cloves

Espresso and a 1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil (optional)

  1. Either soak the nuts overnight or if pressed for time, boil some water and soak the walnuts in the boiled water for at least 1 hour. Drain the nuts and rinse them regardless of the soaking method used.
  2. Combine the walnuts with the three cups water, the dates and spices. Puree until smooth and frothy. Drain this mixture though a nut milk bag. Store the milk in the fridge for up to 5 days. Shake before using.
  3. Make your espresso or strong coffee and heat up enough milk to fill your mug. Combine the warmed milk, coconut oil, and coffee in a blender and blend until frothy. Serve as is or with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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xox Sophie

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Karlie
    September 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Have been wanting to try my hand at walnut milk! This looks and sounds so delightful- thanks for sharing Sophie!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      September 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Yay! So happy to hear this Karlie! The walnut milk is so creamy and rich, I love it! I also made a version this week without the spices and turned it into a cinnamon and rose hip latte – it was so yummy 🙂

  • Reply
    Ruby
    September 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Love the links you shared! And this creamer sounds like my cup of tea (or coffee in this case). I agree that the syrupy holiday beverages can be a bit much, but this one has the cozy spice factor with less of that sticky sweet. Perfect xx

    • Reply
      Sophie
      September 18, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Awe, thank you so much, Ruby! I hope there are loads of warm and cozy holiday sips coming your way soon <3

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    Tori//Gringalicious.com
    September 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    This is absolutely something I want to try soon because the cold weather always has me wanting to sip on sweet and creamy drinks! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      September 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Perfect, Tori! Seriously, curling up or going for a walk on an Autumn day with a warm drink is basically the best. hope you enjoy, friend xox

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    Jessica
    September 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Sophie, I love this rendition of the mainstream seasonal dinks and your appreciation for the celebration behind it. There is something to celebrate in with the coming of each season but there is truly something special about fall. Thank you for sharing this warming recipes! What a great way to kick of the season! xx, Jess

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      Sophie
      September 28, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Ah, thanks a million, Jess! Fall is really so special and I’m not even sure why. Every season has it’s special qualities, but fall’s are just the best! lol. So happy you like the recipe. Sending you loads of cozy vibes <3

  • Reply
    Jo
    September 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Do you listen to Gastropod? It’s a podcast that “explores food through the lens of science and history” and it’s my favourite podcast of all time – sounds right up your alley if you liked one about the history of vinegar!

    • Reply
      Sophie
      September 28, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Hey Jo! I don’t, but I must! Adding it to the list now, thank you!

  • Reply
    Jodi
    September 23, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Oh I’ve been feeling that same pull lately too, Sophie – slower mornings with a little extra cozy. I always drool at photos of frothy, creamy coffee (especially these ones!), but then when I drink them all I can think is ‘i prefer it black.’ BUT, oh I am picturing this delicious milk with an herbal chai tea bag in it this afternoon while looking at the fall colors from my window and it sounds just perfect to me. Might just have to listen to a podcast too 🙂 Happy fall, friend x

  • Reply
    Laine
    October 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Oh, this coffee looks like the perfect drink for a cold autumn morning, Sophie. 🙂 And that gorgeous mug!

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